Director: David Feiss
Budget: 100 million USD
Production companies: Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Animation, Ilion Animation Studios
Producers: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Adam Herz, Chris Moore, Kendra Halland
Film synopsis :
Parents need to know that Wonder Park is an animated adventure comedy set in a magical amusement park. A creative girl named June (voiced by Brianna Denski) stumbles on a rundown amusement park in the woods that bursts to life with magic when she arrives. She realizes the park came from her imagination, and, along with several new talking animal friends, she sets out to restore and save it. Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Kenan Thompson, and Ken Jeong join the voice cast. Expect some action-packed sequences and humor that might be too much for the youngest viewers, but overall this looks OK for kids and families.
|Music by||Steven Price|
|Cinematography||Juan García Gonzalez|
|Edited by||Edie Ichioka|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
When Wonder Park, the embattled Paramount and Nickelodeon animated film, released its first trailer, we had some concerns. Now, we have even more.
The original question, which still stands, is: how does the theme park in this movie (which may or may not actually be named Wonder Park) get its denizens? The whole thing seems to be run by animals and one small child, so it stands to reason that they’re not exactly running a business here with robust ticket sales, safety regulations, and concession stands. Did these animals kidnap a buncha people?
Now, after seeing the second trailer for Wonder Park, I have even more questions. Specifically: what is the history of theme parks in this world? Per this trailer, we get more of the actual story outline of the film, which stars the voices of Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, and John Oliver, among others. The young heroine, June, creates a theme park in her backyard, to disastrous effect. Defeated temporarily but not in spirit, June absconds to the woods? I guess? And finds… the real theme park she imagined, built IRL, and probably also constructed in detail in Rollercoaster Tycoon? And it’s buried in the forest, watched over by talking animals, one of whom is John Oliver.
Okay, uh, how does a theme park get buried in the forest? Provided this isn’t some profound act of imagination on the heroine’s part, this suggests a world with such a history that a theme park could be very old, and could go not just abandoned but forgotten long enough for it to be almost entirely reclaimed by vegetation. What apocalyptic terror would be necessary to create these conditions? What, but some awful act of violence or disaster, could create such a rift in collective memory? Whither is your history, Wonder Land? What has become of you?
Oh, yeah, and this movie looks pretty cute, too. It comes out on March 15th, and in the meantime stick with us at io9, where we come from the future and overthink cartoon movie trailers.