DreamWorks Introduces Audiences to New Characters in Charming Short ‘Almost Home’

By March 12, 2014

If someone, say a major animation studio, wanted to get an audience excited for, oh, we don’t know, a new animated feature that is totally original and doesn’t include any highly recognizable characters or mythology, how would they go about doing that?

By making a new animated short that is totally original and doesn’t include any highly recognizable characters or mythology and releasing it to the public. Oh, and casting Steve Martin in a big role can’t hurt. That’s exactly what the team over at DreamWorks Animation has done with Almost Home, a new short that introduces us to the populace of Home, a full feature that will arrive this Thanksgiving.

DreamWorks Animation’s YouTube page debuted the charming short, which features some of the characters we’ll get to know a lot better come November. Although Home is not based on any highly recognizable material, it does spring from an existing book series. Empire shares a little bit more about the film’s plot and its origins:

Home, adapted from Adam Rex’s book The True Meaning Of Smekday, finds Steve Martin as Captain Smek, the overly confident leader of the Boov, an alien race in search of a new planet to call home. When they arrive and successfully conquer the Earth, all but a handful of humans are promptly relocated. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on a life-altering road trip. Can they save the human race?

Take a look at the short film below!

Home will feature the voices of Steve Martin, Rihanna, Jim Parsons, and Jennifer Lopez, and is directed by Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge).

It opens on November 26.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.
  • Susan P Graham

    I think I see the next Christmas plush coming down the road. Cute!

  • Kristin T Medina

    AWWWWW! I want one! Just in time for Christmas I see. HMMMMMMM? A coincidence?