Yes, this is real, and it will be in cinemas soon.
Sony has dropped the official trailer for The Emoji Movie, giving us a look at the CG-animated movie that will be taking your smartphone’s emojis on a cliché-filled adventure.
The plot follows Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller), an emoji able to have multiple emotions since he was born without a filter. He heads on an adventure – sorry, “app-venture” (as the synopsis describes it) – throughout the user’s phone to become “normal” and, of course, save his world before it’s deleted.
It’s as though someone swallowed up Wreck-It Ralph, The Lego Movie and Inside Out … and The Emoji Movie is what came out the other end. But hey, there could be some fun on offer and the recycled shenanigans are certainly colourful enough to keep the kiddies entertained. While the thumbs down-to-up ratio on the trailer’s YouTube account is somewhat indicative of how people are feeling about this one, it’s important to remember that little ones don’t particularly care about that, and some children could end up absolutely adoring what’s on offer here.
Anthony Leondis (Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Igor) directs from a screenplay he penned with Eric Siegel.
We’ll find out if we have a surprisingly fun hit or an eye-rolling cash grab when The Emoji Movie, also featuring voice work from James Corden, Anna Faris, Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera, Maya Rudolph, and Patrick Stewart as Poop, opens in the US on July 28 and arrives in Australia on September 14.
Synopsis for The Emoji Movie:
The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.