The Emoji Movie, originally known as Emoji Movie: Express Yourself, is a computer-animated adventure comedy film focusing on the world of emoticons. The film was directed and written by Tony Leondis, with Mike White and Eric Siegel writing with Leondis. The film is produced by Sony Pictures Animation, and was released on July 28, 2017.
- T.J. Miller as Gene, an outsider emoji who can show multiple expressions.
- James Corden as Hi-5, a hand emoji.
- Anna Faris as Jailbreak, a codebreaker/princess emoji.
- Maya Rudolph as Smiler, a smiley emoji.
- Steven Wright as Mel Meh, Gene's emoji father.
- Jennifer Coolidge as Mary Meh, Gene's emoji mother.
- Patrick Stewart as Poop, a poop emoji
- Christina Aguliera as Akiko Glitter, a super cool dancer that lives inside the Just Dance app
- Sofia Vergara as Flamenca, a flamenco dancer emoji.
- Sean Hayes as Steven, a devil emoji.
- Rachel Ray as Spam, a spam message.
- Jeff Rossas as an Internet Troll.
- Jake T. Austin as Alex, a human who owns a phone where Gene and his friends live.
- Tati Gabrielle as Addie McAlister, Alex's crush.
Sony Pictures Animation won a bidding war, against Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, for the rights to develop an animated film centered on emojis's on July 21st, 2015. Michelle Raimo Kouyate signed on to produce the film. At 2016 CinemaCon, the film was officially announced and it was revealed that it would be set in the digital world inside a smartphone.
In July 2016, T. J. Miller was announced as lead Emoji Gene in a tweet by Sony Pictures Animation on World Emoji Day. In October 2016, it was announced that Ilana Glazer and James Corden will be joining the cast as well. In December 2016, the film's title was renamed from Emojimovie: Express Yourself, to simply The Emoji Movie. Glazer was later replaced by Anna Faris.
For the movie, Ricky Reed recorded the song "Good Vibrations".
The film was released on July 28, 2017 in the United States and with a projected gross of $20–30 million from 4,069 theaters in its opening weekend. It was released on the same date as Atomic Blonde.
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