The Boss Baby

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The Boss Baby (2017)

Directed by Tom McGrath

Based on the book The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Screenplay by Michael McCullers

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Miles Bakshi

A young boy (Bashki) and his baby brother (Baldwin) are still adjusting to one another. They’re forced to work together when a CEO hatches a ruthless plan.

This movie is one of the 2017 animated films that was nominated for Best Animated Feature by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The story comes from the book of the same name, written by Marla Frazee. The script was written by Michael McCullers (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me), and the film was directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar). The voice work was done by a talented group including Alec Baldwin (Still Alice), Lisa Kudrow (The Girl on the Train), Steve Buscemi (Con Air), Jimmy Kimmel (Pitch Perfect 2), and Miles Bakshi.

Michael McCullers wrote a fun script based on Marla Frazee’s book of the same name. Like most new animated films, this one works on multiple levels. This allows the story to appeal to adults and children alike. While this doesn’t have the charm that most Pixar films tend to, it’s still a fun one. The characters are unique and the comedy is mostly successful. There is also a decent amount of heart in the script. The fault of the story is the predictability. If you’re looking for something that will surprise you, this is not the movie. Overall, it’s a good story but nothing great.

The actors did a great job bringing this one to life. Alec Baldwin was the perfect choice for the lead role in this one. His performance helps to bring out all the comedy in the script. Lisa Kudrow, Steve Buscemi, and Jimmy Kimmel also do good work with their roles. Newcomer Miles Bakshi also does nice work, connecting with the rest of the cast and pulling off his role nicely. Overall, the voice acting in this one is solid throughout the movie.

The animation in this movie is solid. This doesn’t have anything groundbreaking going on, but there are no bad visuals either. From a production standpoint this is a good effort that did enough to get an Oscar nomination. If you’re a fan of animation you should check this one out. I would also suggest it to anyone who likes the actors who voiced the characters in this one. I give this one 3.6 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG

Running Time: 97 Minutes

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