Directed by: Kelly Asbury
Starring: Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Wang Leehom, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Emma Roberts, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, Lizzo
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Release date: 3 May, 2019
Running Time: 91 minutes
Budget: $45 million
UglyDolls is a upcoming 2019 American computer-animated musical comedy film directed by Kelly Asbury, produced by Jane Hartwell and Robert Rodriguez, with the screenplay being written by Alison Peck, from a story by Rodriguez. It is based on the plush toys of the same name. The film stars the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Wanda Sykes, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom, Emma Roberts, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX, and Lizzo. It was theatrically released in the United States on May 3, 2019, by STX Entertainment.
UglyDolls Movie Plot:
In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
In May 2011, it was announced that Illumination had acquired the rights to UglyDolls to make an animated feature film. Chris Meledandri was set to produce, with a screenplay from Larry Stuckey. The original creators, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, were set to executive produce. Four years later, in 2015, Variety magazine reported that an animated film based on UglyDolls would be the first project produced by STX Entertainment’s new “family and animation” division. On March 28, 2017, Robert Rodriguez signed on to direct, write, and produce the film, with a release date set for May 10, 2019. Animation is being provided by Reel FX Creative Studios.
In March 2018, it was announced that the voice of rapper Pitbull would be featured in the film for an unknown role, and he would also provide an original song for the film. In May 2018, it was announced that Kelly Asbury had signed on to direct the feature film. In July 2018, another singer Kelly Clarkson joined the voice cast of the film as the voice of Moxy, and will provide an original song for the film In August 2018, Nick Jonas joined the voice cast of the film, and he would also perform an original song for the film. In September 2018, comedians Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias joined the film. On September 20, 2018, it was announced that country music singer Blake Shelton had joined the film, and will voice Ox, as well as performing original music. In October 2018, it was announced that Janelle Monáe and Emma Roberts had been cast in the film.
In the United States and Canada, UglyDolls was released alongside The Intruder and Long Shot, and is projected to gross $12–14 million from 3,600 theaters in its opening weekend.
The film has received generally negative reviews from critics. The movie holds an approval rating of 31% based on 26 reviews, and an average rating of 4.29/10 on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The consensus states, “Very young viewers may be entertained by UglyDolls, only because they are less likely to notice the familiar plot and the affirmative yet generic message.” Metacritic reports a weighted average score of 39 out of 100, based on 16 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews”.
Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine described the film as “an impish dance-pop fairy tale that feels like Trolls Lite uses the Ugly Dolls to salute the power of being your beautiful ugly – individual – self.” Conversely, Jesse Hassenger of The AV Club gave the film a grade C – and writes: “Like their Troll ancestors, the UglyDolls combine an evergreen cuteness with a why-now lack of currency.”
UglyDolls Movie Trailer:
This straightforward yet affecting story revolves around a community of rejected dolls living in isolation in the unflatteringly named Uglyville. Clearly there’s very little chance of them ever becoming a child’s plaything.
Along comes Moxy (dubbed by Kelly Clarkson), the leader of the ugly dolls. She’s determined to venture beyond the confines of their village, and accompanies a ragtag bunch of misshapen colleagues to the neighboring Institute of Perfection to see if they can’t change the plot here.
Primarily financed by a couple of Chinese promoters, the film is intriguingly co-produced by Robert Rodriquez of the Spy Kids series. The gifted musical voice cast includes Clarkson, Nick Jonas (a vain boy-doll villain named Lou) and Janelle Monae (the sole sympathiser among the lovely girl dolls); expect several moving and hummable tunes, including a standout track titled ‘Unbreakable’.
Overall, this is a light-hearted animated musical fantasy that sends home the valuable message that everyone should embrace their imperfections, love themselves and allow for flaws in others. The throwback style reminiscent of hand-drawn animation will likely appeal to pre-teens and adults alike.
UglyDolls Movie Songs:
Unbreakable Song Scene – UglyDolls (2019)