Me & Mobo

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Me & Mobo is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Universal Feature Animation. The film was directed by Steve Samono from a screenplay by Samono, Peter Baynham and Stacey Harmon and a story by Samono, and stars the voices of Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher, Dakota Fanning, William Shatner, Tim Curry, Wayne Knight, and Brad Garrett. It follows a gentle monster named Mobo who befriends a teenage human named Lina Miller; the two struggle to develop a close friendship without being caught by the humans.

The film was released by Universal Pictures on July 7, 2006 in the United States. It was met with mixed reviews from critics, who praised its animation, visuals, humor, score, and performances but criticized its plot and screenplay as being derivative. Despite the mixed reviews, the film was a box office success, grossing $486 million worldwide against a $74 million budget.

Plot[edit | edit source]

A lonely, harmless monster named Mobo lives in a cave in the woods and has been struggling to befriend the animals who are terrified of him after his family was killed by hunters. Meanwhile, in the small town of Lakehill, a teenage girl named Lina Miller lives with her father Harry and younger sister Paige. One day, Harry, a hunter, takes Lina to hunt in the woods so he can teach his daughter how to become a hunter like him, in which Lina lacks interest in. When she becomes separated from the group, Lina encounters Mobo in the woods.

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Production[edit | edit source]

Development[edit | edit source]

The concept of what became Me & Mobo originated from animator Cynthia Marion after the release of her feature-length directorial debut The Three Princes and Their Beasts in 1993. After Multimedia Animation was merged into Universal Feature Animation in 1996, Marion then started directing the film's development. In November 1998, Universal announced the film as The Monster and the Teenager, as a traditionally animated feature scheduled for a 2002 release, which Marion described as a "Beauty and the Beast-like" film that revolved around an entirely different concept. Marion said of the original plot, "It was a dramatic and touching version and we had a couple of great writers. But we then realized that the story wasn't fitting right, so we went into a witty and goofy direction with it."

In December 2000, The Monster and the Teenager was pushed back to a spring 2004 release in order to give Marion "more time to work on the story." By July 2001, the film was retitled Mobo and it was announced that the film would be instead a computer animated feature film due to the success of the hand-drawn/CGI animated hybrid film Going Francisco. It was also announced that Universal animator and story artist Gary Hall would be co-directing the film alongside Marion, while screenwriter Peter Baynham was hired by Universal to write the screenplay for the film. On August 29, 2002, Variety reported that Marion and Hall had stepped down as directors due to other commitments, and were replaced by Steve Samono, creator of the Gingo animated series Hatty. Marion stayed on as an executive producer and character designer, while Hall retained as story supervisor. After the film's release, Marion revealed that she had "stepped back" from the role of director because of a heart attack in 2002. In September 2002, the film's title was changed once again, this time as Me & Mobo. By May 2003, production had officially begun.

Casting[edit | edit source]

On September 9, 2003, it was reported that Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher, William Shatner and Tim Curry had been cast as the film's characters. Before Carrey was cast, Matthew Broderick was initially offered the role of Mobo, but Samono hired Carrey because of his performance in The Mask (1994) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).

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Animation[edit | edit source]

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Music[edit | edit source]

Main article: Me & Mobo/Soundtrack

The film's score was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. The soundtrack was released on July 4, 2006, by Varèse Sarabande.

Release[edit | edit source]

The film was originally scheduled for release on December 16, 2005, but on December 10, 2004, its release date was pushed back to July 7, 2006, due to Universal's satisfaction with the successful July 2004 release of Computeropolis and desire to exploit fully the merchandising potential of a summer film. The release date change was also three days after Disney/Pixar changed the release date of Cars, from November 2005 to June 2006, two days after DreamWorks Animation changed the release date of Shrek the Third, from November 2006 to May 2007, and the day after 20th Century Fox Animation changed the release date of Puppet Pals from December 2005 to June 2006.

Marketing[edit | edit source]

An exclusive sneak peek of the film was released on December 7, 2004 with the 2004 VHS and DVD releases of Computeropolis.

The film's teaser trailer was released on May 27, 2005 and was attached into theatrical screenings of Madagascar, The Perfect Man, and Onion Mastori: The Movie. Another teaser trailer was released on November 4, 2005 and was attached into Chicken Little, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Hoodwinked!. The first full trailer was released on February 10, 2006 and was shown with Curious George, Ice Age: The Meltdown and The Wild. The final trailer debuted on May 5, 2006 and was later released theatrically in front of Beastz, Over the Hedge, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Cars.

TV spots began to air between May 25 to July 21, 2006.

Upon its release, Wendy's promoted the film with a set of 5 kids' meal toys featuring the characters from the film.

Home media[edit | edit source]

Me & Mobo was released on DVD, HD DVD and UMD Video on December 5, 2006. Both releases were accompanied by an all-new short animated film titled Just Sommi. The Blu-ray version was released on July 22, 2008. It was also released on Blu-ray 3D on January 22, 2013 and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on May 15, 2018.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Box office[edit | edit source]

Me & Mobo grossed $150 million in the United States and Canada and $336.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $486.9 million, against a $74 million budget on it's opening day behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006).

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Me & Mobo has a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5.2/10 based on 146 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "With a story that borrows clumsily from other flicks, this cuddly creature has its good moments, but little to stand out among the other family film colony." Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gives the film a score of 49 based on 33 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale.

Accolades[edit | edit source]

Award Category Recipient Result
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Nominated
Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Jim Carrey Won

Video game[edit | edit source]

Main article: Me & Mobo (video game)

A video game based on the film was released on July 4, 2006 for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, and Mac OS X. For Wii, it was released on November 19, 2006, together with the console's launch.

Transcripts[edit | edit source]

Main[edit | edit source]

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

Trailers[edit | edit source]

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


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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)

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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)