Tim’s new brother is more than he seems in this animated comedy about a baby whose boss-like nature is exposed. The unlikely pair must work together to save their parents and stop an evil plot by the CEO of Puppy Co.
There are plenty of fish-out-of-water animated films to date, and they are all quite unique. We’ve seen toys that come to life, pets that can talk, and alternate realities where automobiles are like humans living in small towns. As far-fetched as these ideas are, they have a very realistic and humanistic feel to them. These beings experience the same emotions and desires as most folks in real life. This allows children and adults alike to bond with the characters, and cheer them on as they accomplish their goals. Like most films, these stories consist of a protagonist and antagonist. There’s always a popular character the others rally behind too. Then some new character comes into play and the friction begins. The two characters battle it out for a while until they realize they must work together in order to defeat the real enemy of the story. Once the bond is made and they defeat the antagonist, the two become great friends and everything is happy and perfect in the end.
The majority of these films are conveniently self-contained; meaning they’d be fine if they only made one. Nevertheless, if they are a hit in the box office, they tend to get multiple sequels. Examples of this include: Toy Story, Shrek, Cars, Monsters Inc., Despicable Me, and many more. These films don’t come from one company either. There’s Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, Illumination and several others. The animated films are gravy trains for the companies who produce them, so it’s obvious why they keep coming out with new ones. Once the bond is established with these characters, the production companies will continue to crank out films as long as the audiences will pay to see them. Like most films, the sequels tend to not live up to the hype of the originals, but the kids don’t seem to mind. They love seeing their favorite characters on the big screen. Most of them can watch the same film 10-20 times without getting bored of the story. Thanks to my daughter, I can comprehend the Minions’ language after about the 30th viewing of that film.
Coming up with new and refreshing ideas for animated films can be a difficult task. This is probably why there’s a steady rotation of the animated features coming from the various studios. Pixar has a solid track record when it comes to these types of films, but Dreamworks has done a great job creating some very diverse, complex, and entertaining animated films as well. Their newest creation, Boss baby, is one of those films.
Boss Baby is about a boy named Tim (Miles Bakshi/Tobey Maguire), who’s perfect life is turned upside down when his new brother comes home. Before the baby showed up, Tim had both parents to himself. They played with him and read stories each night before bed. They worked for the greatest company in the world [PuppyCo], and always made time for him. But when Tim’s brother, Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) comes into the picture, everything changed. Dad (Jimmy Kimmel) and Mom (Lisa Kudrow) aren’t able to give Tim all the attention he was accustomed to. Now only one parent may be able to break free and play with him, and several nights he doesn’t even get a bed time story. He didn’t know what was going on, but he knew it had to be because of the new baby! This makes Tim question who this baby is, where he came from, and what his plans are. Little does he know, this baby is part of a secret group of boss babies; groomed to be in management, espionage and more!
The first clue that tips Tim off about Boss Baby is his custom-tailored suit and leather briefcase. Such items seem out of place for a newborn. Next, Tim starts to catch Boss Baby deliberately manipulating their parents. Whenever he wants something, the Boss Baby cries and points. This sends the parents into a tizzy, doing all they can to meet his demands. All the while, Boss Baby is smirking at Tim. This drives Tim up the wall, and forces him to try and expose the baby. Needless to say, Boss Baby is always one step ahead. It seems like the two will never get along, until they realize the CEO of PuppyCo, Francis E. Francis (Steve Buscemi), has a devilish plan to create puppies that never grow up. The two determine that if a puppy never grows up, parents around the world won’t need babies/children anymore! This means no more babies, and that’s bad for Boss Baby’s business. Tim has a lot to lose as well, so they must work together if they want to save themselves and all future babies/children.
Think Tim and the Boss Baby can reconcile their differences and stop Francis E. Francis from completing his master plan to create Puppies Forever? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
Enough about that…let’s check out what all is included with this 4K UltraHD Blu-ray combo.
The menu consists of several looping clips from the film. The options are listed along the bottom, and include: Play, Set Up, Search and Extras. The ‘Set Up’ option lets viewers choose the audio and subtitle tracks for the film. The Audio tracks include: English Dolby Atmos (4K only), English 7.1 dts-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Dansk 5.1 DTS, Suomi 5.1 DTS, Norsk 5.1 DTS, Portugues 5.1 Dolby Digital, and Svenska 5.1 DTS. That’s a lot of great surround sound audio tracks! The Subtitles include the same languages as the ones mentioned in the audio tracks. The ‘Search’ option lets viewers choose a chapter and/or access bookmarks. The scene selection displays one chapter at a time, and includes a snapshot from the scene.
Now let’s check out the extras included with this release!
– Babycorp and You (3:03 HD): This is a ‘New Employee Orientation’ video for folk’s joining the Babycorp team. It’s fast-paced, so new applicants have to be sharp to keep up. It’s worth noting that thumbing sucking is not recommended. There are designated thumb-sucking lounges for that! This is a very entertaining feature adults and kids alike will get a kick out of.
– The Forever Puppy Infomercial (2:09 HD): This is a commercial that pitches the Forever Puppy initiative. It’s just as funny as the previous clip, and gives a better insight to what Francis E. Francis’ agenda for the future is. In short, puppies for life, so no more need for babies!
– Babies vs. Puppies: Who Do You Love? (3:26 HD): This animated news flash poses the biggest question ever…what’s better: Babies or Puppies? This debate consists of cost of living and poop analysis between the two. It’s a hot topic for sure, and this news station isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions. Who do you love more???
– The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time (3:35 HD): This is a really cool animated clip consisting of Boss Baby and Tim as they battle pirates in search of their hidden treasure. If you enjoyed their journey in the film, you’ll really like this feature.
– The Boss Baby’s Undercover Team (2:17 HD): No Boss Baby works alone in the field. He or she must work with a special undercover team to accomplish their objectives. This feature displays which babies are part of Boss Baby’s chosen team.
– Cookies are for Closers: Inside BabyCorp (3:37 HD): This little gem is an Easter Egg of sorts. If you know Alec Baldwin, you have to know about his role in a classic Sales film titled, “Glenn Gary Glenn Ross.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It may be Alec’s best role ever! Nevertheless, the title of this feature consists of a slogan he coined in Glenn Gary and has followed him throughout his career. Even in a film like this, the creators found a way to sneak it in. Instead of ‘Coffee’ they changed it to ‘Cookies.’ Genius…pure genius. This feature isn’t about coffee or cookies though. It’s about BabyCorp. Make sure to check out this feature as the cast and crew take a few moments to explain what Babycorp is.
– The Great Sibling Competition (3:27 HD): The Boss Baby is the ultimate sibling rivalry story. In this feature, several of the cast and crew take a moment to discuss their personal experience with siblings, and how they can be your greatest friend and biggest enemy at the same time. It’s a touching feature that everyone should watch.
– Happy Accidents: The Deleted Scenes of The Boss Baby (11:30 HD): This feature begins with Director Tom McGrath discussing why some scenes just don’t work. It could be for time reasons or the fact they just don’t help propel the story. Check out this feature if you’d like to see the clips that didn’t make the final cut. These deleted scenes are in story-board format, so they aren’t as colorful and crisp as you’d see in the film, but viewers will get the gist of them for sure.
– Gallery (3:03 HD): As the title implies, this feature consists of an image gallery of the various characters and locations from the film. Viewers have the option to manually control the pacing of the image transitions, or set it to auto.
– Theatrical Trailer (2:01 HD): This trailer gives viewers the rundown on what they can expect from this film. The focus is sibling rivalry, which should appeal to just about anyone who grew up with a sibling.
– The World of DreamWorks Animation: This interactive feature lets viewers check out the other films produced by DreamWorks over the years. Clicking on the images lets you choose to see a music video from the film and sometimes more. It’s a nice feature if you’d like to check out some of their other works.
Now let’s take a look at the technical side of this 4K Blu-ray.
The 2160p 4K UltraHD image with High Dynamic Range (HDR) comes with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, so there are black bars along the top and bottom of your 4K Ultra HD screen. No need to worry though, as the quality of this animated feature will likely make you forget all about those pesky blacks bars. The 4K image is excellent, but so is the standard 2K Blu-ray version. Viewers may be hard-pressed to determine major differences between the too, but the overall quality is top notch. The inclusion of HDR may bump up some of the colors and increase the fidelity of the close-ups, but both versions are fairly equal. This in no way discredits the 4K version though. They are just so good in both transfers. It may cause some folks not to desire going for the 4K release, but it does include the 2K, so you might as well if you’re looking to grow your 4K UltraHD Blu-ray collection. Maybe just wait for the price to come down a bit…
The Dolby Atmos audio track does a great job pulling the viewer into the action. There’s a lot of effects to be heard in this film, so all the channels are utilized throughout. Buzzing sounds, passing babies, conveyor belts and more will make their way from one corner of your room to the other, and it always sounds great. The dialog is always crystal clear and the soundtrack is never overbearing. If you’re lucky enough to have a Dolby Atmos set up, you’ll benefit from this Atmos track. This is a solid-sounding transfer.
Overall, The Boss Baby is a great film displaying sibling rivalry in a creative and entertaining fashion. Alec Baldwin does a great job as the Boss Baby, and I can easily see him contributing his iconic voice for future implementations of the role. If you are looking for a new animated feature that can appeal to both kids and adults, look no further. The Boss Baby consists of entertaining scenes that kids and adults will appreciate. It’s a great film that blends the two worlds in a very comedic way. Check it out on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray today!