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Gabriel and the Wacky Pack is a 2011 American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Geo LTD. Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, and loosely based on The Wacky Pack comic book series created by Geo G. The 38th Geo LTD. feature film, it was directed by Jeff Fowler, co-directed by Geo, and written by Erica Rivinoja, Kevin and Dan Hageman. It stars the voices of Zachary Gordon, Geo G., E.G. Daily, Nicky Jones, Jake T. Austin, Jenny Slate, Sarah Jessica Parker, Nick Offerman, Amanda Bynes, and Alan Tudyk.

The film held its world premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre on October 21, 2011, and was released in the United States on November 27, 2011. It received generally positive reviews from fans and critics, who praised its humor and character development. It was also a box office success, grossing over $439 million in the United States and $538 million worldwide. As with most Geo LTD. films, it launched a franchise with a series of films, including the sequel Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 2 in 2014, and another sequel, Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 3, is scheduled for release in 2017. A television series is planned for 2018.

Plot

On an ordinary day, Roge, Leno, Cole, and three Lars (Ted, John and Cody) are off at the top of a cell tower in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, to take a "cell tower surfing" photo. Suddenly, the surfboard that Roge, Leno, Cole, John and Cody are on starts to move slowly to the edge, and begins to surf in the air. Their brother and scientist Loy helps them jump ship.

After the Wacky Pack interrupts a meeting with his wild antics, Loy has a talk with his brother Roge and his partner Gabriel, and tells thenmif Gabriel and the Wacky Pack just goof off. Gabriel and Roge ignore their advises and have fun with Leno and Cole. That same day, Roge meets a new yet imaginary girl named Blues.

That night, Gabriel and his gang throw a massive party in his room; all the imaginary friends including the lars are there except Loy, who is making a invention in his lab. Roge is assigned his shift along with him, but he talks himself out of it, saying that he is needed for a certain role in the midnight party room. Loy talks with Roge and says that he was called by people the "coolest scientist in the world". Roge is given the privilege to party out, and the thankful brother runs to Gabriel's room. Gabriel and the trio become "drunk" from partying around, and they fall asleep in Gabriel's room, experiencing hangover-like symptoms the morning afterwards.

The next morning, Gabriel wakes up and his mother Christine tells him that he should have slept a little earlier. At school, Gabriel tries to stay focused, but initially to no avail.

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Cast

Further information: List of The Wacky Pack characters

Additional voices

Production

Geo G. first pitched an idea for a Wacky Pack film in 2002. On May 7, 2008, it was announced that a 3D computer-animated feature film based on the comic book series is being developed by Geo LTD. Animation, with Jeff Fowler directing from the screenplay by Erica Rivinoja, Kevin and Dan Hageman. Ben Waisbren, Teresa Cheng, and Michael Wildshill produced the film while Geo G. would co-direct with Fowler.

Originally titled The Wacky Pack Movie, it was scheduled for a 2010 release. In February 2010, Geo LTD. confirmed that the film, retitled Gabriel and the Wacky Pack, was currently in production. It was also announced that Zachary Gordon would star as Gabriel Garza in the film. J. David Stem and David N. Weiss did an uncredited rewrite of the script.

Glass Ball Productions was initially involved in the film but was not listed as an involved division when billing was released by Universal. Glass Ball was uncredited, though.

Release

Gabriel and the Wacky Pack was originally slated for a release on May 6, 2011, while BJ and Wally Go Around the World was scheduled for release on November 23, 2011. However, in September 2009, Geo LTD. Animation announced that Gabriel and the Wacky Pack would be released in fall 2011, while BJ and Wally Go Around the World was pushed back for a spring 2011 release. Contrary to speculation, co-director Geo G. reasoned that the film, animated at Blur Animation Workshop in Culver City, would have an easier task to stand out around the holiday season, while BJ and Wally Go Around the World, animated in-house at the main GLA headquarters in Los Angeles, was to try to take advantage of a less competitive spring release window and repeat successful spring launches of some of GLA's films animated at the main Los Angeles studio including Dot Box and Woo La La. On April 12, 2011, Universal Pictures announced that the release date would be moved up to Sunday, November 27, 2011 from its previously scheduled slot of November 23, 2011, in order to avoid competition with The Muppets and Arthur Christmas.

The world premiere of Gabriel and the Wacky Pack took place on October 21, 2011, at TCL Chinese Theatre. The theatrical release was accompanied by Blur Studio's 2004 Academy Award-nominated short film Gopher Broke.

Marketing

Several merchandise were made for Gabriel and the Wacky Pack, such as toys and figurines. Universal teamed up with several major companies to promote the film, including McDonald's, who included 8 toys in their Happy Meals featuring the main characters, and Airheads, who made limited-edition flavors "Lar Flavor" and "The Wacky Pack's Strawberry Taste".

Home media

Gabriel and the Wacky Pack was released in the United States and Canada on DVD and Blu-ray on March 12, 2012, with a standalone single-disc DVD release being released on that same day. The United Kingdom release date was April 19, 2012, and the Australian release date was May 23, 2012. In addition to Gopher Broke, the release includes a new short film, titled How Gabriel Met Gabriela.

Gabriel and the Wacky Pack is available in 4 different packages: a 4-disc "Wacky Edition" combination package (3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy), a 3-disc "Wacky Edition" combination package (Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy), a 2-disc "Wacky Edition" combination package (DVD and Digital Copy), and a single disc DVD. The "Digital Copy" included with the 3-disc combination package is a separate disc that allows users to download a copy of the film to a computer through iTunes or Windows Media Player software. The 3-disc combination package also comes with an hour of bonus features.

The film was re-issued on Blu-ray and DVD on October 5, 2014. It includes a movie ticket to its sequel Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 2.

Video game

A video game based on the film was published by Activision and released on November 22, 2011, for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360.

Soundtrack

Main article: Gabriel and the Wacky Pack/Soundtrack

On June 16, 2010, it was announced that composer Heitor Pereira would compose the film's music. Geo LTD. Records released the soundtrack album on November 15, 2011.

Reception

Critical reception

Gabriel and the Wacky Pack has received positive reviews from critics. Based on 87 reviews, the film holds a 94% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus stating "Gabriel and the Wacky Pack is an fun masterpiece for the whole family". On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has an average score of 62 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Box office

The film grossed $68,368,836 on it's opening weekend, being released in 4,200 theaters, leaving it #2 during the weekend behind The Muppets. The film grossed $445,627,853 in North America and $84,942,573 in other countries, with a total gross of $389,300,952 worldwide, making the film a box office success.

Accolades

Award Category/Recipient(s) Result
Annie Awards Best Animated Feature Nominated
Voice Acting in a Feature Production (Geo G.)
Character Design In an Animated Film (Craig Kellman)
Directing in a Feature Production (Jeff Fowler)
Music in a Feature Production (Heitor Pereira)
Production Design in a Feature Production (Geo G.)
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Feature
Best Animated Female (Jenny Slate)
BAFTA Awards Best Animated Film
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Animated Film
Golden Globe Awards Best Animated Feature Film
Kids Choice Awards Favorite Animated Movie Won
Favorite Buttkicker (Zachary Gordon) Nominated
Peoples Choice Awards Favorite Family Movie
Satellite Awards Best Animated or Mixed Media Film
Saturn Awards Best Animated Film
Nix Kid Pix Awards Best Animated Film
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Animated film
Women Film Critics Circle Best Animated Females Won

Sequels

Main article: Gabriel and the Wacky Pack (franchise)

Because of its critical and commercial success, Gabriel and the Wacky Pack had launched a franchise. The first sequel, titled Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 2, was released on November 21, 2014. It was directed again by Jeff Fowler with co-direction by Geo G., written by Geo, Erica Rivinoja, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, and produced by Teresa Cheng, Michael Wildshill, and John Cohen. Zachary Gordon, Geo G., E.G. Daily, Nicky Jones, and Jake T. Austin reprised their roles as Gabriel, Roge, Leno, Cole and Loy, respectively. New cast members include Isla Fisher as Lily Stampla, Zac Efron as Lester Stampla, Rob Corddry as Mr. Leek and Jonathan Morgan Heit as Jan Soto.

On July 15, 2014, Geo LTD. announced a planned third film, titled Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 3, to follow Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 2, with a release date set for November 26, 2017.

Television series

Main article: Gabriel and the Wacky Pack: The Series

Other media

Media

Main article: Gabriel and the Wacky Pack (manga)

In August 2012, a manga version of Gabriel and the Wacky Pack was made by Hiromi Yamafuji and distributed in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Rival magazine in Japan; the manga was published in English by Tokyopop.

Television shorts

Main article: Gabriel and the Wacky Pack Shorts

In 2012, Geo LTD. created a series of shorts known as "Gabriel and the Wacky Pack Shorts" which were used as interstitials on NBC and Cartoon Network. They did not necessarily follow the continuity from Gabriel and the Wacky Pack, taking place before, during and after the events of the first film. They were aired roughly around the time of Gabriel and the Wacky Pack's release to DVD and Blu-ray.

Television specials

Main article: List of Gabriel and the Wacky Pack Television Specials


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Geo LTD.
Films:
Geo's Funny Book Stories (1973) • The Missing Adventures of Geo Guy (1979) • The Crazy Lalo Madness (1980) • Spiffed (1981) • The Dark Red Eye (1982) • Zane the Cool Kid (1983) • Zane the Cool Kid 2: Life Rocks (1987) • Goois (1988) • The Orange Spaceship (1989) • City of Aliens (1990) • The Green House (1991) • Zane the Cool Kid 3: Back in a Cool and Awesome Kid (1992) • Lo and the Short Island (1993) • Escape from Creepy Land (1994) • Rise, Fall, Revenge and Attack of the Dark Creatures (1995) • Paint World (1996) • Sky Island (1997) • Matt and Jeff (1998) • Lollos (2002) • Geo: The Greatest Movie Ever (2002) • Blue Ball (2003) • How Frogs Go to London (2005) • BJ and Wally (2006) • The 10 Feet (2007) • The World Invasion (2008) • BJ and Wally: FusionMania (2008) • Woo La La (2009) • Swapped (2009) • Dot Box (2010) • BJ and Wally Go Around the World (2011) • Chicken and Hen (2012) • Dot Box 2 (2012) • Zane the Cool Kid (2012) • Quest (2013) • Dot Box 3 (2013) • The Graffiti Brothers (2014) • Hatty (2015) • Quest 2 (2016) • Evolupia (2016) • The World of Bono (2017) • Woo La La 2 (2018) • Quest 3 (2019)
Produced with Blur Animation Workshop:
Lost in a City (1999) • The Nut Box (2001) • Computerpolis (2004) • Metal Mike (2006) • Computerpolis 2 (2007) • Computerpolis 3 (2010) • Gabriel and the Wacky Pack (2011) • Geo (2013) • Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 2 (2014) • Geo 2 (2015) • Imaginary Animals (2017) • Gabriel and the Wacky Pack 3 (2017) • Geo 3 (2018) • Computerpolis 4 (2018) • Fuzzies (2019) • Imaginary Animals 2 (2020)
Produced under VerniX Animation Studios:
MYCUN (2015) • 3 Simple Doods and 1 Simple Doodette (2017) • MYCUN 2 (2018) • Cool Spot (2018) • Little Guys (2019) • Rage Comics (2019) • 3 Simple Doods 2 (2020) • Castle (2021)
Other films:
Tony: The Movie (2000) • The Sentinel (2020)
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