THE BOSS BABY (2017) – My rating: 7/10

The Boss Baby is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy somewhat based on the 2010 picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee and produced by DreamWorks Animation. It’s directed by Tom McGrath and written by Michael McCullers. The plot features a baby who is a secret agent in the war for adult’s love between babies and puppies.  I think this is a cute and worthy topic.

A man named Tim Templeton (Tobey Maguire) tells a story about his 7-year-old self who lives with his parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow). Ted and Janice work at Puppy Co., a puppy factory headed by Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi). One day, Tim (Miles Bakshi) is surprised when an infant wearing a business suit shows up in a taxi at his house, and his parents, Ted and Janice, call him Tim’s little brother. Tim is envious of the attention the baby receives, not to mention suspicious when the infant acts odd around him.

Soon, Tim learns that the baby can talk like an adult, and he introduces himself as “The Boss”. Seeing an opportunity to be rid of him, Tim decides to record a conversation between The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) and other toddlers who are at Tim’s house for a meeting (under the guise of a play date by the parents) to do something about how puppies are receiving more love and attention than babies.

The remainder of The Boss Baby gets pretty complicated but interesting.  I love the way the story comes full circle.  It’s amazing someone (Marla Frazee) thought up the one love that parallels the love of a baby, puppies.  They’re cute, cuddly, need constant attention and lots of training.  The Boss Baby is an adventure, which makes it exciting. However, I don’t really get the message it’s trying to send.  Babies can’t be friends with other babies and it would be very hard to drill that into a child under a year old, they’re just too young.  If nothing else, you’ll be entertained and children will love it.  A sequel is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2021, while a Netflix TV series, The Boss Baby: Back in Business premiered April 6, 2018.  The Boss Baby is currently streaming and available on DVD and Blu-ray, check it out!

NOTE:  All actors listed, are the voices of the animated characters.

[The Boss Baby is Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature.]

 

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