This week from Sony Pictures Animation comes The Emoji Movie. The studio has certainly served strange animation flicks before such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs in 2009 and its sequel in 2013. It has also blended animation with live-action in The Smurfs, an expected movie hit for 2011. Now The Emoji Movie may the studio's most bizarre animated film yet by presenting emojis as characters on an adventure through the digital world of a smartphone.
The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak. Together, they embark on an epic "app-venture" through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.
The Emoji movie features the voice talents of T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Transformers 4) as lead protagonist Gene, a Meh emoji, Anna Faris (recently separated from Chris Pratt) as Jailbreak, James Corden (The Late Late Show with James Corden) as Hi-5, and Maya Rudolph as Smiler.
|Left to right: Gene (T.J. Miller), Hi-5 (James Corden), Jailbreak (Anna Faris)|
|T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Transformers 4) voices Gene, a Meh emoji with emotional issues.|
|Left to right: Poop (Sir Patrick Stewart), Smiler (Maya Rudolph)|
|OMG, Sir Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek) is Poop Daddy!|
In the context of being Poop Daddy on The Emoji Movie, our research on Sir Patrick came across this video from his sitcom series Blunt Talk which is particular hilarious in the context of this movie (watch & LOL!):
|T.J. Miller with live emojis at a photocall during Cannes Film Festival. Photo - Reuters.|
|Meet Gene and Poop here in Malaysia!|
Locally we won't be seeing so many live emojis here but we have with good authority that Gene and Poop Daddy himself will be appearing for Meet & Greet sessions with fans at the following locales:
- Wednesday 16 August, 8.30pm @ GSC 1 Utama
- Friday, 18 August, 11.30am @ Sogo KL and 8.30pm @ GSC 1 Utama
- Saturday, 19 August, 3pm @ GSC IOI City Mall and 8.30pm @ GSC Midvalley Megamall
- Sunday, 20 August, 12.30pm @ GSC Midvalley Megamall and 3.30pm @ TGV KLCC
- Saturday, 26 August, 12pm & 3pm @ GSC Sunway Carnival, Seberang Jaya
- Sunday, 27 August, 1pm @ TGV 1 Utama and 4pm & 6pm @ TGV Sunway Velocity
- 3 - 9 August 2017: Gene 1 & Gene 2
- 10 - 16 August 2017: Dice & Jailbreak
- 17 - 23 August 2017: Hi-5 & Cat with Heart Eyes
- 24 - 30 September 2017: Monkey & Stop Sign
- 31 August - 6 September 2017: Frog & Slobbering Puppy
Now for quirky fashion aficionados, Giamax has release limited edition handbags and other leather goods featuring The Emoji Movie. These official licensed movie merchandise was promoted at a Handbag Party last Saturday 12 August at Parkson Elite in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Check out photos of the handbags, purses and backpacks below and see what took placed at the Handbag Bag from Giamax's photo album on Facebook.
|Limited Edition The Emoji Movie Giamax handbags and leather products.|
Over at GSC Cinemas Emoji Movie car stickers are being given out for every 2 movie tickets purchased. There are 2 designs issued randomly in selected cineplexes only. Check at GSC website to find out which locations to redeem this promo.
Finally TGV Cinemas is offering a Limited Edition Emoji Movie member card for their Movie Club. Cards may be collected upon sign-up over the counter (membership RM30) or existing members may swap their existing cards for a fee of RM5. Find out more directly from the TGV website.
|Gene with Jailbreak and Hi-5 in tow begin their App-ventures on 17 August.|