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First 'Ron's Gone Wrong' Trailer Lands

When Disney bought 20th Century Fox they inherited the projects at that studio that were in progress at the time. Unfortunatley, in some cases- such as Blue Sky's Nimona, the project has subsequently been cancelled by the new owners. One animated film that has remained on their schedule, despite pandemic related delays is a little film by the name of Ron's Gone Wrong.

Ron's Gone Wrong is the first movie produced by Locksmith Animation, the London-based studio co-founded by Arthur Christmas director Sarah Smith. The first trailer has finally arrived.

The film follows a socially-akward middleschooler named Barney, who is given an advanced robot called a B-Bot for his birthday. Only this particular Robot-(who is named Ron, of course) malfunctions. 20th Century Studios described the film:

20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation’s “Ron’s Gone Wrong” is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his “Best Friend out of the Box.” Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.

Due to its focus on modern technology it will ineveitably draw comparisons with Sony's recent Mitchells Vs The Machines. Ron's Gone Wrong looks like a much more traditional and conventional affair, however. The animation style isn't anything particularly new or novel on first look either. It would of course be totally unfair to write the movie off based on this small amount of footage- trailers can often be deceptive. 

What gives us reason to be optimistic is that Aardman-veteran Smith is directing and co-writing the film. Smith's co-director Jean-Philippe Vine has worked also on Aardman projects, as well as Pixar and Disney features. Smith's co-writer Peter Baynham is a UK comedy vetran whose credits include both Borat movies, Alan Partridge, Brass Eye and Arthur Christmas. There's some impressive talent in the voice cast as well, including Olivia Colman, Rob Delaney, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

Ron's Gone Wrong is scheduled for cinema release this October.