- “Born leader.”
The Boss Baby is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy film that is DreamWorks Animation 34th feature film, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Studios. (Later This film was pay by Universal Pictures.) The film is directed by Tom McGrath and written by Michael McCullers. It is loosely based on a picture book of the same name, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee. The film stars Steve Buscemi and Alec Baldwin.
Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was a box office success, grossing $528 million worldwide against it's $125 million budget. It is the 18th highest-grossing film of 2017, the third highest-grossing animated film of 2017 (behind Despicable Me 3 and Coco), and the 41st highest-grossing animated film of all time.
A sequel is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2021.
A man named Tim Templeton tells a story through his imaginative point of view as his 7-year-old self who lives his days having fun with his parents, Ted and Janice, in the late 1970's and wishes it to be just the three of them forever. While tucking Tim in bed one night his parents ask if he wanted a baby brother; Tim declines the offer, saying that he is enough. After he goes to sleep, we see that Janice is pregnant.
While sleeping Tim begins to wonder where babies come from. One day, Tim is surprised when a business suit-wearing infant shows up in a taxi at his house, and Ted and Janice proudly call him Tim's little brother. Tim is envious of the attention the baby is receiving, not to mention suspicious when the infant acts odd around him, but his parents, being blind to the baby's eccentric behavior, try to convince him that they will grow to love each other. Soon, Tim learns that the baby can talk like an adult and he introduces himself as "The Boss". Seeing an opportunity to be rid of him, Tim decides to record a conversation between him and other toddlers who are over at Tim's house for a meeting to do something about how puppies are receiving more love than babies. After a while, the triplets give Lindsey a warning that parents are coming, the screen then shows multiples of parents busting throw the hall and mistaken them for a fake meeting, then they aw because it’s cute to them, then boss baby to cover his evidence of doing a real meeting, his team and him both act like normal babies while in the act of saying how it’s humiliating. The Boss Baby and the other infants catch Tim with the recording and after a chase scene throughout the backyard and the house, the tape is terminated after The Boss Baby threatens to tear up Tim's favorite stuffed animal, Lam-Lam. With no evidence to support him, Tim is subsequently grounded by his parents for his actions during the chase between him and the infants, much to Tim and even Boss Baby's dismay.
The Boss Baby comes to Tim and has him suck on a pacifier that transports them to Baby Corp, a place where infants with adult-like minds work to preserve infant love everywhere. They are virtual, so they cannot be seen or heard. The Boss Baby explains to Tim that he was sent on a mission to see why puppies are getting more love than infants. He has infiltrated Tim's residence because his parents work for Puppy Co., which is unleashing a new puppy on the day that employees take their children to work. The Boss Baby also explains that he stays intelligent by drinking a which enables a baby to act like an adult. However, if a baby does not drink it after a period of time, he or she reverts to a regular baby. He hopes to receive a promotion after dealing with Puppy Co.'s new puppy, but when they overhear Boss Baby's boss threaten to fire him for not bringing in information, thereby stranding him at the Templetons, he and Tim agree to work together to keep that from happening.
After appearing to have patched things up, Tim's parents lift the grounding and take them to Puppy Co. While there, they slip away and find what they think is the plans for a, but it turns out to be a trap set by founder Francis E. Francis. They discover that Francis used to be the head of Baby Corp. and Boss Baby's idol, but was forced out when it was discovered that his lactose intolerance kept the secret formula from working properly. Vowing revenge, Francis founded Puppy Corp. and intends to have the Forever Puppies overshadow babies by stealing Boss Baby's serum bottle and infecting the puppies with it. Tim's parents go with Francis to Las Vegas, and Francis has his brother Eugene pose as Tim and Boss Baby's babysitter to keep them from interfering.
Without a steady flow of serum to keep his intelligence in check, Boss Baby begins reverting back to being a normal baby. Despite this, he and Tim manage to evade the "babysitter" long enough to get to the airport, but are too late to intercept Tim's parents. Upset, Tim blames Boss Baby for using his family for his own ulterior motives, for which Boss Baby, after some hesitance, apologizes. After sneaking on a plane for Elvis impersonators bound for Vegas, they stall Francis' presentation when Eugene unwittingly gives away their plan, which they begin to have a good time together with Tim's imagination in the plane.
Furious at their interference, Francis proceeds to lock Tim's parents up so he can burn them with exhaust from a rocket used to launch the Forever Puppies. Tim and Boss Baby fight with him, and then push him into the formula. Boss Baby opens the rocket to let the dogs out, so they can save Tim's parents. After he successfully does that, he returns to baby state while still on the rocket, but Tim sings to him with a family song to show him appreciation, causing him to jump off of the rocket before it launches. Francis, having reverted back to baby form, attempts to attack them again, but Eugene interferes, stating he'll "raise him right this time" now that he's a baby again.
Boss Baby gets promoted, leaves in a taxi, and Tim goes back to being an only child. But Tim and Boss Baby, having grown closer, start to miss each other (which they discover that love doesn't change places, but multiplies instantly). Boss Baby, fed up, decides to be part of the Templeton family permanently. He returns to the Templeton family as a regular baby named Theodore Lindsey Templeton, as the whole story turned out to be in Tim's imagination, and Ted and Janice have just brought him home from the hospital.
Back to the present, Tim who finished the story is now an adult and now the father of an older daughter and an infant daughter who was just born and acts exactly like Theodore did when he was Boss Baby.
- Miles Bakshi as Tim Templeton, Boss Baby's 7-year-old brother
- Alec Baldwin as Boss Baby, a baby with the mind and voice of an adult.
- Steve Buscemi as Francis E. Francis, the CEO of Puppy Co.
- Jimmy Kimmel as Ted Templeton, Tim's father.
- Lisa Kudrow as Janice Templeton, Tim's mother.
- Conrad Vernon as Eugene Francis, Francis E. Francis' brother.
- James McGrath as Wizzie, Tim's Gandalf-esque alarm clock, and Elvis Impersonators
- David Soren as Jimbo
- Nina Zoe Bakshi as Tim Templeton's Daughter, Girl, Little Girl
- Tom McGrath as Julia Child
- Walt Dohrn as the Photographer
- James Ryan as Story Bear
- Eric Bell Jr. as The Triplets
- ViviAnn Yee as Staci
- Edie Mirman as The Big Boss Baby, Boss Baby's big boss
- James Izzo as Elvis impersonators
Upon reading the original book on which the film is based McGrath felt a connection to it, as he had an older brother and felt like "the boss baby of the family". In keeping with that theme he stated, in an interview with Den of Geek, that "My personal goal with this was to watch this movie with my brother, and to see how it affected him!", which resulted in McGrath's brother being moved to tears by the completed film.
In September 2014, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey joined the cast of the film, with further casting news announced in June 2016, including Steve Buscemi replacing Spacey. Miles Bakshi, son of the DreamWorks Animation's producer Gina Shay and grandson of the film director Ralph Bakshi, who directed the 1972 American adult animated comedy film Fritz the Cat, provided the voice of 7-year old Tim. Having been often present at DreamWorks, McGrath initially asked Bakshi only to provide a temporary voice for Tim to see if the character "worked". The producers listened to 30 to 40 children to choose the scratch voice. McGrath explained their decision: "No one sounded as authentic as Miles did. A lot of child actors are great, but they are over-articulate for their age. Miles was just natural and charming. He had a little slur to his voice at the time and it was very endearing." Three years later, Miles was told that he got the part. Bakshi was 10 when he began recording the voice. During the long process, his voice started to change and "by the end it got pretty tough", according to Bakshi, who was 14 when the film was released. He had to get his voice "very soft, but when I got that perfect tone it was great."
- The fifth DreamWorks Animation film to have a post-credit scene, after Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, The Croods and Trolls.
- The Boss Baby is the second DreamWorks Animation film to be rated PG for some mild rude humor by the MPAA, after Trolls.
- The Boss Baby is the second DreamWorks Animation film to be released on March 31st, after The Road to El Dorado.
- The Boss Baby is the fifth DreamWorks Animation film to be based on a Children's book after Shrek, How To Train Your Dragon, Rise of the Guardians, and Home.
- First DreamWorks Animation film directed by Tom Mcgrath not to feature any voices by Ben Stiler.
- The Boss Baby had received more in the box office than that had came out alongside it during the same week.
- The twelveth DreamWorks Animation film to be scored by Hans Zimmer, after The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Megamind, Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Kung Fu Panda 3.
- The seventh DreamWorks Animation film to be released in March, after The Road to El Dorado, Monsters vs. Aliens, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Home.
- When this movie aired on FX, some scenes were shortened.
- This also marks the only Boss Baby film to be distributed by 20th Century Studios.
- This is the second-to-last DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by 20th Century Studios.
- This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal Pictures.
In May 2017, it was announced a sequel was set to be released on March 26, 2021, with Baldwin reprising his role.Gallery
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