DreamWorks had a great 2016, if you look exclusively at its fiscal success. Trolls, a nonsensical cautionary tale that warns that sad people will eat happy people whole for their tasty goodness, did gangbusters at the box office and Kung Fu Panda 3, unnecessary and tedious as it was, also made an admirable splash with audiences. And it’s not looking as if 2017 will be any less successful, with the long-awaited adaptation of Captain Underpants set to hit theaters next summer and The Boss Baby, an adaptation of Marla Frazee‘s beloved children’s book, will kick off their year on March 31st.
The new trailer for The Boss Baby, which you can take a look at below, makes the next big DreamWorks staple look like a vaguely enjoyable, predictably and emptily family-centric ditty, helped immensely by the fact that Alec Baldwin is voicing the baby. Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow also lend their distinct pipes to this animation, with Madagascar honcho Tom McGrath taking on directing duties. It’s certainly not something I would say on a whim for my own entertainment, but as far as movies I can sit through with my nephews and nieces, this looks borderline tolerable.
Here’s the new trailer for The Boss Baby:
Here’s the official synopsis for The Boss Baby:
DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ THE BOSS BABY. THE BOSS BABY is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ THE BOSS BABY is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.