Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie is a 2019 American animated musical comedy feature film based on the animated television series of the same name developed by Emily Brundige for DreamWorks Animation Television. It is the first theatrical Warner Bros. musical film to be 2D animated since Quest for Camelot. The film takes place after the season two finale and it is also the first theatrical animated film based on the series to be produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Harvey Films. The film was released theatrically in movie theaters for the United States and Canada on September 20, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures. This makes it the first and only theatrical Harvey Street Kids film to hit the big screen, which will lead up to the season three premiere of the show. In theaters, an Ozzy & Drix short entitled The Case of the Pox was shown prior to the film.

The film stars Lauren Lapkus, Stephanie Lemelin and Kelly McCreary, alongside an ensemble cast reprising their roles from the television series. They are joined by new characters voiced by Nick Kroll, Josh Gad, Ian Hecox, Eden Riegel, Anthony Padilla, Bruce Willis, Elizabeth Banks, Nancy Cartwright, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Collin Dean, Holly Hunter, Dan Castellaneta, Steve Whitmire and T.J. Miller.

The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed over $310 million worldwide against a $95 million budget, making it the fifth highest-grossing animated film based on a television series, behind The Simpsons MovieThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of WaterMr. Peabody and Sherman, and The Rugrats Movie, as well as the fifth highest-grossing 2D-animated film not released by Disney (behind The SimpsonsSponge Out of WaterThe Prince of Egypt, and Rugrats).

Plot

Audrey, Dot, Lotta, and the rest of the characters on Harvey Street make their big screen debut. The film follows three girls, Audrey, Lotta and Dot, where they meet Josh Farso, Kiwi Farso and Blumb Farso, and the new kids, Violet, Barry and Max, as they team up to challenge the evil rich businessman Mr. Farso (who is also the father of Josh, Kiwi and Blumb) and his henchcat Katnip, in order to stop them from planning to demolish Harvey Street to converting it into a huge hotel resort complex called "Farsort" (a combination between "Farso" and "resort").

Voice cast

Main Characters

  • Lauren Lapkus as Lotta
  • Stephanie Lemelin as Audrey
  • Kelly McCreary as Dot

Guest Stars

  • Nick Kroll as Mr. Farso
  • Josh Gad as Katnip
  • Ian Hecox as Josh Farso
  • Eden Riegel as Kiwi Farso
  • Anthony Padilla as Blumb Farso
  • Bruce Willis as Thomas Buckleson
  • Elizabeth Banks as Jenny Buckleson
  • Nancy Cartwright as Violet Buckleson
  • Jeremy Ray Taylor as Barry Buckleson
  • Collin Dean as Max Buckleson
  • Holly Hunter as Gidget
  • Dan Castellaneta as Keraner
  • Steve Whitmire as Bernie
  • T.J. Miller as Milo Detweiler

Recurring Characters

  • Atticus Shaffer as Melvin
  • Danny Pudi as Tiny
  • Grey Griffin as Lucretia / Frufru / The Harvey Street Bow (usually abbreviated as just "The Bow")
  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Fredo
  • Jennifer Garner as Audrey's Mom
  • Chris Miller as Audrey's Dad
  • Roger Craig Smith as Pinkeye / Bobby the Elder
  • Jamaal Hepburn as Gerald
  • Cree Summer as Zoe
  • Wendy Schaal as Martha
  • Kevin Michael Richardson as Charles (Dot's Father)
  • Anika Noni Rose as Franny (Dot's Mother)
  • Chelsea Peretti as Maria
  • John Ratzenberger as Lotta's Dad
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez as Lotta's Mom
  • Lori Alan as Mayor Natalie
  • Eddie Murphy as Mr. Barkley
  • Rupert Everett as Deep Voice
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rasta Guy
  • Nat Faxon as Stu
  • Ken Marino as Head of Security
  • Jack Quaid as Richie Rich
  • Scarlett Johansson as Reporter
  • Anna Camp as Chevron
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Raccoons
  • Chris Diamantopoulos as Additional voices
  • Joey McIntyre, Nick Lachey, Joey Fatone, and Shawn Stockman as Crush4U

Production

The film was announced on November 19, 2018 and its release date of September 20, 2019 was also announced, with the show's cast reprising their roles. A month later, the film's title and teaser poster debuted, and it was announced that Nick Kroll and Josh Gad had joined the cast. The film marks the ninth time a theatrical Warner Bros. Animation film isn't produced by Warner Animation Group since the group's formation in 2013.

On May 13, 2019, it was announced that actor Ian Hecox and actress Eden Riegel were part of the cast, as the new characters Josh and Kiwi Farso, respectively, with Anthony Padilla revealed as Blumb Farso the same day.

Animation

The feature animation was handled by Digital eMation in Seoul, South Korea. The crew used the same processes from the original television series in the making of the film, most notably the 'skroutlines', which was a seamless blend of a more traditional screenplay with a more simple outline which resembled strong short stories and gave the storyboard artists such as Andrew Marshel, Amie Pantle, and Adam Rosette all the creative and aesthetic freedom neccessary. Ruegger and Spielberg themselves provided the film's animatics.

Famed comic book artists John Byrne, Frank Quitely and Brian Michael Bendis, and animation veterans Sarah Airriess, Merritt F. Andrews and Debra Armstrong also provided the film's storyboards. Jo Ann Breuer helped on the character designs and special effects work on the film. Another animation veteran Rolando Angelo also worked with Emily Brundige on the character designs of the film.

The bulk of the animation work was done on Wacom Cintiq tablets, which allowed drawings to be done directly on screen to facilitate production using programs Toonz, DigiCel FlipBook and Toon Boom Studio. Pencilled key animation sequences would be digitally inked-and-painted, enhanced and composited into backgrounds using Toon Boom Harmony. Additional pre-production work was done at Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank, California. Animation and clean-up work was done at Digital eMation's facilities on Seoul. The final animation was also provided by NE4U in South Korea. Computer animation was done at Munich Animation Film in Munich, Germany, with 2D composite and visual effects done by Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa, Canada.

Sound and music

Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty composed the soundtrack for the film with Taylor Swift and John Legend serving as the soundtrack producers. In addition to using the original series' music work from Jay Vincent on the film, he also composed themes for each Harvey Street Kids operative. The BFF's musical score was the major focus and he also composed themes for the rest of the characters on Harvey Street and some new characters. The music score was recorded and mixed at Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage in Burbank. The score is orchestrated and conducted by Fred Kron.

The sound design work was done at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California and Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank, California.

Rating

Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie is Rated PG for Parental Guidance.

Genre

Animation | Musical | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Release

Theatrical run

The film was released theatrically in movie theaters for the United States and Canada on September 20, 2019, by Warner Bros. Pictures, on the same year as Warner Bros. Animation's previous film Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: A Star is Born!. The film was presented in a 1.85:1 format, rather than Warner Animation Group's standard 2.39:1 format on its previous titles. The film's theatrical release was preceded by The Case of the Pox, a short film based on the animated television series Ozzy & Drix.

Home media

Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie was released on Digital on December 3, 2019 and Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K-Ultra HD on December 24, 2019, by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It contains an Ozzy & Drix short film The Case of the Pox, the 18-minute featurette,  the documentary Behind the BFFs: The Making of Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie, featuring interviews with most of the cast and crew, animatics, the audio commentaries and a sneak peek of Chuck's Choice: The Movie.

Reception

Box office

Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie has grossed $101 million in the United States and Canada, and $209 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $310 million, against a production budget of $95 million.

In the United States and Canada, Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie was released alongside Ad Astra, and was initially projected to gross around $100 million from 5,000 theaters in its opening weekend, with a chance to go as high as $100 million. Therefore, Harvey Street Kids: A Really Big Movie was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $310 million worldwide, making it the second non-Disney animated film and so far, the first non-DreamWorks animated film to gross over $100 million in the United States since The Rugrats Movie and Despicable Me, and also making it the fifth highest-grossing hand-drawn animated film of 2019 and the highest-ever grossing film based on an animated television series.

Critical response

Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 88% approval rating based on the 96 positive reviews, and its average rating is 6.75/10. The critical consensus reads, "A musical movie like this one will always be with us all, although the plot didn't seem to make that much sense. But, it's a pretty great movie." Metacritic, assigns the film a score of 65 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". CinemaScore gives the film an "B+" on its A+ to F scale.

Trivia

  • This is the first ever feature film of the series.
  • This is the first animated Harvey Street Kids movie to hit theaters.
  • The movie is Rated PG.
  • This was one of the successful films of 2019.
  • This is Warner Bros. Animation’s fourth theatrical animated film of all time, after "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm" released 26 years prior, "Tiny Toon Adventures: The Motion Picture" released 3 years prior and ''Teen Titans Go! To the Movies'' released a year before.
  • This is the next theatrical 2D animated movie in 21 years after Quest for Camelot (1998), 20 years after The Iron Giant (1999) and 16 years after Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003).
    • Although, Looney Tunes: Back in Action is a live-action/animated hybrid movie, and it was released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • This marks as Warner Bros.' next 2D animated theatrical film. Warner Bros. had its original feature animation division, which produced 2D animated films.
  • Before the movie, a short film called "The Case of the Pox" based on the animated television series Ozzy & Drix was played.
  • This is Warner Animation Group's next film to be produced at 1.85:1 and Warner Bros.' next animated film to be produced at 1.85:1 after The Ant Bully (2006), Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) and Steven Universe: The Movie (2019).
  • This is Warner Animation Group's thirty-third traditionally animated film.
  • This is Warner Bros.' thirty-third traditionally animated film to be released theatrically, after ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'' released 15 years prior.
  • This is Josh Gad's second Warner Bros. animated film, after "Codename: Kids Next Door - Operation: M.O.T.I.O.N.-P.I.C.T.U.R.E." released 4 years prior.
  • This is the twenty-second theatrical Warner Bros. film to rely solely on hand-drawn animation mixed with CGI animation instead of Flash animation.
  • The film was animated by Digital eMation and NE4U, with additional animation done at Munich Animation Film and 2D composite and visual effects done by Mercury Filmworks.
  • This is Eddie Murphy and Rupert Everett's third animated film together, after Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007).
  • This is the 2nd collaboration between Atticus Shaffer, Eden Riegel, Dee Bradley Baker and Grey Griffin. Their first was Ford Riley's The Lion Guard (which premiered on January 15, 2016 on Disney Junior and ended on November 3, 2019).
  • This is Anika Noni Rose and Kevin Michael Richardson's second traditionally animated film together, after The Princess and the Frog (2009).
  • The film bears a few similarities to Nickelodeon's 2002 animated film, Hey Arnold!: The Movie.
  • The film also marks Warner Bros. Animation's first co-production with Harvey Films.
  • This is the sixth Warner Bros. animated film to be released in September, after "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi 2" released 13 years prior, ''Storks'' released 3 years prior, ''The Lego Ninjago Movie'' released 2 years prior and "WordGirl: The Movie" and ''Smallfoot'' both released a year before.
  • This is Elizabeth Banks and Bruce Willis' second Warner Animation Group film together, after "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" released this year.
  • On a red background, we see the 2018 Warner Bros. Animation logo, but Daffy Duck (from Looney Tunes Cartoons) opens the shield and does crazy stuff, until Audrey Smith (from Harvey Girls Forever!) opens the shield and grabs Daffy Duck and pulls him away. Audrey Smith closes the shield.

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