One of the great joys of any animated film – time really means nothing. Even if the characters are human, you can easily age up characters, make time jumps and not have to worry about it messing with the story line at all. And that’s exactly what DreamWorks Animation and Universal are doing with The Boss Baby: Family Business, a sequel to their 2017 film The Boss Baby.
While in reality, it’s only been a few years since the first film, and the animated series on Netflix has filled in some gaps. Family Business picks up with both Ted and Tim are now adults, and have grown apart. It hasn’t been just a few years, it’s been long enough that Tim is married and has children of his own, while Ted becomes the boss at a major corporation (fitting right?) But when Tim’s daughter is oldest daughter Tabitha is accepted into an elite school – Tim is worried something is up and wants to figure out what’s happening. His youngest daughter, Tina, not only reveals she works for Baby Corp, but is on a special mission to check out the school – and recruits her dad and uncle to go on the mission – as babies (and kids) again! It’s not just about saving babies from the cuteness of puppies this time – it could be the end of the world.
Family Business keeps up to the goofy antics just like in the first movie. It, of course, brings in some weird cartoon science that let’s the adults transform again into children – yet keeping very adult voices. With a total disregard to physics and technology they go on their mission and try to save their family, the world and everything all at once. But the story has even more to it.
While the movie is cute, it is definitely geared towards younger audiences. Kids are going to laugh throughout the whole film and as an adult, you can appreciate the different relationships shown. The animation is well done, a bit goofy with the over sized heads of the characters, but that is exactly what the first movie had and fans will expect that as well.
Is The Boss Baby: Family Business one that you need to see in theaters … well, not really. It’s cute, and it’s a continuation (sort of) of the original and the streaming series. But the ridiculous story may be one that you could just as easily enjoy at home and not spend the big ticket cost. It will be streaming at the same time, so if you have Peacock, pull it up there. Your kids will love it, even if you think it’s more ridiculous than it needed to be.
DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS Coming to theaters and Peacock on July 2
About The Boss Baby 2: Family Business:
In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers—Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business.
Tim and his wife, Carol (Eva Longoria), the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt, Avengers: Infinity War), and adorable new infant Tina (Amy Sedaris, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman). Tabitha, who’s at the top her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, idolizes her Uncle Ted and wants to become like him, but Tim, still in touch with his overactive youthful imagination, worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood.
When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top secret agent for Baby Corp. on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum), it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel also reprise their roles as Ted and Tim’s parents.
Building on the success of the first film, which earned more than $500 million worldwide, The Boss Baby: Family Business is directed by returning filmmaker Tom McGrath and is produced by Jeff Hermann (Kung Fu Panda 3).