Netflix was present at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for the first time in 2019. The company announced it would be releasing two animations – their first ever – including The Willoughbys. Their first animation Klaus was Oscar nominated, so what can fans expect from the upcoming release The Willoughbys?
When is The Willoughbys out on Netflix?
At the moment the official release date has not been announced.
However, it has been said the film will be released in spring 2020, and a date is likely to be announced soon.
The film is being released by Netflix, meaning it will be able to stream it online when it comes out.
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What is the plot of The Willougbys?
From the Annecy Festival, Kris Pearn told the panel: “This film is an old fashioned story riddled with tropes, but it’s for a contemporary audience.
“It’s a love letter to kid logic, unconventional families and awkward childhoods.
“It’s a story for anybody who struggles to fit in. It’s a story for families about families that struggle to be perfect families and often fail.”
The film is based on the children’s book of the same name by Lois Lowry.
The official book summary for The Willoughbys reads: “Abandoned by their ill-humored [sic] parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfil their roles as good old-fashioned children.”
In the footage shown at Annecy, the Willougby children are creating a travel brochure to tempt their parents to holiday in the most dangerous places in the world such as the unscalable Alps in Switzerland.
Pearn described the movie as “Willy Wonka meets Daddy Warbucks meets Citizen Kane.”
The movie features a colourful nanny who arrives to watch the children.
Who is in the cast of The Willougbys?
Will Forte voices Tim Willoughby, an old fashioned kid with a bitter exterior, a heart of gold and really short pants.
Jane, the little sister and Tim’s main ally is voiced by Canadian singer Alessia Cara, while Father Willoughby is voiced by Martin Short and Mother Willoughby is Jane Krakowski of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame.
The twin brothers, both named Barnaby, are voiced by Sean Cullen.
At Annecy, Pearn added: “But the most important character is the cat, the narrator, voiced by our executive producer, Ricky Gervais, this whole story is told from its perspective.”
“The movie challenges them to re examine what it means to be a family.”
Along with Gervais’ cat is Maya Rudolph as Nanny and Terry Crews as Commander Melanoff.
Is there a trailer for The Willoughbys?
Netflix are yet to release a trailer for The Willoughbys, so fans should keep their eyes on express.co.uk for new on any upcoming sneak peak.
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