Some of the best animated films have been inspired by fairy tales, ancient Greek fables or mythology. Now comes one clearly inspired by, of all people, David Mamet.
The creators of “The Boss Baby ” have obviously been mining the playwright’s gritty, foul-mouthed “Glengarry Glen Ross” to build the title character, a ruthless, capitalist-minded newborn with pupils the size of saucers who insists that “Cookies are for closers.”
To make the connection even firmer, they’ve hired Alec Baldwin to voice the baby, reprising in cartoon version his motivational speaker from hell from the 1992 film version of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” The baby is also drawn in Baldwin’s black suit and tie with a gold watch and slicked-back hair.
The casting and homage to Mamet’s snarling, soulless character is funny indeed but seems somewhat outsized in this sweet film, overpowering its understated humour and terrific animation. Altogether, it sometimes seems like “The Boss Baby” was a really good 20-minute short film that became stretched out like a piece of gum until the taste grew stale.
An army of animators — no, really, the endless end credits are staggering to sit through — have been employed to make a 12-course banquet out of a whimsical board book by Marla Frazee, which introduced the suit-wearing toddler. Onscreen, alternate realities mix with several exciting chase sequences, Elvis…
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