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Winnie (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Steve (Will Arnett) in RUMBLE from Paramount Animation. Photo Credit: Paramount Animation.

Monster Wrestlers Reign Supreme in First Rumble Trailer

Will Arnett’s track record with voicing non-human animated characters is, to put it mildly, excellent. He just wrapped up voicing the title character in Netflix’s consistently excellent Bojack Horsemanand now Arnett’s vocal talents are being deployed in Paramount Picture’s new animated feature Rumble, which is centered around the genuinely fantastic conceit of monster wrestling. Rumble invites us into a world where monster wrestling is a global phenomenon, and the monsters who get into the ring are major superstars. We’re genuinely surprised this idea hasn’t come sooner.

Arnett is joined by Geraldine Viswanathan and Terry Crews, the former playing an opportunistic teenage human, the latter playing the unbeatable monster wrestler Tentacular. Crews is a great choice to voice the octopus-shark hybrid creature whose tentacles and glowing body make him a star in the ring and beloved worldwide. But about that opportunistic teenage human played by Viswanathan; her name is Winnie, and she’s got a plan to finally unseat the champ; she’s going to turn an out of shape, lazy orange monster named Steve (Arnett) into a champion. That is if Steve can do more than one push-up.

Rumble comes from director Hamish Grieve (Rise of the Guardians, Shrek 2), who works off a script by Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3) and Matt Lieberman (Scoob!). This is a solid crew of folks who are familiar with animation, animated monsters, CGI monsters, and animated comedy. A monster wrestling comedy was bound to happen!

There’s a very solid cast joining Arnett, Viswanathan, and Crews; Tony Danza, Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal), Susan Kelechi Watson (This Is Us), Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog), and, properly for a film about wrestling, WWE star John “Roman Reigns” Anoa’i (Hobbs & Shaw) is in the ring.

Rumble will leap off the top ring into theaters on January 29, 2021.

Check out the trailer here:

Featured image: Winnie (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Steve (Will Arnett) in RUMBLE from Paramount Animation. Photo Credit: Paramount Animation.

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