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Computeropolis 2 is a 2007 American computer-animated 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. Like its predecessor, Computeropolis 2 also features references to Microsoft Windows products. The film 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 of Computeropolis 2 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, envisioning the idea of Peri falling in love in a virtual world. 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 like its predecessor, 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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
- Main article: List of Computeropolis characters
- Jesse McCartney as Peri Dazz, a teenage computer wiz
- David Spade as Nicky Kickzoo, a video game character whom Peri created
- Sarah Silverman as Vinna Binz, a teenage girl Peri develops a crush on. Anne Hathaway was originally cast in the role, but left the film due to creative differences.
- Chris Pine as James V. "Cyber-Boy" Survick, the leader of a gang of cyberbullies who try to overthrow Peri's computer and Vinna's former ex-boyfriend
- Eddie Izzard as Fredrick Moss, the mayor of Computeropolis
- Dan Fogler as Travis, Peri's fat best friend
- David Hyde Pierce as Manager Marc, the leader and founding member of the DCL
- Jodi Benson as Commander Cindy, a member of the DCL
- Jon Lovitz as Notepad Ned, a member of the DCL
- Jennifer Tilly as Painting Paula, a member of the DCL
- Brian Stepanek as Gene, one of the cyberbullies and Cyber-Boy's henchmen
- John DiMaggio as Junior Hacker, one of the cyberbullies
- Kari Wahlgren as Carol, the computer voice
- Tress MacNeille as Heather Dazz, Peri's mother
- Jeff Bennett as Earl Dazz, Peri's father
- Harland Williams as Mr. Error, an anthropomorphic error message. Williams previously voiced Milo in the first film.
- Doug Dale as Steve
- Adam Buxton as Ben
- Audel LaRoque as a spamming player
- Joey King as a little girl
- Cynthia Marion as the girl's mother
- Stephen Tobolowsky and Clea Lewis as Computeropolis citizens
- Kevin Michael Richardson as the announcer
- Mako Iwamatsu (in his final role) as a Japanese taxi driver
Additional voices[edit | edit source]
- Isabella Acres
- Jim Anderson
- Jack Angel
- Alexander Bates
- Bob Bergen
- Claudia Besso
- Brian Cook
- John Cygan
- Madison Davenport
- Debi Derryberry
- Jessica Evans
- Bill Farmer
- Don Fullilove
- Teresa Ganzel
- Zachary Gordon
- Jess Harnell
- William Jennings
- Adam Macklin
- Danny Mann
- Laura Marano
- Mona Marshall
- Mickie McGowan
- Alec Medlock
- Brandon Minez
- Laraine Newman
- Colleen O'Shaughnessey
- Madison Pettis
- Jan Rabson
- Karen Stimson
- Arlo-Avocha Vernon
- James Kevin Ward
- Ariel Winter
Production[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
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. During the early development stages, Ash Brannon, a story artist for the first film, briefly worked on the sequel's storyboards for almost two years from late 2004 to mid 2005 as he was already co-directing Surf's Up with Chris Buck at Sony Pictures Animation at the time.
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Music[edit | edit source]
- 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[edit | edit source]
Theatrical[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
Box office[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]
|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|
|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|
|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[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Computeropolis (franchise)
Transcripts[edit | edit source]
Main[edit | edit source]
To see the main transcript of the film, click here.
Trailers[edit | edit source]
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