By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Audiences who went to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman on the big screen were treated to an animated short, Almost Home, which will lead into DreamWorks Animation’s next animated adventure, simply titled Home. It is scheduled to be released on November 26 in North America and December 5 in the United Kingdom.
The story is based on Adam Rex’s book, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” which will be getting a sequel, “Smek for President,” set to be released October 14th. In both the book and film, the focus may be on Tip, a eleven-year-old girl, who must learn how to survive on her own when her mother gets abducted.
The film may be different since the short introduces Captain Smek (Steve Martin), the bearded leader of the Boov race, as the main protagonist. This gentle loving species is looking for someplace safe from all their enemies, but when the entire universe seems to be against them, is anyplace safe? After many landings in hostile worlds with not-so-friendly native populations nipping at them, this guardian of the peace (if he can be called that) finally finds a planet which looks safe. But for everyone on the planet Earth and a teenage girl named Tip (Rihanna) who will meet Smek, just what will happen between the two sounds like an action-adventure comedy in the making.