It looks like Illumination has some very high hopes for their upcoming new animated film Migration. It does make perfect sense for Illumination to think that way. They are, after all, the creators of the Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets, and Sing franchises. Family-friendly animated comedy films seem to be their shtick here. Thus, you can understand why Illumination would want to hype up this latest film, and with a behind-the-scenes featurette video to boot. Don’t believe me? Then why not check out this “A Look Inside” video below, and see if this is the film for you and your kids for yourself?

Migration: A Look Inside ~ Details

Featuring some anthropomorphically animated ducks on the thumb.

Illumination is proud to hype up their upcoming Migration film with that “A Look Inside” featurette video on YouTube. As I mentioned before, this is basically a behind-the-scenes video for this upcoming film from director Benjamin Renner (Ernest & Celestine), but not for animation. Instead, this video seems to focus exclusively on the voice work. Which is perfectly fine, since the voice actors/actresses will make or break an animated character…unless you’re WALL-E, but the adorable little guy is an outlier here.

As for what Migration is all about? Well, Illumination does have an official synopsis for us to peruse today. You can check that out below:

The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica.

As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.

Migration will flock to theaters on December 22, 2023. You can purchase tickets right now on the film’s official website.