The Boss Baby Review
The Boss Baby
31 March 2017
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
The first trailer was released on National Boss’s Day.
Reference to an earlier Alec Baldwin’s movie
During the secret baby meeting, one of the babies is seen putting a cookie in his mouth. Boss Baby tells the baby to put the cookie back because “cookies are for closers”. Alec Baldwin made a similar demand in Glengarry Glenn Ross, telling the salesman to ” put the coffee down. Coffee is for closers”.
Parody of famous scene from India Jones movie
The scene where Tim and the Boss Baby attempt to steal and replace a file from Puppy Co. is a parody of the famous opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) in which Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) attempts to steal an idol from a temple.
Wizzy the Wizard
Wizzy the Wizard (James McGrath) is a version of Gandalf the Grey (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) in The Boss Baby universe as can be seen with the quotes “He shall not pass!” and “Fly you fools!”
Allusion to the opening sequence of “Wargames”
While Tim describes his parents’ exciting jobs in marketing, a shot of them “launching” new products shows them simultaneously turning launch keys in an allusion to the opening sequence of “Wargames” (1983).
Reference to Spiderman movie
In the scene where Boss Baby and Tim are looking for the plans, Boss Baby throws his disguise into the bin. The way it lands in the bin directly mirrors The Spider-Man story ‘Spider-Man no More’. Tobey Maguire, who voices the older Tim portrayed Peter Parker / Spider-Man for three movies, the second of which also pays homage to this iconic image.
Movie was not based in the present day
The bed Timothy’s second daughter is in at the end of the movie says her birthdate is March 31st, 2017; the same day the movie was released. This could indicate that the movie was not based in present day.
RT/Meta Critic Review
A surprisingly imaginative animated movie.