In a world … where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, we find Rumble. Watch the first trailer for the toon starring Will Arnett above, and check out the poster below.
Paramount initially was set to release the pic in theaters on July 31, 2020. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the release was delayed until January 19, 2021 before being pushed to May 14 and then to February 18, 2022. Now Paramount has decided to move Rumble exclusively to Paramount+, where it will start streaming December 15. (Originally, the movie was slated to debut on the streamer after 45 days of theatrical release.)
The move continues a recent trend of shifting family films from theaters to streaming platforms.
“We are thrilled to build on our recent success with family-friendly films and bring Rumble’s entertaining and inspiring underdog story to Paramount+ this holiday season,” said Tanya Giles, Chief Programming Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming.
Rumble, directed by Hamish Grieve follows teenage Winnie (Geraldine Viswanathan) seeking to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a lovable underdog monster (Arnett) into a champion.
The voice cast also includes Terry Crews, Stephen A. Smith, Jimmy Tatro, Tony Danza, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tony Shalhoub, Bridget Everett, Greta Lee, Ben Schwartz, Joe Anoa’i aka Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, Michael Buffer and Charles Barkley. Matt Lieberman and Etan Coen penned the screenplay based on Rob Harrell’s graphic novel Monster on the Hill.
The film is produced by Paramount Animation in association with WWE Studios, and with production companies, Reel FX and Walden Media. Mark Bakshi and Brad Booker are the producers, with Steve O’Brien, Chuck Peil, Frank Smith, Naia Cucukov, Jeff Fierson, Susan Levison and Richard Lowell exec producing.