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Spark
Spark Poster 2017.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Aaron Woodley
Produced by Tracy Grant
Woo-Kyung Jung
Written by Doug Hadders
Adam Rotstein
Aaron Woodley
Starring
Music by Robert Duncan
Editing by Paul Hunter
Aaron Woodley
Studio
  • ToonBox Entertainment
  • Redrover
  • Shanghai Hoongman Technology
  • Gulfstream Pictures
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release date(s) April 22, 2016 (2016-04-22) (TAAFI)
April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14) (United States)
April 28, 2017 (2017-04-28) (Canada)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Canada
South Korea
United States
Language English
Money made $891,925

Spark (known as Spark: A Space Tail in the United States), is a 2016 3D computer-animated science fiction adventure comedy film written and directed by Aaron Woodley, and featuring the voices of Jessica Biel, Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Jace Norman and Alan C. Peterson. The film premiered on April 22, 2016, at the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. It was released on April 14, 2017 in the United States by Open Road Films with distribution sold by Double Dutch International in all international markets except China and South Korea.

Plot

Thirteen years ago, the evil primate General Zhong overthrew his noble brother to seize the throne of the planet Bana, using a spacetime anomaly known as a "slick", which has the ability to create black holes; slicks were made by a wild creature known as a space kraken. The black hole created from the slick partially destroyed Bana, and swallowed up many subjects. Among the few survivors were a baby monkey named Spark, a warrior fox named Vix, and a pig mechanic named Chunk.

In the present, Spark, Vix, Chunk and Spark's forgetful nanny bot, Bananny, secretly live on a shard used as a garbage dump, with Vix and Chunk leading insurgency missions against Zhong, although they constantly forbid Spark from coming along. One day, Spark intercepts an e-mail sent to Vix about a new mission, and decides to take the mission himself without her knowing. The e-mail leads to the Queen of Bana, whom Zhong still permits to live in the palace. After Spark infiltrates the palace and meets the Queen, she hands him a kraken-finder, which Zhong wants to use to find and recapture the space kraken in order to destroy another planet. Spark decides to use it to find the kraken himself; he tames the creature and brings it back to the garbage shard. But he then finds his home raided by Zhong's forces, who then capture both him and the kraken. Zhong forces the kraken to make a new slick into which he hurls Spark, Vix, Chunk and the entire garbage shard.

The trio discover that the slick is actually a wormhole that leads to a desert planet. Vix and Chunk get upset at Spark for causing Zhong to obtain the kraken, and then split up. Spark finds survivors of the first slick, living in the King's old flagship battle cruiser. The Captain of the flagship reveals that Spark is in fact the son of the King and Queen, who entrusted Vix and Chunk to hide and protect him. He also reveals that the King had actually died in an accident some years ago, but Spark has a vision of the King when he visits a memorial to him, and finds a special weapon made for the royal family. Spark then learns from the deceased King that his friends have been captured by giant mutated roaches. Spark, with the help of his father's spirit and his roach friend, Floyd, defeats the mutated roaches and rescues Vix and Chunk. Spark rallies Vix, Chunk, the Captain and his survivors to mount an attack on Zhong, and Chunk figures out a way to use technology to make a slick of their own. In the meantime, Zhong uses the space kraken to intimidate the rest of the galaxy.

The flagship and survivors return to Bana through their own slick, and ultimately defeat Zhong's forces after a prolonged battle. Spark personally rescues the queen from Zhong's own flagship, which gets critically damaged during the battle. Spark decides to rescue his "Uncle" Zhong as well, but the annoyed Queen then punches Zhong into the slick after he "begs" for forgiveness.

The film ends with Spark's friends and allies celebrating him becoming the new Prince of Bana.

Voice cast

  • Jace Norman as Spark, The 13 year old son of the queen and the king and the main protagonist of the film
  • Jessica Biel as Vix a fox and Spark's caretaker
  • Hilary Swank as The Queen, the king’s wife and Spark's mother.
  • Susan Sarandon as Bananny, Spark's forgetful nanny robot.
  • Patrick Stewart as the Flagship Captain
  • Rob deLeeuw as Chunk, Spark's buff warthog friend.
  • Alan C. Peterson as General Zhong, the main antagonist and Spark's uncle.
  • Athena Karkanis as Koko, Zhong's muscular enforcer.
  • Jordan Pettle as The King, the queen’s husband and Spark's father
  • Ivan Sherry as Announcer
  • Evan Taggart as The Artist
  • Aaron Woodley as Floyd, a tiny green roach and Spark's friend.
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