The Emoji Movie: What You Need To Know
Movies based on games are nothing new, but when the Angry Birds movie arrived in 2016 many wondered if the idea of putting concepts designed for mobile phone games had been stretched too far.
However, Angry Birds proved to be a hit and now Sony have gone one step further: a movie based on the symbols we use every day to express emotions in the form of tiny characters.
Released earlier this year, The Emoji Movie sees those characters become the subject of a movie all of their own. The animated adventure arrives in stores on Monday (November 27), here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller leads a voice cast that includes James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Coolidge, comedian Steven Wright and Sir Patrick Stewart, the latter taking on the unenviable role of the poo emoji.
And who's directing?
Igor director Tony Leondis is the man calling the shots here.
What's the plot?
The story takes place largely in Textopolis, a digital world that exists entirely inside your phone – or, in this case, inside the phone of a teenage boy named Alex. In the nightmarish world of Textopolis, all Emojis are put to work displaying a single emotion - all, that, is, except the appropriately-named Gene Meh. Gene's sole job is to look disinterested, emoji born with no filter that leaves him with the ability to express a rage of emotions – a perfectly normal thing for humans, but a definite no-no for Emojis.
Alex receives a text from a girl at school he likes and is wondering how he should react. His friends advise him to play it cool, so he decides to respond with the 'meh' emoji – however, when Gene gets the call and is sent to do what he's meant to do, he gets flustered and ends up delivering an entirely different facial expression.
Thinking his phone is broken, Alex decides that the only solution is to get his phone wiped and reset – a course of action that could see everyone and everything in Gene's world deleted. With some help from another Emoji named Hi-5 and a hacker-created Emoji named Jailbreak, Gene sets out to fix his mistake before it's too late.
Check out the trailer below...