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In June 2007, ''Computeropolis 2'' was selected for competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival before its commercial release. In the United States, it premiered on June 21, 2007 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in [[Universal City, California]]. Universal Pictures released the film widely in the United States on July 6, 2007, in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2007, and in Australia on September 6, 2007.
 
In June 2007, ''Computeropolis 2'' was selected for competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival before its commercial release. In the United States, it premiered on June 21, 2007 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in [[Universal City, California]]. Universal Pictures released the film widely in the United States on July 6, 2007, in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2007, and in Australia on September 6, 2007.
   

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Computeropolis 2 is a 2007 American computer-animated science fiction action-comedy film produced by Universal Feature Animation and released by Universal Pictures. It is the second installment in the Computeropolis film franchise and the sequel to 2004's Computeropolis. The film was directed by Audel LaRoque and co-directed by Arlo-Avocha Vernon and written by Thomas Lennon, LaRoque, and Mike Reiss from a story by LaRoque, Vernon, Michael Wildshill, Lennon, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Reiss. Jesse McCartney, David Spade, Dan Fogler, David Hyde Pierce, Jodi Benson, Jon Lovitz, and Jennifer Tilly reprised their respective roles, joined by Sarah Silverman, Chris Pine, Eddie Izzard, and Brian Stepanek. Computeropolis 2 takes place following the events of the first film, with Peri and the gang entering a multiplayer virtual reality online world, during which Peri finds love. Soon, Computeropolis plunges into chaos when a mysterious gang of cyberbullies try to hijack Peri's computer and take over the cyber city.

Development began in 2004, shortly after the success of the original Computeropolis. LaRoque, who directed the first film, agreed to return to direct the sequel, after he was no longer directing Universal's cancelled animated film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Snow Queen, which had been abandoned due to story problems. LaRoque and the story team developed the plot for the sequel over a weekend in November 2004. John Debney and Heitor Pereira also returned to compose the original score for the sequel. It was the last film produced by the Universal City animation studio under Universal Feature Animation before it was renamed Universal Animation Studios.

Computeropolis 2 premiered at the Gibson Amphitheatre on June 21, 2007, and was released in the United States on July 6, 2007. It was an immediate critical and commercial success, earning over $853 million worldwide on its $77 million budget, making it the highest-grossing animated film of 2007 and the fifth highest-grossing film of the year; it was the highest-grossing film from Universal Animation until Paradoria surpassed it in 2015. It was also nominated for the Best Animated Film at the 61st British Academy Film Awards. The film was re-released in 3D on March 6, 2015. Two more sequels were released — Computeropolis 3 in 2010 and Computeropolis: The Deep Web in 2018 with Computeropolis: Webcation set for release in 2021.

Plot

Peri Dazz is living his dream as a member of the Desktop Component League (DCL), protecting the city of Computeropolis with his best friend Nicky Kickzoo. The DCL is sent on an assignment to apprehend Mr. Error, an anthropomorphic error message who has recently been bugging the citizens of Computeropolis. They successfully complete the mission, with Mr. Error taken into custody by internet officers Paul and Frank. Soon after, the DCL is rewarded by their leader Manager Marc with a visit to Virtual Paradise, a multiplayer mall park. While playing a game there, Peri spots a girl who also wears a hoodie; however, Nicky takes Peri with him and the gang before he can find out who she is. Meanwhile, a gang of cyberbullies led by James V. Survick (nicknamed Cyber-Boy) invades and captures a secret coding base located far away from Computeropolis. Cyber-Boy encounters a tracking map that leads them to Computeropolis, and they travel to the city, plotting to hack the vulnerable cyber hotspot.

Back at the DCL headquarters, Marc tells Peri that he longs to find a new job, and leaves the DCL for new employment; Peri thus takes his place as the new leader of the DCL. The next day, Computeropolis mayor Fredrick Moss hires Peri for community service to clean up the mess Mr. Error made the other day; Peri initially refuses, but reluctantly volunteers. During his job, Peri sees the girl he saw at Virtual Paradise, only for Moss to tell him to get back to work. Nicky and the rest of the DCL visit Peri on his job, and Peri tells Nicky he is trying to find out more about the girl he saw, who is heading to Virtual Paradise. After the DCL leaves him, Peri eventually abandons his job and heads off to Virtual Paradise. When Peri catches up with her, the girl introduces herself as Vinna Binz, and Peri instantly falls in love with her.

The next day, Cyber-Boy's gang arrives in Computeropolis and attacks the city. Peri, Nicky, and the rest of the DCL show up to stop them, only for the cyberbullies to retreat. Cyber-Boy appears on the city's central monitor, explaining that everyone will not survive in the next 50 hours, as soon as he and his henchmen destroy and hijack the city. Shocked, Peri warns his friends, but shortly introduces Vinna to the DCL. Peri and Nicky later take Vinna to Cyber-Boy's hideout so they could spy on Cyber-Boy and his henchmen. As they make a sound which made Cyber-Boy and his henchmen notice them, the trio manage to escape from the minions. Peri tries to make a run for it, but is immediately captured by Cyber-Boy's henchmen. Cyber-Boy is furious at Peri for spying on him, so he sends the boy to the cell in his new inescapable prison

Peri discovers that Cyber-Boy, who is revealed to have hired Marc as a partner, has been planning to build a powerful malware missile labeled the "b00kw0rm" that will destroy the entire city (Peri's hard drive, in other words) upon impact to achieve world domination. Nicky, Vinna and the rest of the DCL later save Peri and help him escape the prison. The heroes then go around and set off all the security alerts, overloading the system. The prison starts to crumble and fall apart. After they escape, Peri and Vinna spend personal time together, and Peri falls in love with her. 

The next day, Peri buys some Valentine's Day gifts for Vinna, but only to find out that she is moving to Japan so she could spent time studying anime and manga as well as speaking Japanese. She asks Peri to go with her to Japan, but Peri in turn asks Vinna to stay with him when Vinna says it is unlikely she will ever return before leaving right away. A heartbroken Peri lacks the courage to ask Vinna out on a date. Meanwhile, Cyber-Boy orders his henchmen to destroy Computeropolis and take over the city.

At the airport, Vinna, who starts catching feelings for Peri, leaves the airport and heads back to Computeropolis. However, by the time she gets there, Vinna is caught by Cyber-Boy, who is revealed to be Vinna's former ex-boyfriend. Fortunately, Marc calls and informs Peri and Nicky, and instructs to rescue Vinna, the duo go undercover to distract Cyber-Boy in order to save Vinna. They find a bound and gagged Vinna strapped to the b00kw0rm, and start to untie her, but Cyber-Boy confronts them by grabbing the remote to launch the missile. The DCL, reunited with Marc, arrive and are able to defeat Cyber-Boy and his henchmen. At the end of the battle, Cyber-Boy becomes dazed and gets shot by Marc using his laser gun (thanks to Vinna), causing Cyber-Boy to transform into an endoskeleton. The next day, Vinna prepares to leave on the taxi but she and Peri decide to remain together anyway, taking Nicky and the rest of the DCL along; they begin their new lives together.

Voice cast

Main article: List of Computeropolis characters

Clippit, Bill, Sam, Paul and Frank from the first film make non-speaking cameo appearances in various scenes.

Additional voices

Production

Development

In July 2004, at the time of the release of Computeropolis, Universal Feature Animation CEO Michael Wildshill confirmed that a sequel was in the works, and by early September 2004, it was tentatively scheduled for a July 6, 2007 release date. David Silverman, the co-director of the first film, did not return for the film due to his occupation with The Simpsons Movie, but remained as a consultant for the film. Over the weekend in early November 2004, a story team consisting of LaRoque, Wildshill, Arlo-Avocha Vernon, Thomas Lennon, Karey Kirkpatrick, and Mike Reiss was assembled, and came up with an idea of the sequel, conceiving the idea of how Peri would find his love in a virtual world. Lennon then wrote an initial treatment for the screenplay.

In October 2005, Universal announced it would have the subtitle Internet Chaos, which was changed by March 2006 to The Error of Doom before simply being retitled as Computeropolis 2 in November 2006. On March 19, 2006, it was announced that LaRoque would return to direct the sequel, even though he was originally too busy due to his developing Universal's adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, which was later cancelled.

Casting

In May 2005, Variety reported that Jodie Foster was negotiating to voice Peri's love interest Vinna Binz, but she was turned down because her voice sounded too old for the role. By December 2005, Anne Hathaway had joined the cast to voice Vinna. In May 2006, Universal confirmed that Jesse McCartney, David Spade, Dan Fogler, David Hyde Pierce, Jodi Benson, Jon Lovitz, and Jennifer Tilly were returning to reprise their roles. Newcomers include Chris Pine as Cyber-Boy and Eddie Izzard as Fredrick Moss.

On February 22, 2007, just a month before the film's first full trailer, it was announced that Anne Hathaway had left the film over creative differences about how her character should come to life. At the time of her departure, Hathaway's character had already been fully voiced and animated. Sarah Silverman, who had already been considered before Hathaway, stepped in to voice Vinna. Due to the finished animation, Silverman had to match her timing exactly to the character's mouth movement. Initially, during her five-day recording, she tried to imitate Hathaway's voice, but found it impossible. She ended up only using Hathaway as an inspiration, and resolved to go with her own interpretation of the character. Her work was commended by Variety, saying: "You'd never guess she wasn't the filmmakers' first choice." Hathaway would later subsequently accepted the role of Luna McPherson in another Universal animated film, Luna & Zak, six years later.

William Shatner was asked to reprise his role as Frank from the first film, but was unable to do so due to other professional commitments. Plans to include Paul and Frank in larger speaking roles in the sequel were abandoned early.

Animation

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Music

Main article: Computeropolis 2/Soundtrack

John Debney and Heitor Pereira, who previously composed the first film, returned to compose the score of Computeropolis 2.

Release

Theatrical

In June 2007, Computeropolis 2 was selected for competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival before its commercial release. In the United States, it premiered on June 21, 2007 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Universal Pictures released the film widely in the United States on July 6, 2007, in the United Kingdom on July 13, 2007, and in Australia on September 6, 2007.

After the success of the 3D re-release of Jurassic Park, Universal re-released Computeropolis 2 in 3D on March 6, 2015.

Marketing

On July 5, 2006, an early teaser trailer was released online, and was later attached to Me & Mobo, which went into theaters two days later. The trailer featured footage not presented in the final film, similar to the teaser trailer of its predecessor. The trailer also displayed the film's original subtitle The Error of Doom, which was removed in November 2006. Another teaser trailer was released on December 13, 2006 and was later attached into The Princess and the Pied Piper a week later. On March 13, 2007, the film's first full trailer was released in front of TMNT and Meet the Robinsons. The second and final full trailer was released on May 9, 2007 and attached into Shrek the Third.

The film was backed by a large marketing campaign, with various merchandise becoming available throughout 2007. A video game based on the film was released for the Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation Portable, PC and Nintendo DS.

Home media

Computeropolis 2 was released on DVD and HD DVD on December 11, 2007, on Blu-ray on July 22, 2008, and on Blu-ray 3D on July 7, 2015. Both releases include a short film titled Peri and Nicky Get a Flu. A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version was released on May 8, 2018.

Reception

Box office

Computeropolis 2 opened in 4,219 North American theaters on its opening weekend, grossing $52.1 million on its first day, which was the biggest Friday opening day in July. During its opening weekend, Computeropolis 2 earned $133.5 million from 4,219 theaters, which at the time set new records such as the highest opening for a Universal Animation film, the highest opening for a 2007 film in the United States and Canada, and previously the highest for a Universal animated feature until it was outgrossed by Paradoria in 2015 as well as holding the biggest opening for an animated feature (record overtaken by Incredibles 2 in 2018). Regarding the film's successful opening, Lauren Martin, Universal Pictures' president of marketing said, "We had a great date, and this is a big win for Universal Feature Animation." It fell 62.6% in its second weekend, grossing $49.9 million and finishing second behind newcomer Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Computeropolis 2 grossed $362,152,089 domestically (US and Canada) and $491,324,272 in foreign markets for a total of $853,476,361 worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film worldwide of 2007, and the highest-grossing Universal film of that year. In addition, Computeropolis 2 was the highest-grossing animated film of 2007, as well as the second highest-grossing Universal Studios film (behind Jurassic Park in 1993). With DVD sales and Computeropolis 2 merchandise estimated to total almost $700 million, Computeropolis 2, which was produced with a budget of $77 million, was Universal's most profitable film at the time of its release, and was also the highest-grossing film produced by Universal Animation at the time until Paradoria surpassed it in 2015, later Computeropolis: The Deep Web in 2018, and then Paradoria 2 in 2019.

Critical response

Computeropolis 2 received generally positive reviews from critics, with many considering it to be better than its predecessor. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 78% approval rating with an average rating of 7.3/10 based on 186 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "Computeropolis 2 upgrades the action, humor, and production values of its predecessor to outstanding new levels – with deeper focus on character drama on top of all that." On another review aggregator Metacritic, the film has a weighted average rating of 62 out of 100 based on 47 professional reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

Roger Ebert gave it three out of four stars saying it's "wonderous, entertaining, hilarious, and it's full with enjoyment," while Richard Corliss of Time Magazine gave a positive review and called it "the summer's perfect family film." Max Nicholson of IGN commented, "Computeropolis 2 lives up to the first groundbreaking box office smash, except the plot is very familiar." James Rocchi of MSN Movies gave the film four out of five stars, calling it "a sequel that is way better and cooler than the original, with full of hilarious scenes with some action and more." A.O. Scott of The New York Times praised the film for being able to balance out the action sequences and strong storytelling, writing that "Computeropolis 2 has a lot of better sequences than the original Computeropolis, with some gags, action scenes, and it has the usual wit from the original."

In contrast to the praise it received, even in some positive reviews, some critics said that the film wasn't as good as the original film. Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review, saying "Amazing sequels like Toy Story 2 and Shrek 2 showed the laughs of more fun scenes; Computeropolis 2 doesn't quite have usual gags as the original Universal Pictures hit."

Accolades

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Animated Feature Audel LaRoque Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Thomas Lennon, Audel LaRoque & Mike Reiss Nominated
American Cinema Editors Best Edited Animated Feature Film Tom F. Warner Nominated
Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Nominated
Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial Won
Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production Nick Boening Nominated
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production John France Nominated
Directing in a Feature Production Audel LaRoque Nominated
Music in a Feature Production John Debney, Heitor Pereira Nominated
Production Design in a Feature Production Cynthia Marion and Shane Prigmore Nominated
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Sherm Cohen Nominated
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Jesse McCartney Nominated
David Spade Nominated
Sarah Silverman Nominated
British Academy Children's Awards (BAFTA) BAFTA Kid's Vote (Feature Film) Won
Cinema Audio Society Awards Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures – Animated Michael Silvers, Will Files, Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Gary A. Rizzo, Tony Eckert Nominated
Critics' Choice Awards Best Animated Film Audel LaRoque Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Animated Feature Film Nominated
Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Feature Film: Animated Nominated
Kids Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Won
Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Jesse McCartney
David Spade Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie Won
Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Picture Brandon Minez Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Animated Film Nominated
Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated Feature Audel LaRoque Won
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Effects in an Animated Motion Picture Mike Warden, Lilly Cone, Kevin White, Lee Stringer, Doug Soloman Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture Randy Travelers, John Madson, Matt Beckson, Josh Underwood, Ralph Nelson, Lewis Bo, Brad Syrus Nominated

Sequels

Main article: Computeropolis (franchise)

Computeropolis 2 has two sequels; Computeropolis 3 and Computeropolis: The Deep Web. A fifth film, titled Computeropolis: Webcation, is set for release on July 9, 2021.

Transcripts

Main

To see the main transcript of the film, click here.

Trailers

To see the transcript for the trailers of the film, click here.


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Media
Films: ComputeropolisComputeropolis 2Computeropolis 3Computeropolis: The Deep WebComputeropolis: Webcation

Television: Computeropolis: Adventures of Peri and NickyZola: Queen of the Deep WebComputeropolis: Operation DCL

Characters
Peri DazzNicky KickzooVinna BinzTravisManager MarcCommander CindyNotepad NedPainting Paula


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Universal Animation Studios
Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) · Paint World (1999) · Mistress Masham's Repose (2000) · Magina (2003) · Computeropolis (2004) · Onion Mastori: The Movie (2005) · Curious George (2006) · Me & Mobo (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010) · Nepola's Odyssey (2011) · Quest (2012) · Luna & Zak (2013) · Nepola's Odyssey II (2014) · Paradoria (2015) · Imagimals (2017) · Lix (2017) · Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018) · Sev: Indehindrance Day (2019) · Paradoria 2 (2019) · Imagimals 2 (2020)

Upcoming: Computeropolis: Webcation (2021) · Mechagirl (2022)

Illumination
Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) · The Grinch (2018) · The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Esqua (2020)

Upcoming: Sing 2 (2021) · Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022) · Untitled animated Mario film (2022)

DreamWorks Animation
Dusk and Dawn: A Zodiacal Night (2018) · Greenuts (2018) · How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) · Abominable (2019) · Trolls World Tour (2020) · The Croods: A New Age (2020)

Upcoming: Spirit Untamed (2021) · The Boss Baby: Family Business‎‎ (2021) · The Bad Guys (2022) · Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (2022)

Gingo Movies
Hatty in the Big City: The Movie (1999) · Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie (1999) · Going Francisco (2001) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · The Whackems: One Big Movie (2003) · Zina and the Vivid Crew (2004) · The Pandemoniums Movie (2009) · The Ace of All Trades Movie: Too Hot For Theaters! (2010) · FusionMania: The Movie (2012) · Planetokio (2014)
Multimedia Animation
Liche's Wish (1990) · East of the Sun and West of the Moon (1992) · Romeo and Juliet (1994)
Amblin Entertainment
An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Balto (1995) · The Imps of Nature (1996)
Big Idea Entertainment
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) · LarryBoy: A VeggieTales Movie (2020)
Animated Films Distributed by Universal
The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · Flying Phantom Ship (1971) · Elements of Light (1989) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · Doraemon: The Movie‎‎ (1995) · Maze of the Castle (1998) · The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) · Princess Arete (2001) · Momo (2001) · The Magic Roundabout (2005) · The Princess and the Pied Piper (2006) · Cinnamon the Movie (2007) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008) · Saturn (2013)
Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features
Zoe Tarr: The Drinking Detective‎ (2007) · Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Ratchet & Clank (2016) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

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