The Emoji Movie appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. While attractive, this wasn’t one of the better-looking animated Blu-rays I’ve seen.
Sharpness could be a minor distraction. Though most of the movie displayed solid clarity, a few shots seemed a smidgen soft. These were mild instances, but parts of the image lacked the tightness I expect from Blu-ray.
At least no issues with jaggies or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes were absent. Of course, the image lacked any print flaws; it remained clean at all times.
Colors became a strong element, as the movie went with a somewhat pastel palette, and it displayed consistently vivid hues. Blacks were dense and tight, and shadows were fine. Overall, this was a good enough presentation for a “B+”, but the presentation disappointed compared to the usual “A”-level computer animated effort.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it opened up the film in a satisfying manner. Though the mix didn’t give us wall-to-wall theatrics, it managed to use the spectrum well.
As expected, the film’s occasional action sequences boasted nice breadth and activity. While the soundscape didn’t stun us on a constant basis, it provided more than enough to succeed.
Audio quality seemed consistently solid. Speech appeared natural and distinctive; no edginess or other issues marred the dialogue.
Music sounded warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and accuracy. When necessary, bass response came across as deep and tight. All of this lifted the track to “B+” status.
As we shift to extras, we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director Tony Leondis, head of story Mark Sperber, production designer Carlos Zaragoza, and head of layout James Williams. All four sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, visual design, cinematography and animation.
Overall this becomes a peppy little chat. At times it delves too much into happy talk, but we get a fairly good overview of different production elements. Those help this turn into largely likable track.
A new animated short called Puppy! appears next. It runs five minutes and comes from the Hotel Transylvania universe.
The cartoon uses Adam Sandler and other actors from the movie series, a fact that gives it more zing. Otherwise, it’s pretty forgettable and exists mainly to promote the next Hotel film.
With Jailbreak Decoded: The Untold Story, we find a one-minute, 56-second deleted scene. Presented as a storyreel, it offers a little backstory for the Jailbreak character. It provides a decent bit of exposition but doesn’t add a ton to the role.
The song “Good Vibrations” gets two features: a Dance Along (2:38) and a Lyric Video (3:49). The former shows two kids as they demonstrate Gene’s dance, while the latter combines the song with movie shots and text. Neither adds much.
A game called Gimme A Hand! actually runs as a five-minute, 37-second featurette. In it, we see two kids try to name emojis that appear on screen. This seems like an odd presentation and it doesn’t entertain.
Two How to Draw tutorials appear. Character Andy Bialk teaches us how to sketch Poop (3:35) and Gene (3:17). These clips give us mildly interesting lessons.
A featurette called Meet the Cast goes for six minutes, 45 seconds and offers notes from Leondis and actors TJ Miller, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara, Christina Aguilera and Jake T. Austin. As expected, it looks at cast and characters. I like the handful of shots from the recording booth, but the content lacks substance.
During the six-minute, 24-second Sweet App-etite, we learn how to “make your own Candy Crush Saga cake”. Hi-5 narrates as we walk through methods to decorate a cake ala Candy Crush. It’s another forgettable piece – and the guy who subs for James Corden as Hi-5 doesn’t cut it. He shows up for “Hand!” as well and he’s awful.
Girls Can Code! fills five minutes, 40 seconds and offers an intro from Faris before we meet a mix of young coders and their teachers. I know the show comes with good intentions, but it seems condescending – its attempt to bolster girls in technology instead comes across as patronizing.
After this we find Choreographing Emoji, a three-minute, 33-second piece with Leondis and choreographer Matt Steffanina. We get minor notes about challenges related to the concept of dancing emojis. Though we find a couple of decent facts, the program is too short to tell us much.
Creating the World Inside Your Phone takes up four minutes, 38 seconds and involves Leondis, Zaragoza, and Williams. They offer info about issues related to the movie’s sets. Despite the clips’ brevity, it provides some good material and becomes one of the disc’s few useful featurettes.
With Bringing Emojis to Life, we locate a three-minute, 22-second reel with Leondis, Zaragoza, Williams and visual effects supervisor Dave Smith. As expected, it delivers some details about character design. Like “World”, it works pretty well.
The disc opens with ads for The Star, Hotel Transylvania: The Series, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Swan Princess and Smurfs: The Lost Village.
While not the cinematic abomination many expected, The Emoji Movie never becomes an entertaining effort. It lacks real wit or cleverness, as it simply cobbles together a tiresome tale with easy jokes along the way. The Blu-ray provides largely good picture and audio as well as a large but spotty collection of supplements. Emoji becomes a forgettable animated film.