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The Emoji Movie
The Emoji Movie film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tony Leondis
Produced by Michelle Raimo Kouyate[1]
Screenplay by Eric Siegel
Tony Leondis
Mike White[1]
Based on Emojis
Music by Patrick Doyle[2]
Edited by William J. Caparella
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)
Country United States
Language English

The Emoji Movie is an upcoming 2017 American 3D computer-animated buddy adventure comedy film written and directed by Tony Leondis and co-written by Eric Siegel and Mike White.[1] It will star the voices of T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Rob Riggle, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, Sofia Vergara, and Christina Aguilera. Produced by Sony Pictures Animation, the film is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.[3]



In a phone, the world of emojis exist solely to serve their purpose. When someone sends a text involving an emoji, that emoji is scanned and its all up to it to make the right face when it does. The film centers on Gene (T. J. Miller), a multi-expressional emoji who sets out on a journey to become a normal meh emoji like his parents (Steven Wright and Jennifer Coolidge) after causing a misconception emoji. Gene and his friends are part of the phone of a young boy named Alex (Jake T. Austin), and due to his blunder, Alex's social life is in fragments, and the world of emojis is in danger of being completely deleted when Alex brings his phone for a reboot.[4][5] Not only does Gene want to fit in, but he also wants to fix his mess. He escapes the emoji city with his friends Jailbreak (Anna Faris), a rebellious codebreaker girl emoji and Hi-5 (James Corden), a hand-shaped emoji with legs. Together, they journey across familiar apps to the Cloud, the heart of the phone system to make Gene fit in and prevent the reboot. However, the emoji city president, Smiler (Maya Rudolph), a sassy lady emoji with a brilliant smile, is bent on deleting them to preserve the emoji world.



On July 21, 2015, it was announced that Sony Pictures Animation had won the bidding war against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures over production rights of an animated film centered on emoji, based on a script by Eric Siegel and Tony Leondis, with Leondis also directing the film. Michelle Raimo Kouyate would produce the film.[13] At 2016 CinemaCon, the film was officially announced and it was revealed that it would be set in the digital world in a smartphone.[14]

In July 2016, Miller was announced[6] as the lead Emoji Gene in a tweet by Sony Pictures Animation[15] on World Emoji Day. In October 2016, it was announced that Ilana Glazer and Corden will be joining the cast as well.[5] In December 2016, the film's title was renamed from Emojimovie: Express Yourself, to simply The Emoji Movie.[16] Glazer was later replaced by Anna Faris.[7]

On December 20, 2016, a teaser trailer for the film was released.[1] A second trailer was later released on May 16, 2017.[17][18]


In November 2015, Sony scheduled the film to be released on August 11, 2017.[19] A year later, it was moved to August 4, 2017, with Baby Driver taking its date.[20] In late March 2017, the film moved one week earlier to July 28, 2017, switching places with Sony Pictures' The Dark Tower.[21]

The film will be shown alongside Puppy, which is a short film directed by Genndy Tartakovsky based on the Hotel Transylvania films.[22][23]


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  2. ^ Eduardo Con (23 December 2016). "Patrick Doyle on The Emoji Movie". Retrieved March 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Franklin, Garth. ""Dark Tower" & "Emoji Movie" Swap Dates - Dark Horizons". Retrieved 2017-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b c Amidi, Amid (October 10, 2016). "'Emojimovie: Express Yourself' Promises To Make You A Better Person". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Lee, Ashley (October 10, 2016). "James Corden, Ilana Glazer Join Animated 'EmojiMovie'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Snierson, Dan (July 17, 2016). "Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller to voice lead character in emoji movie". Entertainment Weekly. 
  7. ^ a b c Schager, Nick (April 20, 2017). "'The Emoji Movie': Meet James Corden's High-Spirited, High-Fiving Character". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (January 18, 2017). "Patrick Stewart to Voice Poop Emoji in 'Emoji Movie'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c Shaw-Williams, Hannah (January 18, 2017). "Sir Patrick Stewart Voicing Poop Emoji in The Emoji Movie". Screen Rant. 
  10. ^ Marnell, Blair (December 20, 2016). "THE EMOJI MOVIE TEASER TRAILER ARRIVES WITH A 'MEH' AND A POOP DADDY". The Nerdist. 
  11. ^ Miller, Mike (April 18, 2017). "Meet Sofia Vergara's Flamenco Dancer from The Emoji Movie: 'People Are Always Saying I Look Like Her!". People. Retrieved April 18, 2017. 
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  13. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (July 21, 2015). "Emoji At Center Of Bidding Battle Won By Sony Animation; Anthony Leondis To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ Chipman, Bob (April 13, 2016). "Emoji Movie Officially Announced by Sony; Plot Details Revealed". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  15. ^ Sony Pictures Animation (July 17, 2016). "Emoji Movie: Express Yourself - T.J. Miller Audition". Twitter. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Recent Movie Title Changes". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ Plante, Chris (May 16, 2017). "The Emoji Movie's first trailer is 150 seconds of kids' movie cliches". 
  18. ^ "Sony's first full trailer for The Emoji Movie will make you rethink your life". 
  19. ^ Perry, Spencer (December 22, 2015). "Emoji Movie, Animated Spider-Man and Peter Rabbit Get Release Dates". Retrieved December 23, 2015. 
  20. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 3, 2016). "'The Dark Tower' Release Date Moved Into Summer 2017, 'Jumanji' Shifts To Christmas As Sony Juggles Slate". Deadline. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  21. ^ "The Dark Tower Movie Delayed". 
  22. ^ "Sony Pictures Animation Unveils 'Spider-Man,' 'Hotel Transylvania 3,' 'Smurfs' And More". January 19, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Sony Pictures Animation Teases Upcoming Slate". January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 

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