Few modern comedic actors have a voice quite as instantly recognizable as Alec Baldwin. The former 30 Rock star and frequent Saturday Night Live host has made a career off of playing smooth talkers, so it's almost shocking to realize that he hasn't done much in the realm of animation outside of a few television guest appearances. However, that's definitely poised to change with the upcoming release of DreamWorks' The Boss Baby. A new trailer for the movie has just hit the web, and it looks like an absolute riot. Check it out below!
That trailer promises to be a delightful movie that answers an age-old question: what would happen if we combined 30 Rock's Jack Donaghy with Family Guy's Stewie Griffin. Okay, maybe that's not an age-old question, but you get the idea. The core conflict of The Boss Baby centers on a 7-year-old boy who finds his life turned upside down when his parents bring him a newborn baby brother. As the elder brother begins to feel more and more phased out by the newborn, he starts to notice that his little brother acts incredibly odd for an infant. Eventually he realizes that the baby is actually working for a company called BabyCorp, and is secretly plotting against puppies, who have surpassed babies in terms of cuteness.
At this stage in the film's marketing campaign, there are still quite a few aspects of the movie that we aren't quite sure about. Is the baby actually talking and conducting business, or is the boy imagining that as a way of coping with such a massive life shift? We don't really know at this point, but both possibilities present hilarious narrative avenues for the film.
Aside from the awesome jokes and the inherent cuteness of the overall plot, it's definitely worth noting that there's some truly stellar animation at work in The Boss Baby trailer. The film appears to be chock full of awesome action sequences, and they all look clear, well choreographed and downright cool. We have seen an enormous surge in the quality of animated films in recent years, and DreamWorks definitely seems intent on getting in on the action. As long as they keep making phenomenal movies, we're in no position to complain.
At its core, and despite all of the jokes and cool action sequences, the central thesis of the film appears to be deeply rooted in the concept of family. The baby and his older brother clearly have quite a bit of trouble coping with their newfound brotherhood, but we have a distinct feeling that they will come to respect one another throughout the course of the movie. That's how the best animation works these days -- by combining humor, spectacle and healthy dose of pathos.
CinemaBlend will bring you more information related to the upcoming release of The Boss Baby as new details become available to us. The film will hit theaters this spring on March 31, 2017.