“Ron’s Gone Wrong” Shows Bright Future For Locksmith Animation – The Oswegonian
Locksmith Animation’s feature debut, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” marks a good start for the budding studio. Despite its familiar rhythms and characters, the film offers enough heart and visual sparkle to create a smooth and quirky viewing experience.
A friendship story, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” shows Barney (Jack Dylan Grazer, “Luca”), an 11-year-old loner navigating a society obsessed with “B-bots”: robots designed to help children find their way. make friends. After receiving a faulty robot known as Ron (Zach Galifianakis, “Between Two Ferns: The Movie”), Barney embarks on an adventure where he learns the true meaning of friendship, as well as the importance of be yourself.
While the film is playing it safe in terms of story, authentic performances and writing help it overcome its more generic elements. Representing an introverted child emerging from his shell, Grazer exhibits great emotional depth throughout. Galifiankis, whose role is reminiscent of “Big Hero 6’s” Baymax, delivers a sweet eccentric performance that serves as both comic relief and the heart of the film. Together, the two show great chemistry, making their friendship story even more authentic and fun.
By emphasizing a world infatuated with technology, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” draws important parallels with today’s society. Specifically, the film describes B-Bots as outlets for children to access social media and games in order to form personal relationships. This highlights the real problem of how children’s reliance on technology negatively affects their social skills. Other issues, such as data mining, are touched on as well, posing surprisingly mature plot points that give the story something adult moviegoers can cling to.
While not all land, the film’s humor deserves praise for its freshness. With an unabashed willingness to be silly and weird, laughs are often generated by sheer absurdity or randomness in the characters’ actions or dialogue. While the film sometimes resorts to common children’s film tropes, such as the use of toilet humor, it fortunately retains most of its comedic original.
With spastic and cartoonish animation, “Ron’s Gone Wrong” makes good use of its environments and B-bot designs to generate a fun and dynamic world. However, some elements, such as the drawings of human figures, appear simplistic or generic. Overall, the animation in the film is unique enough to create a visual identity for Locksmith Animation.
Despite the strength shown by its themes of friendship and technological obsession, there are other concepts that the film fails to bring to fruition. Most importantly concerns the distant relationship with his overworked father, Graham (Ed Helms, “The Office”), a plot point that is under-explored, although it is mentioned frequently throughout the story.
With the respectable “Ron’s Gone Wrong” under his belt, Locksmith Animation seems to have a bright future ahead. While the film is far from perfect, it points to a step in the right direction for the studio with its unique identity and brand of humor. With a slew of projects slated for release, the studio will hopefully improve on their debut film and maintain their winning streak for years to come.
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