RON’S GONE WRONG Opens Exclusively in Theatres on October 22nd!
Thank you Kylie Cantrall, Julie Lockhart, Sarah Smith, Peter Baynham, Octavio Rodriguez, Jean-Philippe Vine, Zach Galifinakis, Ed Helms and Jack Dylan Grazer for the utterly delightful press junket of RON’S GONE WRONG that opens exclusively in theatres on October 22nd!
Disney and 20th Century Studios has released the first trailer for Ron's Gone Wrong. The upcoming animated feature is the first from Locksmith Animation. It represents the initial collaboration between Locksmith and 20th Century Studios, a partnership that was hatched by 20th Century Fox before the Disney merger went into effect in 2019. The movie features a robot voiced by Zack Galifianakis (The Hangover, Baskets). And, to put it mildly, this little robot friend is not working as he is supposed to and this is exactly when the shenanigans begin.
The trailer kicks off with a commercial showcasing a spectacular new device that connects people around the world while also serving as an actual friend. Like an iPhone with a body and a personality. The B Bot, as it's called, seems remarkable in the ad. While many other kids around the world get a B Bot as well, Barney, voiced by IT and Shazam star Jack Dylan Grazer, gets a unique one. Unique in the sense that it malfunctions quite a bit. At first, these quirks seem irritating but a real friendship develops between the boy and the little robot.
Q: "Could you tell us the creative process behind Ron's design, both in terms of character and appearance?"
Yeah, well, we really wanted from the get go for it to be super simple and appealing and almost as if we stole the best designers from Apple to make this thing. But it had to do so many things. It had to kind of move around on wheels and be able to go up and down stairs, which I don't think any robot has figured out yet. But it also had this 360 screen, Sarah, you always talked about it being like a walking, talking iPad, you know, and that was really cool because with that screen, we could design each Bot to have a different persona. So all the kind of tribes in our movie, whatever you're into, if you're into Death Metal or Daft Punk or gaming, you'd have a really cool robot kind of persona, which was awesome, but it almost killed our rigging crew because they had to rig all these extra characters. And it was kind of an amazing feat, actually to create so many different kinds of robots.
Q: Ed, we wanted to ask you about Dad, Mr. Pudowski and Donka, because there's a great relationship there that we watch on screen as well. And this character that Olivia's kind of brought to life through her performance as well. I don't know if you guys were able to do any voice work together or if you weren't, were you privy to her performance to kind of play off that in a way?
So, yeah, unfortunately we were not able to do any recording together, but throughout the process, all the filmmakers, the whole gang, was so great about showing us kind of works in progress and showing us little sequences that were sort of coming together for animatics, which are kind of these like, basically, storyboards, but with voices, and that is so helpful and so fun. I mean, it kind of brings the world to life during the process. I think there were also a lot of... I remember seeing stills. I can't remember if you guys printed them out or if they were just on your iPads or whatever. But even just seeing the characters and seeing some of the movement, even as the animators are still working on it, was just so helpful and so honestly fun. And just like this seed for my imagination to take hold and obviously Olivia's so funny, and her performance is so exuberant. Even just hearing that voice. I kind of knew in my imagination how to play off of it.
Twentieth Century Studios and Locksmith Animation’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” 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.”
RON’S GONE WRONG opens exclusively in theatres on October 22nd.
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