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Caterpillar
Directed by Owen Laramore
Ford Riley
Produced by Owen Laramore
Lori Forte
Screenplay by Pamela Ribon
Story by Owen Laramore
Lori Forte
Pamela Ribon
Starring Brad Garrett
Henry Cavill
Tina Fey
Kathryn Newton
Russell Brand
Greg Cipes
Nick Robinson
Hannibal Buress
Jennifer Saunders
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Andrew Jiminez
Edited by James Ryan
Production
companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Olaramore04 Productions
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date May 25, 2022
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $308 million


Caterpillar is a 2022 American computer-animated sports comedy film produced by Olaramore04 Productions and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Owen Laramore and Ford Riley, it is Olaramore04's second feature film after 2021's Disney In The House. It stars the voices of Brad Garrett, Henry Cavill, Tina Fey, Kathryn Newton, Russell Brand, Greg Cipes, Nick Robinson, Hannibal Buress, and Jennifer Saunders, and follows a caterpillar who travels to Bugs University to become part of a sports team, only for him and a praying mantis to form a rivalry that gets them kicked out of the university's prestigious School of Sports.

Caterpillar was released theatrically on May 25, 2022. The film received mixed reviews from critics (becoming the first Olaramore04 film to receive mixed reviews), who praised the animation, musical score, and voice performances (particularly Garrett and Cavill), but criticized the story and humor. It was also commercially successful, grossing $308 million worldwide against its $75 million budget.

Plot

Cena is a young caterpillar who is despised by his classmates due to his species. Upon causing a team to win on a field trip to the Bugtropolis Sports Arena, he decides to be a sports player when he grows up. After studying hard for years, he finally approaches Bugs University, where he meets a praying mantis named Eddie (who is his rival) and a dragonfly named Rooney in the School of Sports. Eddie only relies on his natural talents, and begins to falter. On the final exam, Cena and Eddie get into a argument, and Eddie inadvertently flunks the test. Citing Eddie's laziness in not studying, Professor Centipede, the school's dean, fails him on the spot, to which Red Insect Prestigious' leader, Kenny the red locust, promptly expels Eddie from their fraternity.

Cena is signed up for the Sports Games, which consists of three sports, Racing, Climbing, and Basketball. He and Eddie join another fraternity called Color Kappa consisting of the four bugs: Orange the monarch butterfly, Rig the Japanese beetle, Earthworm the worm, and Spots the ladybug, who have never played sports before. When Color Kappa is initially denied for being one member short, Eddie joins in, to which Cena reluctantly agress. Centipede agrees to let Color Kappa win the Sports Games and get into the School of Sports under the condition that Eddie must leave Bugs University if they lose.

Color Kappa comes in last in the racing event, but are saved from elimination when another fraternity named Claws On Nuts is disqualified for cheating. They master the climbing event, but are humiliated when Red Insect Prestigious calls them "cute", and the bugs leave. Eddie declares that caterpillars are not cut out for the big leagues and orders Cena to leave. As a brokenhearted Cena prepares to pack up his things, he and Eddie realize there is no one type of sports team after recalling memories from their childhood, reconcile, and reenlist Color Kappa.

Color Kappa and Red Insect Prestigious are tied in the final event: Basketball. Orange goes first, Earthworm goes second, Spots goes third, Rig goes fourth, Eddie goes fifth, and Cena goes last. At the last moment Cena shoots the ball into the hoop in seconds before the event ends, and Color Kappa wins. In the aftermath, Kenny offers Eddie a chance to get back on Red Insect Prestigious. Eddie respectfully declines, having to have found his true place with Color Kappa. Impressed by their performance in the games, Centipede allows Eddie and Cena to rejoin the School of Sports, and Color Kappa starts the new semester.

Cast

  • Brad Garrett as Cena, a green caterpillar who wants to become a sports player.
  • Henry Cavill as Eddie, a praying mantis and Cena's rival who later becomes his best friend.
  • Tina Fey as Orange, a monarch butterfly and the president of Color Kappa.
  • Kathryn Newton as Rig, a Japanese beetle and a member of Color Kappa.
  • Russell Brand as Earthworm, a worm and a member of Color Kappa.
  • Creg Pipes as Spots, a ladybug and a member of Color Kappa.
  • Nick Robinson as Rooney, a dragonfly and Cena's former roommate who later becomes a member of Red Insect Prestigious.
  • Hannibal Buress as Kenny, a red locust and the president of Red Insect Prestigious.
  • Jennifer Saunders as Professor Centipede, the dean of the School of Sports.
  • John DiMaggio as Professor Beetle, a sports teacher.
  • Jim Hanks as Sports Games Council
  • Bridgit Mendler as Sports Games Announcer
  • Anna Popplewell as Mrs. Vasions, Cena's second grade teacher.
  • Mark Wahlberg as McCary, a Eastern lubber grasshopper and soccer player Cena encountered in his childhood field trip.
  • Bill Hader as a cockroach who is Color Kappa's mail deliverer.

Reception

Box office

Caterpillar was released in theaters on May 25, 2022, and grossed $100 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $127 million in North America and $181 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $308 million. Produced on a $75 million budget, the film performed well at the box office.

Critical response

Caterpillar received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 58% approval rating based on 243 reviews. The consensus reads, "Caterpillar contains impressive animation and colorful characters (particularly those voiced by Brad Garrett and Henry Cavill), but its story feels too unevenly incoherent to be the animated sports comedy we've hoped for". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it holds a score of 58 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.