Arizona
Directed by Mike White
Produced by Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Screenplay by Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Story by Mike White
Ethan Reiff
Cyrus Voris
Starring Mel Gibson
Matthew McConaughey
Kumail Nanjiani
James Earl Jones
Nicole Kidman
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Simon Dunsdun
Edited by Peter S. Elliot
Production
companies
Warner Animation Group
Imagine Entertainment
Reel FX Animation Studios
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date August 25, 2022
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $65 million
Box office $159 million


Arizona is a 2022 computer-animated comedy film directed by Mike White and written by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (who also co-wrote with White). Taking place in a fictional version of the U.S. state of the same name that is entirely populated by anthropomorphic talking animals, the film's plot follows a pig and a rabbit setting out to save the Animal Enterprises, Inc from closure by searching for a mythical gemstone capable of fulfilling one's wishes. The film stars Mel Gibson, Matthew McConaughey, Kumail Nanjiani, James Earl Jones, and Nicole Kidman.

Produced by Warner Animation Group and Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment with animation by Reel FX Animation Studios, Arizona was released into theaters on August 25, 2022. It grossed $159 million worldwide on a $65 million budget and received positive reviews from critics for its music, humor, animation, and the performances (particularly those of Gibson and McConaughey), although its story was criticized. At the 95th Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Zootopia 2.

Plot

Set in a fictional version of Arizona populated by anthropomorphic talking animals, a pig named Sun V. Washington (named Sunny for short) and his best friend and partner-in-crime Nicholas Funnybunny the rabbit (named Nick for short) work at Animal Enterprises, Inc., where they put packages into delivery trucks. Despite being the top deliverers, their rival, Wendall the snake, is close behind. However, Animal Enterprises, Inc. is going out of business due to lacking popularity, and its CEO, Mr. Malamute the dog, is determined to find a solution to the problem.

One evening after work, Sunny discovers a package left by someone. As he inspects the package, a gem shines. He reports the gem to Malamute, which he knows is capable of fulfilling one's wishes. Intrigued, Sunny finds Nick. He inadvertently interrupts Nick's date with his receptionist girlfriend, Ava the flamingo, at a Japanese restaurant and reveals the gem. Chaos erupts when the gem explodes and causes a fire. Sunny and Nick manage to escape while the Arizona Police Department (AFD) arrives with the assistance of the Arizona Fire Department (AFD).

Sunny and Nick end up in the Sonoran Desert, where they meet a bison, who had been banished years ago. The bison tells them to take a shortcut to the town, which Sunny realizes he can use to get back to Animal Enterprises, Inc. and stop Wendall. After receiving a new gem, Sunny and Nick later find Arizona in the distance and charge through a field of geysers. Sunny and Nick make it to Animal Enterprises Inc., only to find Wendall has taken Malamute hostage. They rescue Malamute, who distracts Wendall long enough to let Sunny and Nick get away.

As they hurriedly head off, Ava, angry with Nick for ruining their earlier date, threatens to break up with him, but he defends himself by revealing Wendall's plot. Ava creates a diversion by claiming that Wendall broke the all-time delivery record. Sunny and Nick escape into the package handling system, while Wendall follows them. The two wish to make the packages into portals, allowing them to freely pass in and out of different lands. Wendall takes the gem and tries to kill Sunny, but Nick subdues him, enabling Sunny to catch Wendall. Sunny and Nick trap Wendall in a package and throw it into a pit.

With their rival finally defeated, Sunny and Nick find Malamute. The gem restores Animal Enterprises Inc. to its former popularity before disintegrating. The company becomes more successful than ever, and, impressed by Sunny's determination, the mayor certifies Nick and Sunny as heroes. Ava and Nick resume their romantic relationship, and Nick and Sunny break the all-time delivery record.

Cast

Reception

Box office

Arizona was released in select theaters on August 25, 2022 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was projected to grossed $90 million in its opening weekend. It grossed over $55 million in North America and $104 million internationally, up to a total of $159 million worldwide. Produced on a $65 million budget, the film was a commercial success.

Critical response

Arizona received wildly positive reviews upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 78% approval rating based on 210 reviews. The consensus reads, "Although it may not live up to Warner Bros' greatest moments of charm, the winning performances from Mel Gibson and Matthew McConaughey make Arizona yet another hit for the studio is goofy-yet-charming ways". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 61 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

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