Wonder Park is the fourth film from Paramount Animation, co-produced by Nickelodeon Movies with Spain's Ilion Animation Studios (Planet 51) handling the animation. It was produced and written by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec, with Kendra Haaland serving as an additional producer. The movie stars Brianna Denski, Ken Hudson Campbell, Kenan Thompsonnote , Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Matthew Broderick, and Jennifer Garner.
Cameron "June" Bailey is an optimistic and imaginative young girl who, following her mother becoming deathly ill and sent away for medical treatment, decides to abandon her creative pursuits in favor of keeping a watchful eye on her father. After escaping a bus on the way to summer camp due to paranoia about her dad's health, June stumbles across an abandoned amusement park in the forest that strangely mirrors the miniature one that she used to build with her mom, right down to the talking animals. With the park overrun by a mysterious dark force, June works with her creations brought to life to help return Wonderland back to its former glory, and maybe even recover her love of fantasy.
The film was released on March 15, 2019. Not only is it one of the rare films that received a MPAA rating way before its final release date, but it also holds the far more notable distinction of being the first big-budget Hollywood feature production since 1995's The Pebble and the Penguin to be released without a credited director.
Wonder Park provides examples of:
- The '90s: When the film takes place, according to the official summary. Then again, a smartphone is used by the protagonist.
- A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: June helps the Wonderland animals to get the gears of the park working again.
- Arc Words: "Splendiferous!"
- As well as "We are the wonder in Wonderland!"
- Affectionate Nickname: Junes parents call her Junebug.
- Advertised Extra: Peanut. However, in the actual movie, he's gone into hiding from the Chimpanzombies.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Boomer the bear, who's fur is colored blue.
- Amusement Park: This film can't be called Wonder Park without it.
- Beary Friendly: Boomer the blue bear.
- Bumbling Dad: How June sees her father, ditching Math Camp so she can go home to take care of him.
- Close on Title: The movies title doesnt appear until the end of the film before the credits.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Darkness, a giant swirling cloud that was created from June's depression.
- Interspecies Romance: Steve (a porcupine) has a crush on Greta (a wild boar).
- It's All My Fault: This is the reason June abandons Wonderland; she blames herself for her mother getting sick and sent away from her.
- Moody Trailer Cover Song: The trailer was scored by a surprisingly non-ironic cover of "What a Wonderful World" that was done in this manner.
- Narnia Time/Year Inside, Hour Outside: Despite June spending over a day in Wonderland, when she gets home her father notes she was only gone thirty minutes.
- Never Trust a Trailer: None of the trailers reveal the crucial plot point that June's mom gets cancer, or that that's a crux of the entire story.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Junes real name is Cameron, but she is rarely ever called that.
- Only Sane Man: Steve, in this case.
- Puppy Love: Banky is head over heels for June. She doesn't return his affections, but she isn't afraid to use them to her advantage.
- Reality Ensues: When June attempts a life-size test of a Wonderland ride in the neighborhood, damage ensues at the end, her family ends up footing the bill for all the chaos, the sheriff recommends she be sent to military school, and her mother is initially upset with her about it all.
- Rebel Leader: Greta, prior to the attack of the Chimpanzombies.
- Talking Animal: The animal workers of Wonderland are capable of human speech.
- There Are No Therapists: Oh, is it ever? Not even one therapist came to June.
- Those Two Guys: The beaver brothers Gus and Cooper.