You know what. We may actually deserve this. We are the ones spending millions on special emojis for the Kardashians or Black Chyna. Why the hell wouldn’t the studios think we were dumb enough to see this? That little rant aside, here’s the positive thing that I’ll say. Maybe this will be awesome. Maybe the Emoji movie will be some smart, self-aware, Lego movie or Wreck-It Ralph level stuff. I’m hoping that’s the case. So far, the stated cast includes TJ Miller, James Corden, and Ilana Glazer. The trailer even aptly features the voice of comic icon Steven Wright as the “Meh” icon. On the surface, it sounds promising, but then you realize that we are talking about a movie based on the poop picture from your phone. I wonder who will be voicing the eggplant?
The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Ilana Glazer). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever. Directed by Tony Leondis. Written by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White. Produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate.