The Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTony Leondis
Produced byMichelle Raimo Kouyate
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Tony Leondis
  • Eric Siegel
Based onEmojis
Music byPatrick Doyle
Edited byWilliam J. Caparella
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
Running time
86 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States
Budget$50 million[3]
Box office$217.8 million[4]

The Emoji Movie is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Tony Leondis, written by Leondis, Eric Siegel and Mike White, produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is based on emoji faces, smileys and graphics used in electronic messages.[5][6] The film stars the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Christina Aguilera, Sofía Vergara, Sean Hayes and Patrick Stewart. Its story is centered on Gene (Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who lives in a teenager's smartphone and sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents.[7][8]

The Emoji Movie premiered on July 23, 2017, at the Regency Village Theatre and was theatrically released in the United States on July 28, 2017. The film grossed $217 million worldwide, but was universally panned by critics[9] and audiences alike who criticized the script, humor, blatant product placement, voice performances, lack of originality, and plot. It was also noted for receiving a negative audience reception before it even premiered.[10] Many also called it "unfunny and a waste of time," and compared it unfavorably to The Lego Movie, the Academy Award-winning Inside Out, and Wreck-It Ralph. It was named by several media outlets as one of the worst films of 2017 and one of the worst animated films of all time.[11] At the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, it won in four categories: Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screen Combo and Worst Screenplay, making it the first animated film to receive nominations and wins in any of those categories.[12][13][14]

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  3. ^ Pressburg, Matt (July 17, 2017). "Why Sony, LStar Movie Finance Deal Fell Apart: Flops, 'Ghostbusters' and Feet on Desk (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Archived from the original on July 18, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Emoji Movie (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Matt (December 20, 2016). "'The Emoji Movie' Trailer Literally Gets Promoted by 'Meh'". Collider. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Emoji Movie, The (2017)
  7. ^ Amidi, Amid (October 10, 2016). "'Emojimovie: Express Yourself' Promises To Make You A Better Person". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on November 24, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Lee, Ashley (October 10, 2016). "James Corden, Ilana Glazer Join Animated 'EmojiMovie'". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Roger Ebert
  10. ^ "5 Reasons Why "The Emoji Movie" is 2017's Worst Film (So Far)". Taste of Cinema.
  11. ^ Franklin, Garth. ""Dark Tower" & "Emoji Movie" Swap Dates - Dark Horizons". Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Pulver, Andrew (January 22, 2018). "Razzies 2018 – Transformers: The Last Knight leads worst films nominations". the Guardian.
  13. ^ "RAZZIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED". Rotten Tomatoes. January 21, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "38TH Razzie Award Winners! - YouTube".

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