Adam Sandler Meets Donkey Kong: A Preview of ‘Pixels’

By Vince Matthews

Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage are washed-up video gamers from the 1980s in the action/comedy Pixels. They only have one life to play when they come up against an alien invasion – in the form of classic arcade video games.

Adam Sandler and Josh Gad take aim at Centipede – and the summer box office. (© 2015 Sony Pictures)

Pac-Man, Donkey King and other pixel protagonists do a good job of putting the stars through their paces, but can these beloved video game characters help Pixels rise above a pack of blockbuster summer movies?

The trailer makes the movie look like tons of fun. And for gamers, features countless easter eggs:

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Directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), the movie is based on a concept by Patrick Jean, a guy that knows how to make an independent short film.

Jean was approached by several studios to turn his short film into a big budget feature, but as he told the video game website Polygon, “We ended up signing with Adam and his production company Happy Madison for three main reasons. One: Adam was perfect as the lead character of our story. Two: With him, the movie was probably going to happen. Three: I love his movies. I knew he would give the project a truly unique identity.”

The visual effects in Pixels are based on the 2010 short film of the same name – where items that are overtaken by the pixels turn to 8-bit blocks:

Because of the striking visual effects in Pixels, we’re betting filmgoers will be lined up to make this a summer smash. Today’s audiences can’t get enough of big and amazing visual effects, like you find in many of the best summer movies.

Amazing Effects
This summer, kids and teens from across the U.S. and Canada will be ready to learn how to create visual effects for their own cool movies, by attending a Digital Media Academy tech camp, held on great college and university campuses.