When I was a little girl I didn’t fit in. My voice never sounded like some people thought it should. The way I looked and the things I liked weren’t in keeping with stereotypes. There were many times I felt like an outsider. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that I was bullied by older students in high school for not fitting the mold. Thankfully as an adult I don’t have any issues with friendships.
DreamWorks Animation has a movie called HOME coming out on March 27th where an alien misfit named Oh becomes friends with a young girl who has been left behind when the Boov alien race take over most of Earth.
My children and I were invited to see the movie and I was given the opportunity to interview Jim Parsons (voice of Oh), Rihanna (voice of Tip), Steve Martin (voice of Captain Smek) and Director Tim Johnson ahead of the film’s release. This event was courtesy of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.
Watch the trailer for HOME to start the laughs before you get to the movie theater
The actors and director sat down and answered questions on a variety of topics from the technology the movie used while filming to interesting parties the actors had as a child. And even what their favorite app is on their phone. Rihanna is a fan of Square Ready and Jim Parsons likes Candy Crush.
One thing that was hard to ignore was the four of them played off each other. Rihanna and Jim Parsons were like brother and sister joking around. It was one of my favorite press days. Of course the movie was discussed too.
I liked hearing about the last minute changes to the movie that had taken place about six weeks before the press day. And the behind the scenes chat about some parts of the movie were interesting to hear.
Especially when they discussed the Boov Death March Oh sings. It turns out, the original version Jim Parsons sang was so melodic they couldn’t use it. Tim Johnson wanted an awful sounding song. Here’s what they had to say:
Mr. Tim Johnson: I mean right away. And so, I like to think of Home as a non-musical musical. The characters don’t burst into song and sing.
Mr. Steve Martin: Well, wait a minute. Wait a minute. There’s the “Boov Death Song”.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Steve’s right.
Mr. Steve Martin: Yes.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Which I wrote the first version of.
Mr. Tim Johnson: He was the author of. Well, you know, the story–.
Mr. Jim Parsons: –I don’t remember it. But, I wrote it.
Mr. Tim Johnson: You are credited.
Mr. Jim Parsons: With my mouth. I am?
Mr. Tim Johnson: Have you seen the end credits?
Ms. Rihanna: Yes. You are.
Mr. Tim Johnson: It said “Boov Death Song” by Jim Parsons. But the funny story there is the “Boov Death Song”, and I said–he–Jim goes, well, what is the “Boov Death Song”? And I said, I just want you to make it up.
And he startled and took a deep breath. And then he sang this beautiful song with like a melody.
Mr. Jim Parsons: Now’s Grammy nominated.
Mr. Tim Johnson: And I went, actually, no, I need you to be really bad. And he just said, oh, I get it now.
If your kids are big fans of movie printables, check out these games and crafts for the movie HOME!