Playmobil: The Movie is an English-language French live-action/computer animated adventure comedy film based on the German building toy Playmobil. It is directed by Lino Disalvo in his directorial debut, written by Greg Erb & Jason Oremland with an early draft by Blaise Hemingway, and produced by On Animation Studios. The film stars the voices of Anya Taylor-Joy, Gabriel Bateman, Daniel Radcliffe, Jim Gaffigan, Meghan Trainor, and Adam Lambert. It was released on August 7, 2019 release in France by Pathé and other countries will follow.
The plot centers around a girl named Marla, who sees her younger brother Charlie disappear into the world of Playmobil. Going after him, she's turned into a living Playmobil toy and has to team up with other Playmobil toys to save Charlie.
Playmobil: The Movie provides examples of:
- Baleful Polymorph: Marla is horrified when she discovered that she was turned into a living Playmobil figurine.
- Down the Rabbit Hole: The rabbit hole in this case is a magical Playmobil set.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: In contrast to most of the movie (which is family-friendly clean even in fight scenes), the battle between the vikings and barbarians has several corpses laying around. They don't get up, they just stay still with arrows sticking out of them and the protagonists pay no mind to this.
- Fantasy Keepsake: Marla's passport turns out full of stamps of the places they visited in the Playmobil world in the end.
- Rex's car (or at least a car that resembles it) also appears in the "real" world after Marla and Charlie get out of the Expo.
- Fisher Kingdom: The Playmobil World turns everyone entering it into a Playmobil doll.
- Gladiator Games: What Emperor Maximus needs the world's best Pirate, Amazon, space Bounty Hunter, cave man, viking (actually Charlie) and a Knight Templar that gets thrown first to the beast and gets replaced by Rex later for.
- Morphic Resonance: Since she wasn't touching a Playmobil figurine, Marla's Playmobil form looks like a stylized version of her human form.
- Secret Agent: Rex Dasher.
- Sissy Villain: The evil Emperor Maximus has a high-pitched voice, very campy mannerisms, and appears to be wearing makeup.
- Super Strength: Charlie (and probably Marla too) has it in the Playmobil world because he's a kid in a toy's body.
- Trapped in Another World: Both protagonists end up being trapped in the Playmobil World.
- Villain Song: Emperor Maximus sings one called "Give the People What they Want", about how he pretends to offer sanctuary and watch them fight for his sick amusement.
- Vocal Dissonance: Charlie still has his kid voice even in the body of an adult Viking figure.