A polar bear named Norm winds up in New York City on a journey to save his Arctic homeland in the first trailer for Lionsgate's Norm of the North, arriving in theaters January 15, 2016. Rob Schneider voices the title character in this stereoscopic 3D animated movie, which tells the story of the titular polar bear and his three Arctic lemming buddies, who are forced out into the world once their icy home begins melting and breaking apart. The animated comedy will go up against 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The 5th Wave, Ride Along 2 and The Nut Job 2 in theaters next year.
A polar bear of many words, Norm's greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do...He heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day. Landing in New York, Norm begins life anew as a performing corporate mascot, only to discover that his new employers are directly responsible for the destruction of his polar home.
The supporting voice cast includes Ken Jeong, Loretta Devine, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Colm Meaney, Gabriel Iglesias and Janet Varney. Trevor Wall makes his feature directorial debut with Norm of the North, after directing several episodes of animated TV shows such as Hero: 108 and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. The script was written by Jack Donaldson and Derek Elliott.
Nicolas Atlan, Ken Katsumoto, Mike Young, Liz Young and Steve Rosen serve as producers on Norm of the North. The project has been in development for the past five years, with Rob Schneider signing on to star way back in July 2010. After a lengthy stretch of development, Norm of the North is finally ready to hit theaters next January.
Do you think this animated comedy has what it takes to bring in the big bucks at the box office next January? As we mentioned before, the movie certainly does have a lot of competition for a mid-January release date, including another animated comedy. We'll have to wait and see how audience members respond to this first footage from this 3D movie for the whole family, so take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think.