Suddenly almost all the trailers I see are either films going for Academy Awards or soon to be released “kids” films. Now not all of these are kids films. Some of them are made for adults who are hung over, on a plane, or in some kind of way, looking for a distraction. Ever since Shrek, films have been getting a number of A-list movie stars to show up in animations or slap-stick comedies with adult-ish humor that both kids and adults can enjoy. Some succeed, some don’t. Looks like we’ve got a pretty impressive list to choose from with actors including Christopher Plummer, John Travolta, Emily Mortimer, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Steve Martin, Reese Witherspoon and more.
Check out the trailers and stats of the upcoming “kids” movies:
Release: May 29, 2009
Cast: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger
Director: Pete Docter
Writer: Bob Peterson
Studio: Pixar Disney
WTF: In this “coming of old age” story, a seventy-something hero, alongside his clueless wilderness ranger sidekick, travels the globe, fighting beasts and villains, and eating dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon.
My Take: Reminds me of a modern, sarcastic “James and the Giant Peach.”
Release: February 6, 2009
Director: Harald Zwart
Writer: Lowell Ganz
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer
WTF: Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of International detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. Their mission: Stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts.
My Take: Great cast. Good for watching on a treadmill or a plane.
Release: November 21, 2008
Director: Chris Williams
Writer: Chris Sanders
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Cast: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman
WTF: An animated comedy adventure featuring a super-dog named Bolt (voice of John Travolta), whose days are filled with danger and intrigue—at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet—a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus). Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions—a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voice of Susie Essman) and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino (voice of Mark Walton)—Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero.
My Take: I have to say, I like the hamster. I used to have a hamster that loved his running ball (or maybe he hated it and was always trying to get away?), so I sold on the hamster, but I do think someone was high when they cam up for the premise of this movie.
Monsters Vs. Aliens:
Release: March 27, 2009
Director: Rob Letterman
Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Cast: Seth Rogen, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd
WTF: When California girl Susan Murphy is unexpectedly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall and is instantly labeled a “monster” named Ginormica. The military jumps into action, and she is captured and held in a secret government compound. The world learns that the military has been quietly rounding up other monsters over the years. This ragtag group consists of the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement time is cut short however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country.
As a last resort, under the guidance of General W.R. Monger (on a desperate order from The President), the motley crew of Monsters is called into action to combat the aliens and save the world from imminent destruction.
My Take: Adult humor in kid form. Hope they pull it off.
Trailers via traileraddict.com