TL;DR – Besides one or two interesting moments, it never makes use of its formula
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Back in 2017 the was this odd animated film that landed in the world. Some despised it, and I found The Boss Baby to be well just fine. Since then, I have seen it pop up occasionally on Netflix where it has done well enough for a follow-up series. Today they take another step as they take on Netflix’s newest format the interactive episode.
So to set the scene, we open in on Staci (Alex Cazares) and Jimbo (Kevin Michael Richardson) as they introduce the audience to the employer training VR simulator. You are a baby, and they are trying to find which of the 16 jobs on offer you are the best fit for. You could work out in the field, in middle management, or be the titular Boss Baby (JP Karliak) themself.
The interactive mode genre is a series of videos where they act like choose your own adventures where you are given two or more possible answers which you have to pick from. For example, what is in each of Jimbo’s hands, it could be some candy or a mini-dancing Jimbo, choose left or right, and then your choices could change the way the show progresses. We last saw this done in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend and I doubt this will be its last run here.
For a type of show like this to work, you have to care about the choices you make and to be honest. I didn’t. Nothing in the show’s presentation jumped out at me as being genuinely worth the time to go back and play it through again to see what I missed, which is the main drive here. [SPOILERS] While it was mostly frustrating, I will say two moments did make me laugh, the first was when one of the characters had an existential crisis in seeing a digital version of themselves thus questioning the very nature of existence. The other was when a character unionised the cats to seize the means of production.
Part of the problem is that what we got was not branching storylines, but wave storytelling. Where the narrative appears to be branching out before crashing back in on itself. This leaves you feeling like none of your choices matter all that much. It is a similar feeling that you get in some video games that follow the same narrative pattern. Which would not be a huge problem if the show does not go out of its way to remind you that ‘Choices Matter’? To add to this, some of the voice acting was people were trying to imitate other actors, and it was a bit hit and miss and the animation levels were not quite there.
In the end, do we recommend, The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!? Honestly, no, we really can’t. I’m not sure who this is targeted at, because it feels like it is aimed super young, but then I can’t see that working without a lot of parental assistance and breaking up fights if siblings are involved. For that more youthful demographic, I would actually recommend a more traditional film like How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!
Directed by – Dan Forgione, Pete Jacobs & Matt Whitlock
Written by – Sarah Katin, Nakia Trower Shuman, JD Ryznar, Brandon Sawyer & Tanner Tananbaum
Based on –The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
Starring – JP Karliak, Pierce Gagnon, Diedrich Bader, Jeff Bennett, Flula Borg, Alex Cazares, David W. Collins, Rhys Darby, Cynthia Erivo, Jake Green, Hope Levy, Wendie Malick, Victor Raider-Wexler, Kevin Michael Richardson, Sarah-Nicole Robels, Brandon Scott, James Patrick Stuart & Kari Wahlgren.
Rating – Australia: PG;