Review of “Boys Go to Jupiter”: An Animated Gem About Oranges, Aliens and the Gig Economy - Latest Global News

Review of “Boys Go to Jupiter”: An Animated Gem About Oranges, Aliens and the Gig Economy

Welcome to the strange world of Boys go to Jupiterwhere aliens hang out with delivery boys, juice factories produce mutated fruit from moon rocks, and funky electronic songs lurk around every corner.

This world is not a new planet or an alternate dimension: it is just a suburb in Florida. But in the hands of director and 3D animator Julian Glander Boys go to JupiterFlorida becomes a strange, magical place where the absurd and the mundane coexist as nonchalant bedfellows. Bizarre, hilarious and with refreshingly different animation, Boys go to Jupiter is a wonderfully absurd experience.


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Photo credit: Tribeca Film Festival

Boys go to Jupiter revolves around high school dropout Billy 5000 (voice: Jack Corbett), who earns $5,000 by delivering food through the app Grubster. Along the way, he befriends Donut, a gelatinous, blue, donut-shaped alien who is hunted by juice magnate Dr. Dolphin (voice: Janeane Garofalo).

The parts are there for a film about a boy who saves an alien, in the style of ETBut Boys go to Jupiter take a quieter, meandering approach. Billy often stumbles upon strange vignettes, including an unexpectedly philosophical encounter with the owner of a roadside hot dog stand or a mini music video about the power of eggs. Glander sticks with these vignettes for a while, painting Billy’s world as a collage of oddities he’d rather avoid altogether, returning to his everyday life.

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Of course, this hard work also brings some setbacks, Boys go to Jupiter takes a decidedly anti-capitalist stance. Small details like the fact that Grubster employees are not allowed to interact with customers and must repeat “sleazy” catchphrases paint Billy’s job as a boring dystopia. Elsewhere, Glander is less subtle, such as when Dr. Dolphin’s daughter, the aspiring radical Rozebud (voice of singer Miya Folick), hands Billy a book about capitalism, which he immediately devours.

Boys go to Jupiter is strange and proud of it.

While Billy exists as a cog in the hustle culture machine, the film he stars in tries to break out of any mold and establish its own individuality. Take the voice cast, for example, which includes unique comedians like Sarah Sherman, Julio Torres, and Cole Escola. Then there’s Glander’s signature animation style, a series of neon CG renderings that range from the chunky to the plastic. Characters and locations resemble toys or video game sets. The intentional artificiality is welcome, creating a sense of play that Boys go to Jupiter apart from other, more photorealistic CG animated films.

Glander builds on his film’s distinctive look with some lo-fi musical numbers, like an ode to side hustles or a catalog of a Florida alien’s favorite specialties. These add to the film’s convoluted quality and make room for distractions that are often unexpected but never unwelcome. While one could complain, Boys go to Jupiter Even if your concentration wanes on the way to your destination, it is still worth making the journey there.

Boys go to Jupiter was reviewed after its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. The release date is yet to be announced.

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