Home (also known as Almost Home in the working title) is a 2015 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Loosely based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday, the film was directed by Tim Johnson from a screenplay by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember and stars the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones. The film itself premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival on March 7, 2015 and was released in theaters on March 27, 2015.
A Netflix original series was released on July 29, 2016 that takes place after the events of the film. It uses hand-drawn animation and none of the original cast (except Jones) reprised their roles.
After a hive-minded alien race called the Boov conquer the Earth, they relocate the planet's human population -- all except for a little girl named Tip (Rihanna), who's managed to hide from the aliens. When Tip meets a fugitive Boov called Oh (Jim Parsons), there's mutual distrust. However, Oh is not like his comrades; he craves friendship and fun. As their distrust fades, the pair set out together to find Tip's mother, but, unbeknown to them, the Gorg -- enemies of the Boov -- are en route.
- It is somewhat immature and childish. In fact, the film is also rather very generic, featuring clichés such as an outcast being rejected by this society.
- In one scene, Oh sings "The Boov Death Song", which is terrible and rather irritating.
- The Boov are unlikable for being mean-spirited to Oh. It is understandable that they dislike him, the reason why they are like this is because they never show any care.
- It has many cringeworthy jokes, such as when Oh says "Do not drink the lemonade!".
- The voice acting is pretty weak, with Jim Parsons overacting with obnoxious whimsical inflictions, and Rihanna just underacting.
- On the notes of that, Jim Parsons' voice is distorted for the whole movie until the ending.
- Captain Smek is a horrible and generic villain.
- The Gorg's language is unknown, so you can't understand what they say.
- Laughable and silly quotes, such as "You are a terrible driver!", "The internet does not lie!" and the quote in BQ#4.
- Amazing soundtrack by Lorne Balfe and Stargate.
- Oh (the protagonist), Tip, Lucy (Tip's mom), and Pig (Tip and Lucy's cat) are likable/decent characters.
- The animation is great, which is another major step-up from DreamWorks.
- Some several funny moments here and there.
- The "Boov Death Song" and "Motionless and Obedient" can come across as unintentionally funny to some.
- Steve Martin gives off a pretty decent performance as Captain Smek.
- The "Dancing in the Dark" is a catchy song.
Home received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 51%, based on 131 reviews, with an average rating of 5.42/10. The site's consensus reads, "Colorful, silly, and utterly benign, Home is a passable diversion, but there's no shortage of superior animated alternatives.". On Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating, the film has a score of 55 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
- This was the first DreamWorks Movie to release only 1 film in a single year, since 2009.
- In the BBC One print, instead of the correct 20th Century Fox logo, the Paramount Pictures logo is shown, even though DreamWorks Animation leaves Paramount for 20th Century Fox as distributor in 2012.