The Big Picture
- Illumination’s latest animated film, Migration, follows a family of ducks who get lost in New York City during their winter trip south.
- The star-studded cast includes Kumail Nanjiani as the dad duck, Elizabeth Banks as the mom duck, and Awkwafina as the leader of a New York pigeon gang.
- The trailer for Migration also features Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of “Out of the Woods” from her album set to release on October 27.
Illumination has hatched a new trailer for Migration, their latest animated offering which will be hitting the skies and heading south for the winter when it hits theaters this Christmas. The film tells the story of a family of ducks who find their winter trip to the South thrown off course, as they find themselves lost in New York City.
The movie focuses on the Mallards, a family of ducks who are stuck in something of a rut. Mack, the dad, is content with their quiet New England pond life, but his wife, Pam, is keen for something fresh. After some persuasion, Mack and Pam decide to take a trip down south for the winter with their kids, Dax and Gwen, aiming for the tropical paradise of Jamaica. However, their journey doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. They encounter various hurdles and obstacles that stand in the way of their dream destination.
The film’s script is penned by Mike White, who recently achieved remarkable success with HBO’s The White Lotus, earning him both writing and directing Emmys. White is also known for writing and starring in the 2003 beloved classic School of Rock. The cast of Migration features Oscar and Emmy nominee Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals, The Big Sick) in the role of Mack, alongside Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Pitch Perfect) portraying Pam. Caspar Jennings and Tresi Gazal provide their voices for the characters Dax and Gwen, with the latter making her feature film debut. Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, The Little Mermaid) joins the ensemble as the leader of a New York pigeon gang, while Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) takes on the role of Erin the heron. The star-studded cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell, and Danny DeVito.
‘Migration’ Debuts a Fresh Spin on an Old Classic
The trailer is also notable for debuting Taylor Swift‘s “Out of the Woods (Taylor’s Version)” which comes from the album “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” set for release on October 27. Swift is re-recording her songs because of a dispute over the ownership of her master recordings. In the music industry, when an artist records music, the master recordings are typically owned by the record label. Taylor Swift was signed to Big Machine Label Group early in her career, and the label owned the master recordings of her first six albums.
In 2019, Taylor Swift’s catalog of master recordings was sold to Scooter Braun‘s company, Ithaca Holdings, which caused significant controversy. Swift expressed her displeasure with this sale, as she had long-standing issues with Braun and felt that her music’s ownership had been transferred without her consent. As a response to this situation and to regain control over her music, Swift decided to re-record her early albums.
Migration flies into theaters on December 22, 2023. Check out the new trailer below: