20th Century Studios’ “Ron’s Gone Wrong” proves that even the perfectly manufactured robotic buddy can have a few glitches. But it is in those glitches that gives the robotic buddy a unique personality that separates itself from the rest of the copies. That is pretty much the groundwork that is laid out in the first trailer for “Ron’s Gone Wrong.” Featuring the voice of Zach Galifianakis as a malfunctioning robot – who falls apart at times – doing his best to be a good friend to his human owner, Barney (Jack Dylan Grazer), a middle schooler who is trying to fit in and now has the responsibility to taking care of a robot that isn’t like the rest of the school cliques.
If you are experiencing a form of déjà vu, you aren’t alone. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” may be unfortunate as it is being released after “The Mitchell’s Vs. The Machines,” another animated film that portrays human’s dependency on technology and the liberating feeling of taking your head out of a screen. And there is of course the war between man and machine. So if don’t be surprised if “Ron’s Gone Wrong” goes down that route. The film even has Olivia Coleman, who also had a voice role in “The Mitchells vs the Machines.
Similarities aside, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is putting a twist on the man’s best friend mantra by putting a friendly robot that can help you take create, play, party, and take selifes. But Barney doesn’t get that with Ron, who immediately glitches and falls to pieces when activated. While its hysterical to see the frustration on Barney’s face as he tries to get his pet robot to function normally, the trailer reveals the growing bond between the two through small clips of all sorts of hijinks.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Ron’s Gone Wrong:”
20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend Out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. “Ron’s Gone Wrong” features the voices of Zach Galifianakis (“A Wrinkle in Time”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Shazam!”), Olivia Colman (“The Crown”), Ed Helms (“The Office”), Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2“), Kylie Cantrall (“Gabby Duran and the Unsittables”), Ricardo Hurtado (“The Goldbergs”), Marcus Scribner (“Black-ish”), Thomas Barbusca (“Chad”).
The film is directed by Pixar veteran Jean-Philippe Vine (story artist on “Cars 3” and “The Good Dinosaur”) and Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith (“Arthur Christmas”) with Octavio Rodriguez (story artist on “Coco” and “The Incredibles 2”) co-directing. The script is written by Peter Baynham (“Arthur Christmas,” “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” “Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm”) & Smith. Julie Lockhart (“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”), also a co-founder of Locksmith, and Lara Breay produce, with Locksmith chairman Elisabeth Murdoch, Smith and Baynham serving as executive producers.
20th Century Studios’ “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” the first theatrical release from the U.K.-based CG animation studio Locksmith Animation, will open in theaters worldwide October 22, 2021.