Title: Home (Official site)
Tag Line: Worlds Collide
Release Date: 27 March 2015
Runtime: 94 min
Genres: Animation | Fantasy | Comedy | Adventure
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Theater (screening)
Production Company: DreamWorks Animation
Distributed By: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Director(s): Tim Johnson
Writer(s): Adam Rex (novel), Tom J. Astle (screenplay), Matt Ember (screenplay)
Stars: Jim Parsons (Oh), Rihanna (Gratuity ‘Tip’ Tucci), Steve Martin (Captain Smek), Jennifer Lopez (Lucy Tucci), Matt Jones (Kyle), Brian Stepanek (Gorg Commander / Father / Boov), April Lawrence (Boov Announcer)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Home is the newest animation release from Dreamworks studios and is loosely based on the book, The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. Though I didn’t realize it was based on a book until the end credits and as I’ve
never read this book I can’t make any comments on how true it is to the story. However, based on what I’ve read of Smekday’s synopsis there are several surface changes in terms of names and locations. But not knowing it was based on anything else allowed me to just sit back and enjoy this cute film.
I became interested in this one when I first saw the previews and they had me cracking up. Jim Parson’s voicing of Oh is perfect and there are times in which Oh is the Boov version of Sheldon Cooper. Just Sheldon Cooper’s less smart self and all of his social akwardness. There is also a little Oh in all of us, where we all just want to be liked and that we often make mistakes along the way. Rhianna also does a great job as Tip and when I hear Rhianna speak as herself its hard to mesh her adult self with the 13 year old animated girl she plays so well. Tip is full of sass and fire and she copes so well when aliens invade her world and somehow miss her in their relocation of all the Earth’s humans to other locations on the planet.
Tip and Oh meet under hilarious circumstances and while Tip is rightfully cautious of Oh he immediately takes to her and wants to be her friend. Of course it doesn’t hurt that she can help him escape as he has made one mistake too many with his Boov allies and he’s a wanted Boov. The two travel together and along the way Tip learns to see past her initial reaction and learns to like Oh for who he is and the two become friends. And through Tip, Oh learns a lot as well. Tip is brave and filled with hope even in the most dire of circumstances. She’ll run towards danger if she thinks that she has a shot at helping someone else. Which is a concept foreign to the Boov and a great message for Oh and young viewers. Its ok to be scared but being scared doesn’t mean you aren’t incapable of doing that difficult task ahead of you.
Home is filled with action and adventure and lots of laughter that kids and adults will enjoy. There is the slapstick humor that is more readily accessible to younger audiences and also the more subtle sarcastic moments that will appeal to adults. Its truly a film that will appeal to all generations. Though all is not filled with laughs as I will admit that there as a time or two when I totally teared up with what was happening on the screen. (Stupid animated movie trying to make me cry!)
All in all Home is a fun movie and Tip is a great role model. We need more girls like Tip on the big screen. She’s smart and funny as well as flawed and real. I also loved that she was a character of color. I enjoyed most everything about this film and my quibbles are all minor and not worth mentioning. Home is filled with wonderful animation and was just a joy to watch. Totally worth seeing.
My Recommendation: Worth seeing in the theatre, though don’t think 3D adds anything extra to this one.