Rumble (2021 film)

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Rumble
Rumble 2021 film poster.png
Promotional release poster
Directed byHamish Grieve
Screenplay by
Based onMonster on the Hill
by Rob Harrell
Produced by
  • Brad Booker
  • Mark Bakshi
Starring
CinematographyKent Seki
Edited byMatthew Landon
Music byLorne Balfe
Production
companies
Distributed byParamount+
Release date
  • December 15, 2021 (2021-12-15)[1]
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Rumble is a 2021 American computer-animated sports comedy film directed by Hamish Grieve with a screenplay by Grieve and Matt Lieberman. Loosely based on Monster on the Hill, a graphic novel by Rob Harrell, the film stars the voices of Will Arnett, Geraldine Viswanathan, Terry Crews, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro, Tony Danza, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tony Shalhoub, Bridget Everett, Greta Lee, Ben Schwartz, Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch.

Produced by Paramount Animation, WWE Studios, Walden Media and Reel FX Animation Studios, the film was released in the United States on December 15, 2021 on Paramount+.[1] The film received generally mixed reviews from critics with criticism for its writing, characters, and pacing, although the animation and voice acting received some praise.

Plot[edit]

In a world where giant monsters and humans coexist, monsters compete in a popular professional wrestling global sport known as monster wrestling, with each city having its own monster wrestler. After the current wrestler for the small town of Stoker, the shark-like Tentacular becomes the new world champion, he announces he no longer wants to represent Stoker. The townspeople are later told if they do not find a new wrestler, they will lose the town's stadium and its revenue, which prompts wrestling enthusiast Winnie Coyle to search for a new monster representative for her town.

Winnie heads to an underground fight and finds the son of the famous late Stoker champion Rayburn, fighting under the name of "Steve The Stupendous". Winnie interferes in the match and causes Steve to win instead of taking a dive, as the underground arena employer wanted. Steve is confronted by his employer and threatened unless he can get the owner back the money she just lost. Winnie tells Steve she can help him get the money by training him to fight Tentacular. Realizing he has no other way to make the money, Steve agrees to be trained.

Steve initially is uninterested in learning how to fight properly and wins his first match by evading his opponent. Steve later tells Winnie he left Stoker because everyone saw him as an extension of his father and could not live up to his name. Winnie learns Steve loves dancing and decides to train him using dance moves. As they progress up the league's rankings, Tentacular announces he and his agent have bought Stoker's stadium and wants to demolish it as Tentacular sees it as a reminder that he will be always compared to Rayburn. Even though Steve manages to repay his underground arena employer, he decides to help Winnie, reveals his identity as Rayburn Jr. and challenges Tentacular to a match for the stadium.

During the fight, Steve avoids most of the hits by Tentacular in the first round, but Tentacular counters his dance moves in the second round. In the third round, Steve brings the fight and is able to not only use dance but land several hits. Winnie tells Steve to use Tentacular's suckers to stick him to one of the corner posts. When Steve goes in for the final move, he and Tentacular collide and are both knocked out. Tentacular gets up first but is too rattled to end the match. The crowd gets Steve back up by clapping a salsa beat and he is finally able to defeat Tentacular and save the stadium.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On February 18, 2015, Reel FX Creative Studios announced an adaptation of the 2013 graphic novel Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, to be written by Matt Lieberman.[3] On April 25, 2018, Paramount Animation announced that joined the film as a co-producer, with Walden Media, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.[4] DisneyToon Studios vet Bradley Raymond was originally going to direct the film,[4] but due to unknown reasons, he was eventually replaced by DreamWorks Animation veteran Hamish Grieve, head of story for films such as Rise of the Guardians and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, thus making his directorial debut.[5] On June 12, 2019, the title was changed to Rumble.[5]

Casting[edit]

The first casting announcement consisted of Geraldine Viswanathan, Will Arnett, and Terry Crews. Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Ben Schwartz, Jimmy Tatro, Tony Danza, Susan Kelechi Watson, Carlos Gómez, Charles Barkley, Chris Eubank, Bridget Everett, Michael Buffer, and Stephen A. Smith, revealing their involvement in the film.[2]

Release[edit]

On September 19, 2019, the film was scheduled to be released on July 31, 2020.[6] On November 12, 2019, the release date was pushed to January 29, 2021.[7] On October 27, 2020, the release date was then moved to May 14, 2021,[8] and moved again on January 27, 2021 to February 18, 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] On November 26, 2021, the film made one final move to December 15, 2021, as a Paramount+ exclusive, cancelling its theatrical release altogether.[1]

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 43% based on reviews from 14 critics, with an average rating of 5.1/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100 based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Malholtra, Rahul (November 26, 2021). "'Rumble' Trailer Reveals Animated Sports Movie Heading for a Paramount+ Release". Collider. Retrieved November 26, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Jackson, Angelique (September 1, 2020). "Charles Barkley, Chris Eubank and Bridget Everett Join Paramount Animation's 'Rumble' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (February 18, 2015). "Reel FX Makes Multi-Picture Pact With 'Book Of Life' Helmer Jorge R. Gutierrez; Kung Fu Space Western, Anybody?". Deadline. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Giardina, Carolyn (April 25, 2018). "Paramount Grows Its Animation Slate With 'Monster on the Hill,' 'Luck'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Giardina, Carolyn (June 12, 2019). "'Spice Girls' Movie in the Works as Paramount Unveils Animation Slate (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 19, 2019). "Paramount Animation & WWE Studios Partner For Upcoming Feature 'Rumble'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 23, 2019.
  7. ^ Pedersen, Erik (November 12, 2019). "Paramount Grounds 'Rugrats' Movie, Moves WWE's 'Rumble' Back Six Months & Titles Next 'SpongeBob' Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 28, 2020). "Paramount's Animated 'Rumble' Release Date Moves Deeper Into 2021". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 27, 2021). "Paramount Pushes Animated Pic 'Rumble' To 2022". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  10. ^ "Rumble". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved April 3, 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ "Rumble Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved December 20, 2021.

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