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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
Greg Cipes
Russell Brand
Awkwafina
Hannibal Buress
Nick Robinson
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 April 28, 2023
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $312 million


Caterpillar is a 2023 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 2022's Disney In The House. It stars the voices of Brad Garrett, Henry Cavill, Tina Fey, Russell Brand, Awkwafina, 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 April 28, 2023. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the plot, humor, animation, musical score, and voice performances (particularly Garrett and Cavill). It was also commercially successful, grossing $312 million worldwide against its $75 million budget.

Plot

Cena is a young caterpillar who decides to be a sports player when he grows up. After studying hard for years, he finally approaches Insects 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 inadvertently flunk the test. Citing Cena's incapability of playing sports and Eddie's laziness in not studying, Professor Centipede, the school's dean, expels them both, to which Red Insect Prestigious' leader, Kenny the red locust, promptly dismisses Eddie.

Determined to prove himself, Cena signeds up for the Sports Games, which consists of three sports, Racing, Climbing, and Basketball. He reluctantly lets Eddie join in, 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. Eddie and Cena and 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.

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 are able to beat another team called AAA Arachnids and master the climbing event. Later, they go to a party, where they are humiliated by Red Insect Prestigious, with Kenny saying they will never be capable of playing sports. Cena tries to convince the distraught Color Kappa to keep trying, but Eddie refuses to listen, telling Cena that even though he can train Color Kappa, he can't change who they are.

Undeterred, Cena takes them on a field trip to the sports arena he went to as a child. Eddie and Cena apologize for their rivalry, and the members of Color Kappa regain their confidence. Color Kappa and Red Insect Prestigious are tied in the final event: Basketball. Color Kappa easily dominates the event by doing everything Cena trained them to do. Outraged, Kenny fights Cena, even at the point of pinning him down to the ground. At the last moment, Cena escapes from Kenny's clutches and 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 with them.

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.
  • Awkwafina 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 whom 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 April 28, 2023, and grossed $100 million in its opening weekend. It grossed $141 million in North America and $171 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $312 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 75% 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), sometimes proving it to be the animated sports comedy we've hoped for". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, it holds a score of 65 out of 100 based on 35 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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