Home (2014 animated film)

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Directed by Tim Johnson
Produced by Chris Jenkins
Suzanne Buirgy
Screenplay by Tom J. Astle
Matt Ember
Based on The True Meaning of Smekday 
by Adam Rex
Starring Jim Parsons
Jennifer Lopez
Steve Martin
Studio DreamWorks Animation
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • November 26, 2014 (2014-11-26)
Country United States
Language English

Home is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy film[1] by DreamWorks Animation. It is based on the 2007 Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday and stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin. Tim Johnson is the director, and Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy are the producers of the film, adapted by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film is scheduled to be released on November 26, 2014.[2]


An overly optimistic, yet inept,[1] alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek,[3] invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home.[4] Convinced they are doing a favour, they begin to relocate the human race,[5] but one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture.[5] When on the run, she is accompanied by a banished Boov, named Oh, who has accidentally notified the enemies of his whereabouts.[4]

Voice cast[edit]

United States president Barack Obama visited DreamWorks Animation in November 2013, where he met with Steve Martin and Jim Parsons who were recording lines for the film.[6]


In 2008, DreamWorks Animation optioned the book's rights to adapt it into an animated feature film. On his blog, Adam Rex announced that DreamWorks renewed the option of the adaptation in 2011.[7][8] On June 20, 2012, it was revealed that the title of the film would be Happy Smekday!, Jim Parsons and Rihanna would star in the lead roles, and the film would be released in fourth-quarter 2014.[4] In September 2012, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation announced the release for November 26, 2014.[2] In June 2013, the film was retitled from Happy Smekday! to Home.[9] On October 3, 2013, it was announced that Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin had joined the cast of the film.[5]


A 4-minute short film called Almost Home was attached to theatrical showings of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman in early 2014[10] and 20th Century Fox's Rio 2 that same year.[11] It was directed by Todd Wilderman,[10] and features a music composed by Lorne Balfe.[12] The short shows The Boov and their leader Captain Smek in a sequence of unsuccessful attempts at finding a hospitable planet, before they finally come across the Earth.[13]


In addition to her voice role, Rihanna will record a concept album featuring original songs from the film.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation SKG Management Discusses Q3 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". Seeking Alpha. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. "Home is an outrageously funny buddy movie about a hilarious, yet inept, alien race and their equally inept invasion of Earth." 
  2. ^ a b DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Dickey, Josh (October 3, 2013). "Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin Board DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Home’ (Exclusive)". The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Jim Parsons and Rihanna to Voice DreamWorks Animation's Happy Smekday!". DreamWorks Animation. ComingSoon.net. June 20, 2012. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Intergalactic Memo - Subject: Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez". PR Newswire. October 4, 2013. Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Ted (November 26, 2013). "Obama Tours DreamWorks Animation, Visits With Steve Martin and Jim Parsons". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Herreras, Mari (September 23, 2010). "T Q&A Adam Rex". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Rex, Adam (November 16, 2011). "@delzey Yes, Dreamworks optioned SMEKDAY 3 yrs. ago, and renewed the option this year. If they make it I expect it'll be CGI. #kidlitchat". MrAdamRex. Twitter. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Movie Title Changes". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Amidi, Amid (March 10, 2014). "DreamWorks Promotes Upcoming ‘Home’ with New Short ‘Almost Home’". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Madison, Samantha (April 11, 2014). "MOVIE BLOG: Review – 'Rio 2'". The Sentinel Cumberlink. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Almost Home’ Features Music by Lorne Balfe". Film Music Reporter. March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (March 10, 2014). "Meet The Alien Stars Of DreamWorks Animation’s New Movie “Home”". BuzzFeed. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Graser, Marc (February 25, 2014). "Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie". Variety. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ "DreamWorks Animation SKG Management Discusses Q3 2013 Results - Earnings Call Transcript". Seeking Alpha. October 29, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2014. "Together with her world-class songwriting creative team, Rihanna has been collaborating with us for over the last 2 years to create an innovative musical movie event that features an entire concept album of brand-new songs and we couldn't be more excited about it." 

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