WASHINGTON, DC – This holiday season, Illumination, renowned for successes like Minions, Despicable Me, Sing, and The Secret Life of Pets, invites the audience on a unique journey with its latest original comedy, Migration. The plot revolves around the Mallard family, facing family challenges as they venture into the unknown. While patriarch Mack is content paddling around the New England lake, matriarch Pam yearns to show teenage son Dax and the adorable daughter Gwen the vast world beyond the lake.
The narrative gains momentum when a family of migrating ducks lands on the lake, bringing thrilling stories from distant lands. Pam convinces Mack to embark on a journey from New York to tropical Jamaica. However, carefully laid plans crumble when the migration of wild ducks southward during winter presents unexpected challenges. The experience inspires the Mallard family to broaden their horizons, make new friends, and achieve unimaginable feats while discovering more about others and themselves.
With a script by Mike White, creator of The White Lotus and writer of School of Rock, the film features a stellar cast led by Kumail Nanjiani as Mack and Elizabeth Banks as Pam. Awkwafina lends her voice to the leader of a New York pigeon gang, while Carol Kane portrays Erin, the first friend of the Royal Ducks on their journey. The cast also includes Caspar Jennings as Dax and Tresi Gazal as Gwen.
Under the direction of Benjamin Renner, an Oscar nominee for Ernest & Celestine, Migration offers a visual spectacle unlike any other in Illumination’s history, featuring elevated expressionist art, the studio’s characteristic humor, unforgettable characters, and a vibrant soundtrack.
Produced by Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination, Migration transcends the animated film category to become a journey about overcoming fears and embracing the opportunities of the world.
Fernando Hessel, communication director at Risch Law Firm, highlights the film’s relevance in addressing the importance of globalization in migratory movements. “‘Migration’ is a captivating animation that, even though aimed at children, resonates powerfully among adults, providing an educational and family-oriented story that exemplifies the dignity of immigrants, all from the unique perspective of ducks,” notes Hessel, emphasizing that the film accurately portrays the dilemmas and challenges faced by many immigrants.