(June 13, 2021) Original
(September 19, 2021) New Trailer (#2) — New Posters (#2-#3)
(October 17, 2021) New Posters (#4-#7)
October 22, 2021
From IMDb: “The story of Barney, an awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron’s malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age launch them on a journey to learn about true friendship.”
Poster Rating: C / C+ / C+ / C+ / C+ / C+ / C+
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Review: (#1) Lacking background detail may make the foreground pop, but it makes for a quick viewing and instant forgetfulness.
(#2) Cute in a generic kind of way. It gets across the concept of the film, but then doesn’t do much with afterwards. (#3) While it almost breaks out of the tedium, the ripped through foreground is dull and worthless while the background is distorted to an unrealistic point.
(#4) Including all of the characters here is a wise choice. The background isn’t terribly exciting and the minimal racial make up is concerning. (#5) Thanks to the prior design, the “characters” that are presented here are fitting, but unexceptionally designed. (#6) Standing out in a sea of similarity is an interesting thematic expression, but not a particularly well executed one. (#7) This appears to be an attempt, alongside #5 in giving each movie theater its own design. Seems like a tacky effort.
Trailer Rating: B+ / B
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Review: (#1) A cute little animated trailer that quickly and effectively establishes the plot of the film, giving the audience an understanding of why they should be invested while also piquing the interest of the young and the young at heart.
(#2) That first trailer was amusing to a fault and this one does the same with a lot of snarky, high level humor. That said, the film still remains a potentially engaging effort.
A Best Animated Feature contender to be sure.