DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby to release in US on March 31.


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.