The Boss Baby
DreamWorks Animation’s latest film sees a suit-wearing baby team up with his seven-year old brother to stop a dastardly plot formulated by the owner of Puppy Co.
The Boss Baby is a fun and well-paced animated comedy which has plenty of wit and heart.
Directed by Tom McGrath and written by Michael McCullers, DreamWorks Animation’s latest film is loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee.
The movie kicks off with the older Timothy Templeton, as voiced by Tobey Maguire, telling a story through his imaginative point of view as his seven-year-old self (Miles Christopher Bakshi), who lives his days having fun with his parents, Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow).
However, Tim’s perspective changes when one day, Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at his home in a taxi, wearing a tiny black suit and carrying a briefcase.
The baby’s behaviour causes Tim to become envious of the attention the infant is receiving, and a typical sibling rivalry ensues as he struggles to come to terms with his new little brother.
But Tim soon learns that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission for an infant-helmed organisation called Baby Corp, which is seeking to find out why puppies are getting more love than tiny tots.
In spite of Tim’s attempts to convince his parents of Boss Baby’s special abilities, he is constantly thwarted, and eventually finds out that his brother stays intelligent by drinking a "Secret Baby Formula" which enables a baby to act like an adult.
However, if a baby does not drink it after a period of time, he or she reverts to a regular baby – causing a dilemma for Tim – who in spite of growing used to Boss Baby, wishes the little one would return to Baby Corp.
The ensuing narrative sees Tim and Boss Baby try and stop Baby Corp’s competitor Puppy Co. releasing the world’s first “forever puppy”, with the duo having to evade their parents, travel to Los Vegas and escape from the clutches of Puppy Co. founder Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi).
While the plot veers on the complicated side for a children’s movie, the sequences are all focused on the antics of Boss Baby, who is essentially a tiny version of Baldwin’s 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy - tantrums and all.
Boss Baby’s slapstick confrontations and potty humour, including the baring of baby bottoms and a fake vomit sequence, elicit the most laughs from the younger audience - and there are plenty of pop culture references to keep the adults entertained.
But the narrative also raises a number of interesting topics for conversation between families, such as sibling rivalry and the challenges of being the eldest child.
The Boss Baby is well edited and moves quickly, ensuring little ones don’t get bored too quickly.
While it isn't set to be an instant classic, the images are nicely rendered, with main voice actors well cast.
But be warned, it may be one to avoid if you’re not ready to have a conversation about where babies come from!
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