Now that nothing new’s coming out in theaters for the next few months, it’s time to focus on what’ll be getting the lion’s share of moviegoer eyeballs this spring: streaming.Â And Netflix is ready with their latest CGI animated movie, The Willoughbys.
The Willoughbys is a dark comedy (well, “dark” by kids standards) about a family of children that have to suffer under selfish parents who ignore them and treat them as disposable. Well, the Willoughbys can dispose right back! Let’s say these parents were to win an all-expenses-paid, luxurious vacation….to some dangerous jungle in the middle of nowhere…..HA HA HA HA HAAAAA!
The plan works perfectly, at least at first. Not only are the Willoughby children eager to get rid of their parents, the feeling’s mutual: they’re extra-enticed by the fine print in the fake brochure that says “No Children Allowed.” After they speed off in a minivan loaded with suitcases, the Willoughby kids breathe a sigh of relief. They’re still gonna need a caretaker, so in walks their much-less-cruel nanny to fill the hole.
Ah, but then word gets out that the Willoughbys successfully ditched their parents, and now the militaristic Family Services is after them! To evade The Man, they all split in the nanny’s car and go on a toad trip, which takes up the rest of the three-minute trailer.
The Willoughbys stars the voices of Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, Ricky Gervais, and Terry Crews. It’s based on the book of the same name by Lois Lowry, which was published in 2008 (just pointing that out in case, like me, you’re familiar with Lowry but don’t remember this book existing when you were a kid….because it didn’t).
Check out The Willoughbys when it lands on Netflix April 22. No theater ticket needed!