It also looks like someone at Paramount is in love with Disney’s recent Dumbo teaser and asked for a copy of that: it follows the same general structure – a slow reveal of the film’s main subject with the suggestion of more to come, augmented by an ethereal tune (in Wonder Park’s case, the Louis Armstrong chestnut “What a Wonderful World”). But the similarities end there. The teaser for Dumbo, whether it ends up being a quality film or not, is effective in suggesting that the film contains a larger universe of emotions and stakes; Amusement Park’s teaser is claustrophobic, revealing its biggest trick upfront, with no suggestion of anything interesting to come.
To be perfectly clear, none of this is intended as criticism of the film. It might be a masterpiece for all I know. But the teaser itself is one of the weakest for an animated film in recent memory.
The only mystery at this point about the film is who’s the director. The director of Wonder Park, which was formerly called Amusement Park, had been veteran Pixar animator Dylan Brown, but he was fired in January following an internal studio investigation over allegations of “inappropriate and unwanted conduct.” A new director hasn’t been officially named by the studio.
The voice cast of Wonder Park includes Matthew Broderick, Mila Kunis, Ken Hudson Campbell, Jennifer Garner, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, John Oliver, and Norbert Leo Butz. Actor Jeffrey Tambor was originally announced as part of the cast, but he too was removed after his own series of harassment allegations.
The film’s screenplay is by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, from a story by Appelbaum, Nemec, and Robert Gordon. Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, and Kendra Haaland are producers, and Karen Rosenfelt and Don Hahn are executive producers.
Wonder Park is scheduled for release on March 15, 2019. The vendor studio handling the animation on the film is Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios, which has also made Planet 51 and Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible. They are also animating the films from up-and-coming U.S. independent producer Skydance Animation.