Illumination, the leading producer of event-animated films including the global blockbuster The Super Mario Bros. Movie and the Minions, Despicable Me and Sing franchises, announced today that Illumination’s action-packed new original comedy, Migration, will be the first-ever major 3D animated feature to premiere worldwide in the CJ 4DPlex 270-degree panoramic ScreenX format.
Illumination’s Migration arrives in theatres this December. The release is a significant milestone for CJ 4DPlex, as it marks ScreenX's entry into the major animated feature film genre, opening the door for future animated titles in the format.
In ScreenX, audiences are in for an elevated, multi-projection cinematic experience as they watch Migration’s Mallard family set out on a funny, feathered family vacation like no other.
While dad Mack (Kumail Nanjiani) is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam (Elizabeth Banks) is eager to shake things up and show their kids the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica. Their well-laid plans quickly go awry, and the experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.
Directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker Benjamin Renner from a screenplay by Emmy winner Mike White, Migration is produced by Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri.
CJ 4DPlex collaborated closely with the Illumination creative team to design expanded film sequences exclusively in the ScreenX format. ScreenX’s fully immersive auditorium surrounds moviegoers by expanding specially selected sequences of the film onto the left-and-right-side walls of the theatre. The 270-degree field of view places audiences directly at the center of the story so they’ll feel like they're flying right beside the Mallard family.
Migration will be available across ScreenX auditoriums worldwide.
“We’re thrilled for Illumination fans to take flight in ScreenX’s panoramic theatres,” said Niels Swinkels, executive vice president & managing director, Universal Pictures International. “The breathtaking visual scale and scope of Migration, with its epic action set pieces, made this the ideal film to share with audiences in ScreenX. We look forward to partnering again with CJ 4DPlex on other movies that work within their cutting-edge premium formats.”
Jongryul Kim, CEO CJ 4DPlex added, “Illumination has delivered a fun, action-packed film for the whole family, and we're excited to have Migration mark the first major animated film to debut globally in ScreenX history. As our ScreenX network continues to grow, we’re delighted to expand our offerings to include animated films.”
“CJ 4DPlex worked with Illumination to develop specific, expanded sequences of Migration especially for ScreenX, and the final result is amazing," said Don Savant, CEO, CJ 4DPlex America. “In ScreenX, families from around the world will get to witness even more of the cinematic animated magic that Illumination and director Benjamin Renner crafted for Migration and we can’t wait to share this incredible journey with audiences.”