“Wonder Park” Celebrates Power of Family, Imagination & Self-Belief
A delightful and inspiring fable for all ages, Paramount Pictures’ Wonder Park” tells the story of a precocious 8-year-old with a knack for engineering designs a spectacular imaginary amusement park, only to discover that it has become real. But when her beloved park is threatened, only she can save her creation ― with the help of her soaring imagination and some very special friends.
Wonder Park features a star-studded voice cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, Matthew Broderick, Norbert Leo Butz, John Oliver, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Ken Hudson Campbell, and newcomer Brianna Denski.
An enchanting adventure that celebrates the power of family, imagination, teamwork and self-belief, Wonder Park is written and produced by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Turtles franchise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) from a story by Robert Gordon (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Men in Black II).
Since André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum began working together in 1998, the writing and producing partners have visited outer space, lurked in the sewers of New York City, shepherded undercover operatives through an impossible mission and survived a world in which animals revolt against humanity — all through the power of their imaginations. With their first animated feature, Wonder Park, the prolific pair enter the mind of June, a wildly creative 8-year-old visionary who will move mountains to save her greatest achievement: Wonderland, the epic amusement park she and her beloved mother have created together.
On the surface, Wonder Park is an uninhibited romp through a miraculous and thrilling amusement park. From the monumental Grand Wonder roller coaster to the gravity-defying Zero-G Land, June’s personal playground takes the theme park experience to new heights. But Appelbaum and Nemec saw the potential to develop a more emotionally compelling storyline about personal loss and growing up. “It felt like there was a very poignant story to tell inside a really fun story,” says Nemec.
By combining superb storytelling, unforgettable characters and thrilling action sequences with gorgeous CG animation, Appelbaum and Nemec have fashioned an original adventure and an unforgettable heroine — and also managed to weave in some important messages about family and the power of imagination.
“It has been an incredible experience,” says Appelbaum of the project. “Our own imaginations sprang to life at the idea of helping create this magical amusement park and the journey our main character June takes. It’s very much about creativity and storytelling, which are themes that hold incredible appeal for both of us.”
In Philippine cinemas March 13, Wonder Park is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uipmoviesph/; Twitter at https://twitter.com/uipmoviesph and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/uipmoviesph/