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Home is a 2015 computer-animated feature film from DreamWorks Animation directed by Tim Johnson, based on the 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. The film is about an endearing but inept race of aliens called the Boov who invade Earth in order to take cover from their alien enemies and move the human race to Australia to live in pre-fabricated cities while the Boov take the rest of the world. After one hapless Boov accidentally transmits the Boov's location, he goes on the run from the rest of the Boov and runs into a young Human girl called Tip who's searching for her mother. A short film Almost Home was released in front of both Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Rio 2, detailing the events before the start of the movie proper.

The film stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film was warmly-received by the general public. The film became a box office success, grossing $386 million worldwide against it's $135 million budget.

See Almost Home here. Here is the first official trailer for Home.

In July 2016, a sequel series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh premiered on Netflix


Home provides examples of:

  • Accidental Kidnapping: Captain Smek took a rock from the Gorg, which turns out to contain the next generation of his race.
  • Accidental Truth: To get the other Boov to move out of his way, Captain Smek says that he's carrying a baby. We later learn his shusher's rock is an incubator.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: The book The True Meaning of Smekday has a century-long Time Skip at the end where Tip suddenly dies of old age during the unveiling of the time capsule. The film adaptation completely throws this out in favor of a happy ending, and Tip lives.
  • Adorkable:
    • Tip. She’s a big nerd. The whole "teaching Oh jokes" solidifies her as one. She also proudly says more than once to Oh, that she got an A in geometry.
    • Oh is goofy, clumsy, and has weird speech patterns.
  • Adult Fear: Tip's entire predicament. Imagine one day, you and your child are separated by forces beyond your control. Those said forces take you away and your child manages to not get caught. You're left wondering if they are safe or dead. Incidentally, this is also the Gorg's motivation.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • Only three Boov are referred to by name: Oh, Captain Smek, and Kyle.
    • Several one-shot Boovs have names like Tony.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Played with in regards to the Boov. They were only looking for a place to call home, but in doing so they deprived other species of their homes.
  • All the Other Reindeer:
    • After moving from Barbados to America, Tip was treated different from other kids and had trouble fitting in.
    • Oh is so disliked among his people, his name was the way people reacted to his presence. An annoyed, exasperated "Oh..." sound.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Gorg super chip, which supercharges any device it's plugged into.
  • Argument of Contradictions: Oh and Captain Smek have one of these over whether or not Oh would make another mistake. Smek decides it's so fun that they keep doing it for a while before he finally gets fed up with it and decides he should just erase Oh, though he doesn't get the chance.
  • Benevolent Alien Invasion: The Boov are told by Smek that this is what they're doing, and to be fair they don't cause any harm on purpose. It should also be noted that it really is benevolent compared to most invasions in such stories.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Boov have six legs each, change colors when experiencing different emotions, discharge gas from appendages that grow out of their head (which also seem to be their noses), have flexible skulls, can eat almost anything, and apparently have a third form of waste disposal. And they have two uvulas.
  • Brick Joke:
    • During a "pee break," Oh takes a bite out of a urinal cake, thinking it's a "blue mint." When the rest stop is blown up, a urinal crashes to the ground a short distance away, followed by a urinal cake with a bite taken out of it.
    • Tip hit a Boov with a booby trap that covered him in glitter, and he still has it on during the Dance Party Ending.
    • In addition to going "Number One" and "Number Two" like humans, the Boov also go "Number Three". The events of the climax almost make Oh go Number Three.
    • One of the Brain Boov suggests Playing Possum to ward off the Gorg. Even at the end, she's still pretending to be dead.
    • Oh invited the entire galaxy to his party. Which is why the Dance Party Ending includes species we've never seen arriving on Earth.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Oh's descriptions of the components he rejects for salvaging from the Gorg ship range from "broken" and "useless" to "likely to cause thermonuclear fusion". Tip is appropriately concerned by that last one.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Discussed. After almost being crushed by the Gorg ship during the climax, Oh says the fear almost caused him to go Number Three.
  • Broken Pedestal: Oh idolizes Captain Smek, even though the guy's an egomaniac and a complete moron and looks down on Oh for not being successfully socialized and believing in things like friendship and individuality. Tip's influence gradually helps Oh figure that Captain Smek doesn't need to be listened to.
  • Buddy Picture: Most of the film focuses on Oh and Tip's journey to Paris, and then Australia, to find Tip's mom.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: Oh appears to be crushed by the Gorg mothership, but is spared because that particular portion was hollow.
  • Central Theme: Finding your home. Family is another.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Oh reflects light off a mirror to distract Tip early on. This comes in handy later when Tip uses it to distract the Gorg driving the Mothership, using the mirror that was supposed to be her mom's Christmas present.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Tip (green), Oh (Blue), Captain Smek (red), Pig (yellow), Kyle (orange) and Lucy (purple); as seen here.
  • Color Coded Emotions:
    • The Boov change colors to reflect emotions. Red is anger, yellow is fear, orange is happiness, blue is sadness, and pink seems to be affection. In addition, they turn green when they lienote .
  • Color Failure: The Boov turn white when extremely shocked, as opposed to yellow for merely scared.
  • Conscience Makes You Go Back: Played with, Oh has a minor Heroic B.S.O.D. when he tries to get Tip to go onto the Boov dropship to save her and fails before going himself. He does return, though. However, if he hadn't gone, the Boov mothership would have been destroyed by the Gorg, killing all the Boov and the Gorg likely would have destroyed Earth out of spite.
  • Cool Car: Oh makes a few modifications to Tip's car so it can fly, which apparently made it semi-sentient, as it's expression is shown to change occasionally.
  • Dance Party Ending: The films ends with Tip, Oh, Lucy, the Boovs, and some of their human friends dancing with each other, along with the Gorg and several species of aliens we're unfamiliar with in the space around Earth.
  • Deadly Euphemism: After his bungling threatens to bring the Gorg to Earth, the other Boov threaten Oh with being "erased".
  • Death Glare: Tip gives a pretty nasty glare to Oh when he tries to ditch her at the gas station to flee to Antarctica.
    Oh: What is the purpose of your face?
  • Dirty Coward: This is practically the Boov's hat. As Oh himself puts it: "When probability for success drops below fifty percent, Boov give up." Captain Smek is even worse, often shoving aside other Boov to ensure his own safety. Part of Oh's Character Development is moving beyond this.
  • Disney Death: It momentarily looks like Oh was crushed by the Gorg's machine, but there was an indentation in it large enough for him to fit without being crushed.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Boov convince themselves that the humans are simple and backwards in order to feel better about basically taking over the Earth. Oh even tries to convince Tip that the Boov "liberated" humankind, and later says that Captain Smek taught them that humans were little better than animals. The parallels to human colonialism and the history of maltreating natives should be obvious.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The soundtrack approaches a Do It Yourself album. Rihanna worked with director Tim Johnson to create a concept album for the film. Three of the eight songs there are by her, and one is by co-star Jennifer Lopez. Which in a way means that some of the songs are tied more to Tip, and that one is tied to Lucy (as they're voiced by Rihanna and Jennifer, respectively).
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: Captain Smek does this in a deleted opening available on the Blu-ray, breaking in on all human electronic entertainment to announce that the Boov are taking over.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Boov are forgiven pretty easily at the end for having forcibly relocated all humans and taken over the planet, though they are shown to have fixed everything afterwards and no one died. The fact that Boov technology is practically magic compared to human tech might have something to do with it.
  • Economy Cast: There are only five named, voiced characters in the whole thing. On the other hand, there are thousands of both human and alien extras.
  • Edible Ammunition: Oh outfits the Slushious with Burrito Torpedoes, all taken from the convenience store. They don't work very well against the Gorg ship.
  • Egopolis: Captain Smek renames Earth "Smekland".
  • Extreme Omnivore: The Boov are willing to eat a lot of strange things, including footballs, motor oil, and paintings. Van Gogh's Starry Night nearly ends up being lunch.
  • Flying Car: Oh rebuilds Tip's broken car so it can fly, under the impression that it was supposed to do that.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: Oh and Tip discover that the Boov are flying alongside them, but are not attacking them. Turns out they were fleeing a Gorg drone.
  • The Foreign Subtitle: Home: A Minha Casa (My House) (Portugal).
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: When Oh repairs Tip's car, he accidentally wires the brakes and gas backwards.
  • Hartman Hips: Lucy and Tip both have hips that are as wide as their shoulders.
  • Heel Realization:
    • Oh has a major revelation that his own people themselves are entirely the cause of all their persecution problems.
    • After Oh saves the Boov using a Gorg Superchip, Kyle realizes that he should have accepted Oh as his friend and sides with him against Smek.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Attempted by Oh, to save the Gorg pod when he was about to be crushed by the mothership. He throws the pod to Tip since he wouldn't be able to escape it.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: A major turning point in Tip and Oh's uneasy alliance comes when Oh dives underwater for a couple of hours and she kicks him and rants about him letting her think he'd died.
  • Invading Refugees: The Boov take over Earth because the Gorg destroyed their homeworld.
  • Inventional Wisdom: Oh complains about the wisdom of an e-mail system in which "send" and "send all" are two giant buttons on the same screen. One also wonders why a personal communication device has the means to transmit a galaxy-wide message.
  • Irrevocable Message: Oh tries to invite Kyle to his housewarming party, but accidentally transmits the message to everyone in the galaxy, including the Gorg. The Boov have to figure out how to stop it before the Gorg learn where they are.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Oh turns a slushee machine into the fuel source for Tip's flying car.
  • I Will Find You: Tip's main goal throughout the movie is to rescue her kidnapped mother. Turns out it's also Gorg's, who's looking for the next generation of his species.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover:
    • Tip is very close to her pet cat, Pig.
    • Oh grows quite fond of Pig and the feeling is mutual.
  • The Kindnapper: While the Boov do forcibly relocate the humans, they do so without harming them. They offer them ice cream during the trip to their new settlement (which already has plenty of houses for them), and even provide them with an "Ask a Boov" station for inquiries. Though this is mostly due to Captain Smek telling the Boov that humans are a backward species that need their "help."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things get much more serious when The Gorg enters the picture,even if he himself is not evil at all.
  • Lack of Empathy: The Boov, embracing a Dirty Coward mentality for their whole society, have absolutely no regard for any of the natives they forcibly relocate as they conquer Earth. When Oh finally gets that perspective and the courage to stand up to Captain Smek about what they are doing to humanity, everything changes for them.
  • Literal-Minded: The Boov. In just one example, Oh finds a cookbook as he sets up his housewarming party. He cooks it.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Tip laying out her make-up kit before disguising Oh is treated as one.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Tip and Oh first meet, she locks him in a freezer and tells him "No, you cannot come into the out!" when he asks. In the climax, Oh locks Tip and Lucy in her car (to protect them from being crushed by the Gorg mothership) and tells her "Tip can't come into the out now."
  • Mobile-Suit Human: The Gorg is revealed to be a small starfish-like creature wearing a large suit.
  • Monumental Damage: Played with. We see several Earth monuments, but many aren't really damaged, just floating in air. The ones with faces have been modified to look like Captain Smek. In the end, the Boov fix it.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film's soundtrack album has a big case of this. The fourth track, Rihanna's "As Real As You and Me" tells us that "There could be a freak accident / There could be a fatal disease / I know we hate to think about it / But this as real as you and me..." This is immediately followed by Charli XCX's "Red Balloon" - "Ah-ooh! If you got troubles, let 'em go / Let 'em soar so high, high into the sky just like a red balloon / Ah-ooh! Don't let your worries get to you / Let 'em float on by, high into the sky just like a red balloon..." The musical styles of the two songs are just as different as the lyrics.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Oh, when he realizes how wrong his race was to invade the Earth, and then later that Gorg was only after the Boov because they stole his species' entire next generation.
  • Mythology Gag: In The True Meaning of Smekday, the Boov Tip befriends is named J-Lo. Here, Tip's mother is played by the real J-Lo.
  • Nice Person:
    • Oh. While he can be annoying, he is well-meaning and friendly.
    • Tip is quite friendly and kind-hearted.
    • Lucy Tucci. Every appearance and mention of her shows that she is a kind, thoughtful person and a great mom.
  • Noble Bigot: One of the Boov's two Hats (The other being Dirty Cowards). Part of the reason the Boov displace Humanity with minimal preamble is because Smek told them that Humans are backwards primitives. Part of Oh's Character Development is coming to terms with the fact that Humans are more complex than he thought.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Oh claims the Boov have three methods of excreting waste. "Number 1" and "number 2" seem to be analogous to humans, but "Number 3", which they only have to do once a year, is evidently quite uhh...spectacular.
    • Also, Almost Home has a mention of "Carnivorous unicorns, remember those?"
  • No Ontological Inertia: Oh's invite will take roughly 40 hours to reach the Gorg, yet cancelling the invite immediately stops the signal even though it was mere seconds from reaching them.
  • Not So Different:
    • As explained in the end by Oh, the Gorg was simply acting irrationally violent and making poor decisions out of sadness and anger at the Gorg children being essentially kidnapped, which is different from the Boov's Blue and Orange Morality but a lot closer to how a human would react.
    • In a minor example, Kyle is amused by the same Sluscious flavor name ("Busta Lime") that Oh laughed at.
  • Obliviously Evil: Smek tells his people that humans are mere primitive animals, and the Boov honestly cannot understand why humans would have any complaints about being abducted from their homes and relocated to concentrated housing developments in Australia without so much as a by-your-leave.
  • Overly Long Gag: The back and forth between Oh and Captain Smek with Oh pleading that he won't screw up again and Smek arguing there's a chance that he might.
  • Papa Wolf: The Gorg tailing the Boov across the universe and laying waste to everything in their path was all a desperate quest to rescue his stolen children.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: A single Beauty Mark is sufficient to make Oh look like "a completely different Boov", to the point that its subsequent removal is treated as a Dramatic Unmask that results in one of the on-looking Boov fainting in shock.
  • Parasol Parachute: When Tip, Oh, and several other Boov crash through a cluster of open umbrellas, some Boov grab umbrellas to float themselves to the ground.
  • The Password Is Always "Swordfish": The Boov (by order of Captain Smek) all use "Password" as their password. This causes a problem when Oh uses a long rambling sentence created with a mentality they cannot understand.
  • Photo Montage: The credit sequence includes an epilogue montage of Oh and Tip and their friends and family. In one of the photos, Oh and Tip are reading a book with an illegible title but the distinctive cover design of The True Meaning of Smekday.
  • Phrase-Catcher: Where Oh's name comes from: he is so disliked that if someone recognizes him they just groan "Oh" in annoyance.
  • Priceless Paperweight: Captain Smek silences other Boov by hitting them on the head with the rock on the end of his "shusher wand". We later discover that the "rock" contains the entire next generation of Gorg, which is the true reason the Gorg has been chasing the Boov.
  • Playing Possum: One of the Brain Boov suggests pretending they are dead so the Gorg will leave them alone. She continues pretending even at the end of the film.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tip gives one to Oh for what his species have done to Earth, after he tried to get her to come with him for safety. Tip also tells him his people are not even his family.
  • Rushmore Refacement: The Boov manage to reface pretty much every monument with a face, on top of levitating them all. All the monuments are put back and restored once the Boov make peace with the humans.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When the Slushious blasts away from the gas station, it leaves a license plate spinning on its corner a la Back to the Future.
    • The five-note vocalized intro to Feel The Light is reminiscent of the five-tone musical phrase used by the UFO in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
    • Oh mistakes a urinal cake for a mint. Ten years earlier in Madagascar, Melman did the exact same thing.
  • Sinister Geometry: The Gorg mothership and its drones resemble a bunch of giant, spiky pyramids stuck together, while the Boov colony ship is basically a giant sphere.
  • Slapstick: Typically Oh is on the receiving end of this.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The song "Red Balloon" by Charli XCX plays during the Boov invasion of Earth, which sees all of humanity abducted and displaced from their homes while the aliens overrun the cities. Then again, from the Boov perspective it's quite fitting since it's quite a peppy and fun song (and the sequence does involve a lot of things floating up like balloons).
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The two prominent alien species are called The Boov and The Gorg. It's literal in the latter's case, as there is only one of them.
  • Squashed Flat: Pig gets flattened against a car window.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: After the Brain Boov thinks up ideas as creating an Alternate Reality where the Gorg don't exist and Playing Possum, one of them suggests accessing Oh's e-mail account and deleting the message.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: The Boov (especially Oh) regularly mix up tenses, verbs, nouns, and English grammar in general with phrases like "Can I come in to the out now?" and "It should to hover much better now."
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Oh spends several hours underwater at one point. Presumably, so can the other Boov.
  • Toilet Humor:
    • Oh uses a toilet scrubber — with water from the same toilet— as a tongue scrubber.
    • Oh drinks "a bowl of lemonade" in a gas station's bathroom.
  • invokedUgly Cute: When Smek shows the Boov footage of a human baby, they recoil in disgust and horror... except for Oh, who remarks "Awww, they're so ugly they're cute!"
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: During an attempted peace conference with the Gorg, Captain Smek ran and grabbed a small rock on the way out, placing it on his "shusher wand." It is later revealed that the rock actually contains the next generation of Gorg, which is the true reason the Gorg has been chasing the Boov.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The Boov gather all the articles they consider useless in spherical piles floating in the sky. Among the items given this treatment are cars, bicycles, trashcans, toilets and in Paris, statues and monuments.

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