DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby releases in the US on March 31.
The film directed by Tom McGrath tells the story of how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family. The same is told from the viewpoint of his wildly imaginative seven-year-old brother named Tim Templeton who quickly discovers that his new brother is actually a secret agent.
McGrath, who had directed Megamind way back in 2010 and had co-directed the first three Madagascar films, said that The Boss Baby was originally going to be a PDI/DreamWorks project.
After Megamind, he was looking for a project to develop and the company had recently acquired the rights to the 2010 book of the same name written and illustrated by Marla Frazee.
“It was just a simple, 30-page book that was a universal metaphor for how, when a baby comes into a parent’s life, it takes over the house and bosses them around. It’s a really cute book,” he says. Right away he realized, “I haven’t seen this in animation before. It might make a really good story,” McGrath observed.
At that point he started working with screenwriter Michael McCullers to blow it up into a bigger story about sibling rivalry between a kid and his new baby brother.
The film has the voices of Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire.