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New York City
Directed by Owen Laramore
Produced by Owen Laramore
Lori Forte
Screenplay by Anna Boden
Ryan Fleck
Story by Owen Laramore
Chris Wedge
Carlos Saldanha
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz
Tina Fey
Mckenna Grace
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Sacha Baron Cohen
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Stephen Sandoval
Edited by Darren T. Holmes
Production
companies
20th Century Animation
Owen Laramore Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Studios
Release date October 28, 2022
(United States)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $340 million


New York City is a 2022 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Owen Laramore in his directorial debut from a screenplay penned by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film stars the voices of Chloë Grace Moretz, Tina Fey, Mckenna Grace, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Sacha Baron Cohen, and centers on a teenage koala taking a rare teddy bear cub from a circus to visit her parents with the assistance of a kangaroo police officer while on the run from a single-minded security guard.

New York City was Owen Laramore Productions' first film, and was released in theaters on October 28, 2022 by 20th Century Studios. The film grossed $340 million worldwide against a $45 million budget and received largely positive reviews from critics, who praised its story, animation, characters, and the performances of Moretz and Fey. New York City also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The film was followed by a sequel, New York City 2, on April 25, 2025.

Plot

In New York City, a orphaned teenage koala named Cupcake heads to the Picker's Circus and watches the star attraction, the Great Master. He introduces an anthropomorphic teddy bear named Teddy, who is scared of performing and feels she doesn't belong in the Picker Circus. This further causes her to accidentally wreck the show. The Great Master hires Cupcake to do a magic trick. Teddy and Cupcake disappear and end up in the basement. After Teddy explains the circus took her away from her parents, Dianne and Davidson, and her home in Teddy Bear Mountain, Cupcake promises to take her home.

Meanwhile, an aggressive and single-minded security guard named Phil Franco is hired, and tricks a kangaroo named Kai K. Cottontail from the New York Police Department into working with him to find Teddy. Cupcake and Teddy hop on board the Teddy Bear Mountain Express, where Kai finds them but can't get them off the boxcar before the train leaves the station. Upon reaching Teddy Bear Mountain, Cupcake and Kai agree to a deal; they take Teddy to visit her parents under the condition that Kai escort Teddy back to the Picker's Circus after that.

As Cupcake, Kai, and Teddy head towards the top of Teddy Bear Mountain (where Kai secret wants to turn the one who took Teddy out of the Picker's Circus in to Phil as part of a deal), they find crows gathering apples for their winter hibernation supply. They take on the crows and gain an apple to feed Teddy. Back at the Picker's Circus, Phil discovers that Cupcake took Teddy to Teddy Bear Mountain and sets out to arrest her, believing her to have "bear-napped" Teddy. That night, Kai receives a call from the Great Master that New York has assumed Vanellope to be a bear-napper and Teddy's disappearance is jeopardizing the Picker's Circus' future and his career. Caitlyn and Kai have a disagreement over whether Teddy should be returned to the Picker's Circus or visit her family. After finding out the deal was a trick to get her arrested, Cupcake disowns Kai and continues on to Teddy Bear Mountain with Teddy.

The next morning, Kai, having a change of heart, changes her mind and apologizes to Cupcake. The three reach the top of Teddy Bear Mountain, where Teddy reunites with her parents. At the same time, however, Phil arrives, captures Teddy, and arrests Cupcake. While trying to come to Cupcake's defense, Kai turns against Phil and is arrested as well. In the plane, Cupcake and Kai overhear Phil privately talking to his co-pilot in the cock pit and piece together Phil's plan: Phil will keep Teddy for himself and ensure the Picker Circus' closure comes to pass. Without Phil noticing, Kai steals his keys and frees them. Cupcake, Kai and Teddy jump out of the helicopter with parachutes. Phil pursues them and grabs Kai, but loses his grip and falls into a pond. Upon returning to the Picker's Circus, they return Teddy to the Great Master and trick into revealing his plot, and he is arrested.

With the Picker's Circus' glory and the Great Master's career restored, the crowd praise Cupcake and Kai as heroes, and Teddy waves goodbye to Cupcake and Kai. At Central Park, Teddy reunites with Cupcake and Kai, with the Great Master revealing that her parents have joined his act, and Teddy now has her family.

Cast

  • Chloë Grace Moretz as Cupcake Koala
  • Tina Fey as Kai K. Cottontail
  • Mckenna Grace as Teddy Bear
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Phil Franco
  • Sacha Baron Cohen as the Great Master
  • Laraine Newman and David Koechner as Dianne and Davidson, Teddy's parents.
  • Jessica Szohr as Tiffany
  • Ellie Kemper as Jennifer
  • Beck Bennett as Beck Benson

Reception

Box office

New York City opened theatrically on October 28, 2022, and grossed about $155 million during its opening weekend, ranking one of the biggest box office weekends for an animated film amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It has grossed $146 million in North America and $194 million in other territories. The film ended its theatrical run on February 3, 2023, having grossed $340 million worldwide, against a $45 million production budget.

Critical response

Critics and audiences praised New York City upon release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 85% rating based on 324 reviews. The site's consensus reads, "Impressively animated and awesome to look at, New York City has enough charisma to provide a good message to children". On Metacritic, it has a score of 76 out of 100 based on 39 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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