DreamWorks Animation’s latest computer-animated film brings the battle of sibling rivalry to hilarious levels with their latest film, Boss Baby, starring the vocal casting of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel.
The plot (based on Marla Frazee’s picture book of the same name) follows 7-year old Tim Templeton’s battle for the supremacy of his parent’s love against his new “baby brother”, a poorly disguised double agent sent from the imaginary Baby Making Plant in the Sky (you know, the place that your parents lied to you about in an effort to avert from having the dreaded, “talk” with you about where babies really came from), aka BabyCorp. The film comprises the eternal battle of brother against brother as young Tim fights to win back his parent’s attention and break the spell that this new addition to the family has them under. Baldwin, who voices the Boss Baby delivers the script with the deadpan cynicism of an adult professional working in middle management; reminiscent of his character Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock, only more sensible and more funny. At some point these two have to unite in the effort to fight an enemy larger than themselves to protect their own personal interest and learn the true meaning of brotherhood.
DreamWorks Animation always seems to stand on their own when it comes to animated films by: 1). Appealing to the adults that get dragged out by their kids to these films by sprinkling plenty of modern, adult references throughout the storyline and 2). Establishing their production brand as the antithesis of the classic child films of their long standing competition (*coughs* Disney).
However, DreamWorks does hold on to the power of imagination; especially within the spirit of a child. Imagination was a strong theme in Boss Baby, and helped provide some of the best comedic moments. Since the morals and points of the story were clearly made, the film, like its main characters were short and ending, sweet.
I give it 5/5 baby bottles.
Take your kids. If you have more than one, this movie will remind what a blessing it is to have a friend for life in their brother or sister. If you have an only child, this movie will definitely make them count their blessings instead of baby brothers.