Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April
& Friday 7 January to Thursday 27 April
(U) 1hr 37min
USA 2017 Dir. Garth Tom McGrath
voices of: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow
An energized Alec Baldwin is comically commanding in this animated confection from DreamWorks in which a be-suited toddler assembles a clandestine all-baby task force to strategically take on a canine menace.
Words like "inventive" and "inspired" are very rarely applied to the parade of cookie-cutter animated features that pass through cinemas each year, but The Boss Baby proves a refreshing exception for all ages.
Tim Templeton (voiced by Miles Bakshi): an only child with an overactive imagination is convinced that he and his parents (Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow) form an ideal family unit.
But mom and dad have other ideas, and one day bring home a little brother for Tim ó albeit one in full business attire who totes a briefcase and speaks (when the adults arenít within earshot) with Mr. Baldwinís commanding yet cordial tones. It turns out heís a tot on a mission, dispatched by Babycorp headquarters to prevent an adorable puppy product launch by arch-rival Puppyco that threatens to divert parental affection away from drooling diaper-wearers the world over.
It s Alec Baldwin s picture (hard to imagine anyone else in the role) but he gets solid backup from his fellow voice cast. They include Steve Buscemi as a former Babycorp exec harboring a serious grudge; Tobey Maguire, handling narration as Timís older self; and James McGrath (the directorís nephew) as Wizzie, Timís amusingly theatrical, Gandalf-like, talking wizard alarm clock.