Kelly Asbury's animated film 'UglyDolls' drops first look, and it is adorable!
With Kelly Clarkson voicing lead doll Moxy and Nick Jonas voicing the villain Lou, this film will shatter stereotypes to portray beauty in its truest sense
Unconventionality rules in 'UglyDolls', STX Films' new animated musical adventure, directed by Kelly Asbury, starring the singing voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Janelle Monáe, Blake Shelton and Pitbull. The film is inspired by the unique and beloved global plush toy phenomenon launched in 2001 and is set to release on May 10, 2019.
In the adorably special town of Uglyville, weird is celebrated, strange is special and beauty is embraced as more than what simply meets the eye. Here, the free-spirited Moxy and her 'UglyDolls' friends live every day in a whirlwind of bliss, letting their freak flags fly in a celebration of life and its endless possibilities, occasionally looking to the sky, where a new 'UglyDoll' will appear and be embraced by the community.
Moxy (voiced by Kelly Clarkson) loves her square-peg life in this round-hole town, but her curiosity about all things leads her to wonder if there’s anything on the other side of the mountain which nestles Uglyville. Moxy gathers a group of her closest friends and sets off to find out what's on the other side. They discover another world – Perfection – a town where more conventional dolls are trained in protocols before they graduate and are sent to the 'real' world to find the love of a child.
Clarkson claims that Moxy is just the perfect character for her. Speaking with USAToday about the film, Clarkson mentions, "Moxy could not be more perfect for me. Because I’m not really that (princess) girl. I’m really this girl. Moxy's personality is like 100 percent me. It's not acting. It's weird, it's like she was written for me." The actress reveals that the entire film is like a "giant metaphor on life". "We all come in different shapes, sizes, and personalities, but with our own individuality." However, things change for Moxy when she meets Lou (Nick Jonas) in Perfection.
In Perfection, Moxy and her crew are subject to the manipulations of Lou, the perfect doll in charge of training recruits.
Here, the UglyDolls will confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most. Clarkson says she is pretty impressed with the way Jonas handles his evil side in the villainous character, Lou. As for Jonas, his fiancee Priyanka Chopra is not very surprised with his evil side, "I may not be villainous (in real life), but if I haven't had my coffee in the morning, I can be a bit prickly."
'UglyDolls' also features the voices of Wanda Sykes, Emma Roberts, Gabriel Iglesias, Wang Leehom and will arrive in theaters on May 10, 2019. The trailer is set to drop this week.