On April 8th Walt Disney Studios celebrated Friendship Day by announcing a new movie with a trailer from the U.K.-based CG animation studio Locksmith Animation and 20th Century Studios. It is Locksmith Studio’s first theatrical release and it is set to be released worldwide on October 22.
Locksmith was founded in 2014 by Sarah Smith, formerly a creative director at Aardman, with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and DNEG. Smith had made her animation debut as director and co-writer of 2011′s Arthur Christmas, and co-executive produced The Pirates! Band Of Misfits in 2012. In September 2017, Locksmith signed a multi-year production deal with what was then Twentieth Century Fox Film to produce a new animated feature film every 12-18 months. A month later, they announced Ron’s Gone Wrong as their first feature, with Alessandro Carloni (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Pixar story vet Jean-Philippe Vine (Cars 3, The Good Dinosaur) co-directing.
Ron’s Gone Wrong was intended to mark the beginning of a new line of Fox Animation features that would complement its output from Blue Sky Studios. That all changed though after Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox in 2019. Disney proceeded to dismantle Fox Animation, shut down its subsidiary Blue Sky Studios, and Locksmith’s deal with Fox collapsed.
Ron’s Gone Wrong had become caught up in the corporate turnover, and Disney ended up with the film. Locksmith has since signed a multi-film deal with Warner Bros.
The new animated movie is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend Out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.
The animated comedy adventure stars Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms and Justice Smith.
Ron’s Gone Wrong is directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith, with co-directing by Octavio Rodriguez (story artist on Coco and The Incredibles 2). The script is written by Peter Baynham (Arthur Christmas, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm) and Smith. Julie Lockhart (Shaun the Sheep Movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits”), also a co-founder of Locksmith, and Lara Breay produce, with Locksmith chairman Murdoch, Smith, and Baynham serving as executive producers.
Here is the trailer:
What do you think of the movie trailer? Will you go see it in theaters in October?