Director Tim McGrath: THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS Celebrates the ‘Precious’ Time of ‘Childhood’
By Movieguide® Staff
THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS is the sequel to the hit Dreamworks movie THE BOSS BABY, which championed the importance of family and won the Ware Foundation Prize for the Best Movie for Families at the 28th annual Movieguide® Awards.
In THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS, director Tom McGrath builds another charming and comedic story about family and forgiveness.
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THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS follows a now-grown Tim and his sweet family. One day, Tim’s younger and successful businessman brother, Ted, comes for a visit. Things get turned upside down when the brothers learn that Tim’s youngest daughter, Tina, works for a pro-baby organization called Baby Corp. Tim and Ted take a potion that turns them into younger versions of themselves where they’re forced to blend with children. They find out a local school headmaster has big plans to take away authority from all parents. They hatch a plan to stop him.
THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS is laugh-out-loud funny. Beautifully animated, the movie has a strong Christian, moral, pro-family worldview. Taking care of one’s family drives the plot. The movie stresses how babies come from above and the beauty of a child’s innocence. FAMILY BUSINESS also contains a Christmas pageant with an angel and a baby Jesus. It also expresses some pro-capitalist sentiments. FAMILY BUSINESS contains slapstick violence, brief potty humor and bullying. Ultimately, however, THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS is a delightfully wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy.
“Baby Corps. is real for kids,” McGrath told Movieguide®. “We decided it’d be great to have another boss, that could out boss our old boss and even though we’re working on a comedy, you try to think of certain themes as a foundation for the movie. They’re saving the world from the school that wants to get rid of parents, but [we thought] it’d be much more interesting to have a character that wants to keep her family together. So her secret mission was really to bring the brothers back together and make the family whole again.
“Family drama can go on a lifetime, and our main theme was really about it’s never too late to have a second chance at reconciliation? Even as adults,” he added. “Especially right now, because, you know, everything’s still divisive in the world, politically… so everyone has their differences. And you see so many families disbanding because of certain things. We just thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if when people left the movie they would call a brother or sister or an aunt or uncle, they haven’t talked to in a long time and just say, Hello, or I’m sorry, or I love you?'”
Another prominent theme in the movie comes from the relationship between Tim, who is now a father, and his child.
“Childhood is such a precious part of our lives, and it’s only for so long,” McGrath said. “We just thought that these movies celebrate children and their imaginations and so we kind of showed a little bit of a spotlight on Tim, as a parent, being worried that school was doing that to his daughter, but his daughter would actually be really smart.”
He continued: “Just because your children are different from you, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with them, and you should embrace their differences.
“But you know, we’re just hoping once people feel good and going back to the theaters again, that we would be there, with the goal of having kids laugh at things, but also have the parents laugh at things too. So you can enjoy it as a family. I talked to Dr. Baehr about this, you know, and it’s like, it’s great if we can entertain the little ones through the grandparents in a way.”
McGrath is also known for directing the MADAGASCAR franchise and 2010’s MEGAMIND.