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The Willoughbys, a feel-good family movie coming to Netflix on April 22

The Willoughbys, a feel-good family movie coming to Netflix on April 22


Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

Netflix’s newest animated movie, The Willoughbys, is based on the children’s book of the same name by Lois Lowry. The book parodies various children’s stories with happy endings, as the Willoughby children seek out their own happy ending — or at “least a satisfyingly maudlin one.”

Watch the trailer for The Willoughbys:

It’s like A Series of Unfortunate Events, but with a dash more optimism baked into the overall message. After the Willoughby children are left alone, a plucky nanny (voiced by Maya Rudolph) comes to take care of them. But with family services on their tail — children need to have parents, they say — the [Willoughbys] are on the run, setting off to find what the true meaning of family is.

Also joining the voice cast are Will Forte, Alessia Cara, Jane Krakowski, Martin Short, Ricky Gervais, and Terry Crews.

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The film is directed by Kris Pearn.

The Willoughbys hits Netflix on April 22.

Netflix is also adapting the Ann M. Martin book series The Baby-Sitters Club as a new TV series.

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