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Everyone has a handful of films that perplex them to no end. Films that crawl under their skin and take root born out of annoyance or issues that can’t fully be explained. For this writer, one of those movies is 2017’s The Boss Baby. Yes, the one with a baby voiced by Alec Baldwin. Anyways, that’s just a precursor, as there’s a trailer out for the sequel (after the tie-in tv series), that’s landing in theaters next March. Without much new heading to those screens for a bit, you might want to take a look at this insanity. Behold, The Boss Baby: Family Business.
Should your brain possibly have blipped out when watching the above, here’s the official synopsis:
“In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers—Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business.
Tim and his wife, Carol (Eva Longoria), the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt, Avengers: Infinity War), and adorable new infant Tina (Amy Sedaris, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman). Tabitha, who’s at the top her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, idolizes her Uncle Ted and wants to become like him, but Tim, still in touch with his overactive youthful imagination, worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood.
When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum), it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.”
Now that you’ve read that novel or watched the trailer, let’s dive into what’s going on here. If you skipped the first Boss Baby movie, the trailer should look cute and colorful. When you make over half a billion dollars ah the box office, you’re doing something right. The thing was, for a kids feature, the story had a weird through line. Involving a rise in love for puppies drowning out love for babies and a former Boss Baby creating a “forever puppy”, to wipe out Baby Corp. From the looks of it, the filmmakers are pushing things in the same direction this go around. This time with 3000% more Jeff Goldblum.
What do you think of this trailer, dead readers? Did you enjoy or survive the first film? As these are kids movies, you have to grade them on a different scale. Yet, in a landscape that has Pixar constantly upping expected content, you’d imagine others would follow the example. Over 20 years later, that’s only partly the case. Expect The Boss Baby: Family Business to most likely waddle into theaters in March 26, 2021. Just watch out for Baby Ninjas, in the meantime.