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The Emoji Movie is such a cynical, corporate movie with no genuine heart and a voice talent that is completely wasted, I’m honestly not sure how it even got made in the first place, but still managed to make over $200 million worldwide.



The Emoji Movie

Genre(s): Animation, Comedy
Sony | PG – 86 min. – $27.99 | October 24, 2017

Date Published: 11/03/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by: Tony Leondis
Writer(s): Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel (story), Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White (screenplay)
Voice Cast: T.J. Miller, James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara, Jake T. Austin
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Music Videos
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2
Audio (4K): English (Dolby Atmos), German (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Portuguese (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Catalan (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Turkish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Audio (BD): English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Korean (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video (4K): 2160p/Widescreen 2.39
Video (BD): 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
Codecs: HEVC / H.265 (4K), MPEG-4 AVC (BD)
Region(s): A, B, C



Plot Synopsis: Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene (T.J. MILLER), an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 (JAMES CORDEN) and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak (ANNA FARIS). During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone’s very existence.

Quick Hit Review: If only I could say this movie was merely “meh”. I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered so much corporate B.S. since the crapfest known as Food Fight. The Emoji Movie is an all around terrible movie but because it a 75-minute advert for various apps, but it has an ultra-thin story, terrible writing and not a single joke. It also doesn’t make any use of its cast which includes T.J. Miller, whom I generally like, Anna Faris and… Patrick Stewart in a small role as, ugh, poop with the extra benefit of a “red alert” line. For fuck’s sake.

I can’t say I hated the movie. No, there came a point where I gave up. I honestly cannot think of one positive thing to say. Beyond the “screenplay”, such as it is (co-scripted by Mike White of all people), the animation doesn’t even look good. Sure, it’s not half done like Food Fight, but I really expected more from a major studio. I also can’t even say this is harmless fun for kids, outside of 1-4 year olds who might enjoy the bright colors.

I seriously wonder how The Emoji Movie got past the scripting stages. Skip.



This release comes with an embossed and glossy slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.

Audio Commentary – Co-Writer/Director Tony Leondis and Animators chat it up on the process of making The Emoji Movie from the story to actual animation and inspirations.

Puppy!: An Original Hotel Transylvania Short (5:00; HD) that I assume was played before the movie in theaters.

Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story (1:56; HD) – This is a deleted story for the character that wasn’t fully animated.

“Good Vibrations” Dance Along (2:38; HD) allows you to dance to the song.

Gimme a Hand!: Guess the Emoji Game (5:37; HD) is a game where you guess the many emojis. Yawn.

Express Yourself: Meet the Cast (6:45; HD) looks at the variety of voices behind the emojis. T.J. Miller’s first words were, paraphrasing, “What? They’re doing an emoji’s movie? How are they going to pull that off?”

Sweet App-etite: Making Your Own Candy Crush Saga Cake (6:24; HD) is another kid-centric feature where you can learn how to make a cake.

Girls Can Code (5:40; HD) is a feature on some real-life young ladies who are good at coding.

Choreographing Emoji with Matt  Steffanina (3:33; HD) is on the dance sequence featured in the film.

Creating the World Inside Your Phone (4:38; HD) breaks down the city of Textopolis.

Bringing Emojis to Life (3:22; HD) is on animating those unfunny icons.

Last up are How to Draw Poop (3:35; HD), How to Drop Gene (3:17; HD) and “Good Vibrations” Lyric Video (3:49; HD).


4K VIDEO – 4.5/5, BD VIDEO – 4.5/5

The Emoji Movie comes to the 4K format presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 2160p ultra high-def transfer. If I will say something positive, at least there are bright colors that pop off the small big screen and detail is relatively sharp as one would expect from a CG animated film. The 1080p Blu-ray is basically the same, just not aided by the 4K’s benefit of HDR.

4K AUDIO – 5.0/5, BD AUDIO – 4.5/5

And the second positive thing I can say, the Dolby Atmos track sounds amazing. Not only are dialogue levels crisp and clear, no surprise there, but there is incredible depth during the action-esque sequences not to mention the various top 100 music that plays. Not sure if I’d go so far to say its reference quality or anything, and why would you want to put this movie in to show off to friends or family, but it’s impressive.

As always, Sony decides to put a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, not sure why the Atmos track couldn’t be placed on the Blu-ray disc, and as such… still sounds quite good. It might not have the depth compared to the 4K, I still found it to sound pretty good all things considered.


OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, The Emoji Movie is such a cynical, corporate movie with no genuine heart and a voice talent that is completely wasted, I’m honestly not sure how it even got made in the first place, but still managed to make over $200 million worldwide. The 4K at least does have great video/audio transfers while the features are plentiful but not in-depth.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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