DreamWorks Animation’s THE BOSS BABY tackles the very important question of what happens when the perfect family unit gets broken. In this case, the break is caused by the arrival of a new . . . baby? But is it a baby? Continue reading for THE BOSS BABY review.
Our hero is Tim Templeton, an (overly?) imaginative 7-year-old. In fact, we first meet him in the midst of a fantasy. Tim (he’s our narrator, too) describes his perfect family (Mom, Dad, Tim) and shares his bedtime ritual with us. And, then, it happens. The idea of a baby is introduced. What follows is the introduction of the Boss Baby into Tim’s life. The new baby is pretty standard, as far as appearances go, but his fashion sense is pretty mature. And he has strange habits. And he completely disrupts Tim’s perfect life. Tim knows there’s something fishy going on, so he sets out to solve the mystery of THE BOSS BABY.
As Tim studies his new baby brother, trying to figure him out, he learns that there’s more than just his family at stake. The boys must work together to save the parents and Baby Corp, as well. Oh, I should mention that there’s an educational component to THE BOSS BABY, as well. We learn where babies come from – Baby Corp. Your kids might be confused by this – it’s definitely not what they might have learned in school. It’s way more fun, though.
While THE BOSS BABY seems to be about sibling rivalry, and there is a bit of that, it’s more about accepting the fluidity of the family dynamic and learning to make room for siblings in the family unit. Every new family member changes the relationships among every existing family member. Tim’s emotional transition and growth are hilariously expressed as he narrates his own “Life of Pi” story. There’s also a side story of whether babies are cuter than puppies. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
Keep your eye out for the DreamWorks logo in the beginning of the movie (such a sweet incorporation of the logo into the movie) and there’s a post-credits scene, so sit tight and enjoy the credits while you wait. There are a couple of excellent chase scenes, as well. One of my favorite scenes involves a series of motivational speeches. Tim’s alarm clock, Wizzie, is another favorite.
THE BOSS BABY is very family friendly. The animation is lively and engaging and the story includes plenty of action and enough goofiness to keep the little ones’ attention. Thank you to 20th Century Fox for inviting Adventures by Daddy to the red carpet premiere in New York City! For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.