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DreamWorks Is Producing A 3D Computer Animated Post-Apocalyptic Feature w/ A Black Girl At The Center

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 15, 2014 5:44 PM
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DreamWorks Animation studios plans to add a little, shall we say, "color" to its growing, rather *vanilla* portfolio of movies, with its next project, titled Home, a 3D computer-animated feature film set in the future, which is based on Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, and stars Rihanna (providing the voice for the starring character - an enterprising girl named Tip), Jennifer LopezJim Parsons, and Steve Martin


It's certainly not often that black girls (or boys) are at the center of 3D computer-animated feature films set in the future, produced by Hollywood movie studios.

Tim Johnson is directing the film which is described as a post-apocalyptic-alien-invasion-buddy-comedy, with a synopsis that reads:

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while the Boov get busy efficiently reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov by the name of Oh (Jim Parsons). Equally stubborn and set in their ways, these two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. Good thing they have a flying car.

Jennifer Lopez voices Tip's mother and Steve Martin does the same for Captain Smek, the leader of the Boov race.

Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy are the producers of the film, adapted by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember

To be distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film is scheduled to be released on November 26, 2014.

A 4-minute short prequel called Almost Home was attached to theatrical showings of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman and 20th Century Fox's Rio 2 earlier this year.

The short shows The Boov and their leader Captain Smek in a sequence of unsuccessful attempts at finding a hospitable planet, before they finally come across the Earth.

In addition to her voice role, Rihanna will also reportedly record a concept album featuring original songs from the film.

Not much media is currently available for the film except for the above graphic showing the two main characters - Oh the alien (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip the girl (voiced by Rihanna) - and the short prequel to the upcoming feature, which is embedded below:

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14 Comments

  • Jackie | April 28, 2014 11:33 PMReply

    I'm cautiously excited. I read "The True Meaning of Smekday" and for a kid's chapter book it's a very entertaining read. One big change from the book to the movie is that the Boov that Tip falls in with named itself J. Lo.

  • 3d2002 | April 17, 2014 10:03 AMReply

    I think I'll pass, I like the cast but the "horns" on them reminds me of the devil and I'm sure there are some subliminal messages in there that's not good for the kids.

  • ggg | May 1, 2014 6:48 PM

    Really get over yourself

  • Alias | April 17, 2014 12:15 AMReply

    I would like to be excited about this movie, but I cannot stand Rhianna. Why coudn't they have chosen Regina King, Sanaa Lathan or any ACTUAL actress, as opposed to overexposed, untalented Rhianna? ... No, thanks. I'll pass.

  • boomslang | April 16, 2014 4:55 PMReply

    Interesting but this character looks mixed race . I would expect much tighter curls and very dark hair. Pass

  • ThisIsTrue | April 29, 2014 7:06 PM

    You're forgetting the one drop rule that Europeans made. If the skin is even a tiny bit pigmented then it means there's a black ancestor and that makes the whole line black. (sarcasm)

  • daa5417 | April 16, 2014 10:49 PM

    I'm wondering if this comment sounds as dumb as I think it sounds.

  • Reesh | April 16, 2014 4:26 PMReply

    I likey!!! :)

  • rea | April 20, 2014 9:56 AM

    It does.

  • Artistetc84 | April 16, 2014 11:58 PM

    It was beyond ignorant... If there wasn't such a thing before there sure is now.

  • BEKA | April 16, 2014 11:47 PM

    Yes, it did sound dumb!

  • Elle | April 16, 2014 10:28 AMReply

    I am irrationally excited about this. :)

  • James Madison | April 16, 2014 1:50 AMReply

    Hmmm. On the radar.

  • JulieB | April 16, 2014 1:35 AMReply

    A black girl in animation!!?!?!? Do my eyes deceive me! I'm so here for this, and I don't even like Rihanna. I hope this movie performs well so they dont use it as an excuse to never make a movie with black characters again.

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