Ever since The Emoji Movie was announced, I was beyond curious about the project. What possible storyline could Hollywood concoct, revolving around smiley faces and poop? I suppose it’s not any more far-fetched than a raunchy animated film about sausages 😉
“When you’re trying to make an animated movie, the best thing is to find that familiar thing everyone’s familiar with but no one really thinks about in this way,” director Tony Leondis tells Entertainment Weekly. “From my niece to my grandmother, they send emojis. It connects us. In this technological world, we still find ways to connect as human beings, and I think that’s what emojis do.”
Sony Pictures Animation just debuted the first teaser and surprisingly, the meh emoji was chosen to hype up the film. Not what I would’ve expected, but I like the irony.
The Emoji Movie Synopsis
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 (T.J. Miller), 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 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). 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.
Along with sharing the first peek, the studio also announced it’s teaming up with popular apps like Candy Crush Saga, Dropbox, Instagram, Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube to promote the film. Given their involvement, I fully expect those apps to make cameos in the film.
The Emoji Movie hits theaters Aug. 4, 2017. Check out the teaser below, along with five new posters.
The Emoji Trailer