DreamWorks’ Only 2015 Film, ‘Home,’ to Open This Friday
Many are calling DreamWorks’ new animated tale, “Home,”—set to open in theaters this Friday—an act of deja vu.
Adapted from the children’s book “The True Meaning of Smekday,” “Home” is about an alien race called the Boov. On the run from an intergalactic enemy, the Boov stage friendly takeovers of various planets throughout the galaxy along the way.
At the center of the “Home” story though, is Oh, a misfit alien voiced by “The Big Bang” star Jim Parsons. His name comes from the dull reaction his alien brethren have anytime he makes an over-the-top attempt to fit in: “Oh.”
When Oh becomes a fugitive from his own race, he meets Gratuity “Tip” Tucci (voiced by Rihanna), a young girl who got separated from her mother, Lucy (Jennifer Lopez). Along with Tip’s cat, named Pig, the unlikely duo sets off together in a flying car in search of Lucy.
Many reviewers are comparing the relationship between Oh and Tip to Lilo and Stitch, or Elliott and E.T. While DreamWorks has created such memorable characters as Shrek and Po from Kung Fu Panda, Oh is a lovable character with good intentions who comes off as slightly obnoxious, trapped by too much energy.
Wall Street analysts are already expressing concern that DreamWorks has another money-losing picture on its hands. Poor sales will indeed be a setback for founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who has led the studio for two decades. Releasing only two to three pictures per year, the company has lost money on four of the past six, resulting in cut jobs, closed offices, and trimmed release schedules, including another film planned for this year.
But who can resist an animated film? Especially one about aliens and serendipitous meetings? I’ll be catching “Home” myself, even if critics are excited to exclaim, “Ho-hum!”