Although there are exceptions, the assumption generally is that if a film is animated, it's geared toward children. This is especially true for different versions of the art form, like stop-motion animation. While there have been plenty of fantastic family friendly stop-motion movies released, from Wallace and Gromit to Coraline, as the above trailer for Hell & Back demonstrates, there seems to be a new category emerging: Animated movies aimed directly at adults - well immature adults, anyway.
The film seems to hit upon some common staples of the standard animated movie: three friends gain a magical object and are transported on a wild adventure, where they encounter foes and love interests alike. Except this time, it has been given a very hard R rating.
Hell & Back centers on Remy (Nick Swardson) and Augie (T.J Miller), two best friends who set out on a quest to rescue their other friend Curt (Rob Riggle), after they accidentally get him dragged into hell. Along the way they run into very frank fortune tellers, demons, angles, and even the devil himself. A decidedly raunchy comedy, it features both major comedians and big-name actors, including Mila Kunis, Susan Sarandon, Paul Scheer, Michael Peña (Ant-Man), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Danny McBride (This is the End).
Hell & Back is directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman, the latter of whom worked extensively on Robot Chicken. Additionally, there is quite a bit of crossover with the show's production staff, as it is made by the same animation studio. Eric Byler and Alexander Buckley, two of the films producers, also hale from there.
You can check out the poster for Hell & Back, below:
The Hell & Back preview is packed with plenty of foul-mouthed jokes to go along with the misadventures and grotesque high jinks in store for Remy and Augie - all of which are entirely inappropriate for kids. While this profanity-and-innuendo laden fare is pretty typical for R-rated comedies these days, it is interesting to see it rendered on stop-motion characters that look like they could be on a hunt for Santa Claus. All in all, it looks like a promising new film.
That said, the script will have to stand on its own, as the novelty of swearing animated characters may wear thin if there's not a decent story to back it up. Given the talent involved, it will be interesting to see how the movie does, and whether or not Robot Chicken's short-form humor can translate to feature-length fun.
Hell & Back opens in U.S theaters October 9th, 2015.
Source: Yahoo! Movies