The Willoughbys is an upcoming American-Canadian computer animated comedy film directed by Kris Pearn and Cory Evans and written by Pearn. It is based on the children's book of same name by Lois Lowry. The film stars the voices of Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.

The Willoughbys
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKris Pearn
Cory Evans
Produced byLuke Carroll
Aaron L. Gilbert
Brenda Gilbert
Written byKris Pearn
Based onThe Willoughbys
by Lois Lowry
CinematographySebastian Brodin
Rav Grewal
Edited byScott Winlaw
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
Spring 2020
United States

Voice castEdit


In November 2015, Bron Studios acquired the animated film rights to the Lois Lowry's book The Willoughbys, and hired Kris Pearn to adapt into a screenplay with Adam Wood to direct the film, with Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll producing.[1] In April 2017, Ricky Gervais was cast in the film to lead the voice, and it was reported that Pearn would co-direct the film with Cory Evans.[2] In June 2017, more were cast to the film, included Terry Crews, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, and Seán Cullen (replaced by Vincent Tong).[3] Will Forte and Alessia Cara also provided their voices, with Netflix now set to distribute the film.[4]

As of November 2018, the film was still in-production at the Bron Animation studio in Burnaby, British Columbia.[4]


  1. ^ Kay, Jeremy (November 8, 2015). "Bron Animation to adapt 'The Willoughbys'". Screen. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (April 13, 2017). "Ricky Gervais to Narrate Animated Feature 'The Willoughbys'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (June 2, 2017). "Martin Short, Maya Rudolph Join Ricky Gervais in Animated Film 'Willoughbys'". Variety. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 6, 2018). "Netflix Unveils 'The Willoughbys', 'Maya And The Three', & More In Animated Slate". Deadline. Retrieved November 6, 2018.

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