Our Featured Flix Program is designed to celebrate must-see movies that are hand-picked by the ShowBiz team. These cinematic tales shine on the big screen, and each movie is selected for its unique story, heartwarming qualities, technological advancements, or because it is a cultural moment.
Illumination has become synonymous with entertaining animation. Super Mario Bros., Despicable Me, and Minions are just a few of the blockbusters the studio has produced, and now they’re soaring into theaters with Migration, a funny, action-packed feathered family vacation perfect for the holiday season.
Written by Mike White, the always hilarious Emmy winning creator of The White Lotus and the screenwriter of School of Rock, the film stars a top-flight comedic cast led by Oscar® and Emmy nominee Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Eternals) as anxious Mallard dad Mack and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect franchises) as Pam, the Mallards’ daring, quick-witted matriarch. With a supporting cast that includes Golden Globe Winner Awkwafina (The Little Mermaid, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings), Oscar® nominee Carol Kane (The Princess Bride), Emmy Winner Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Danny DeVito (Matilda, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Migration is sure to take audiences to new heights with a story that is filled with subversive humor and sheer joy.
The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica.
As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.
Featured FLIX Fact:
Oscar® nominated French animator and director Benjamin Renner took inspiration from particularly expressive animals in the wild in order to develop the film's eccentric characters, and says Little Miss Sunshine, 2007 Best Picture nominee, is the film that inspired the story of Migration.