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Computeropolis: The Deep Web (released as Computeropolis 4.0 in some markets) is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated science fiction action-comedy film produced by Universal Animation Studios and Gingo Animation for Universal Pictures. The nineteenth feature film from Gingo and the 28th feature film from Universal Animation overall, it is the fourth installment in the Computeropolis franchise, following 2010's Computeropolis 3, and was directed by Audel LaRoque from a screenplay by LaRoque, Robert L. Baird, Erica Rivinoja, and Mike Reiss, and a story by LaRoque, Michael Wildshill, and Ash Brannon. In this film, Peri and his friends take a journey to the Deep Web, led by Rulio, a bootleg knockoff mixture of Elmo and Mario, before Peri prepares to leave for college. However, after rescuing a young woman named Zola from many mean-spirited apes called "donkeys", they soon discover that Rulio is responsible for making the bootlegs of this world and plans to create a virus that could destroy Peri's computer, so they must stop him before it is too late.
Jesse McCartney, David Spade, Sarah Silverman, Jon Lovitz, Jennifer Tilly, David Hyde Pierce, Jodi Benson, Dan Fogler, William Shatner, and Eddie Izzard reprise their roles from the previous installments, with Harland Williams reprising his role from the first two films. New cast members include Dan Middleton, Millie Bobby Brown, Zach King, Felicia Day, Keegan-Michael Key, Elizabeth Banks, Danny Glover, Steve Zahn, Alan Tudyk, and Steve Coogan.
Computeropolis: The Deep Web premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2018, and was released in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D on May 4, 2018. It has received generally positive reviews from critics, with many considering it an improvement over its predecessor, as well as praising its animation, concept and satire, but criticized its pop culture references including references to the adult-oriented Planet of the Apes in a family film. Despite similarly positive audience reception, the film has grossed $636.7 million worldwide, and has underperformed after grossing lower than expected in the opening weekend. However the box office gross made it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2018.
A mysterious ship steals an extremely rare golden gem from a secret laboratory via a gemstone-selling website called GemTube and takes it to the Deep Web, a city located far away from Computeropolis. The Desktop Component League (DCL) tries to send seventeen-year-old Peri Dazz and his partner/best friend Nicky Kickzoo to track down those responsible and retrieve the golden gem, but Peri is about to leave for college, and intends to take his computer with him so he can spend time with his friends. However, Peri reluctantly agrees to go to the Deep Web and take the gem back to GemTube.
Peri and Nicky invite Peri's girlfriend/mate Vinna Binz, Peri's friend Travis and the rest of the DCL members to help and grudgingly accept the help of the DCL's leader and founder, Manager Marc, and his assistant, Commander Cindy, who take them to the Deep Web by their boat. The gang is welcomed by super-intelligent apes in the Deep Web, and is given a tour by Rulio, a bootleg knockoff mixture of Elmo and Mario. While Marc and Cindy stay with the boat, Peri and his friends encounter many strange commodities of the Deep Web such as toy and nursery rhyme channels for children and multi-colored flower-like creatures known as "flowies" while searching for the golden gem. However, they are found by many mean-spirited apes formerly loyal to the human-hating bonobo Koba derogatorily called "donkeys," led by a "donkey" gorilla named Red, who forced them to leave the Deep Web and never return. The DCL members choose to stay, but the "donkeys" end up capturing them and take them to their prison.
The gang meets Zola, a young ape-obsessed woman who is willing to escape the prison and has a hatred for "donkeys" who torture her. Peri and the gang manage to rescue Zola and escape the prison. Not wanting to be alone and unprotected, Zola follows the DCL team. During their mission to find the golden gem, the gang encounters a group of intelligent apes that work as construction workers, led by chimpanzee Rutt, who Zola tries to befriend but the ape construction workers need to concentrate on their construction site. Zola instead ends up spending time with Peri while helping him. Nicky and Vinna become suspicious of Zola's motives, but Peri refuses to accept their statement and the rest of the DCL gang leave on their own, leaving Peri and Zola behind. Peri and Zola eventually find the golden gem in an abandoned warehouse, but are caught by Rulio, duel gun-wielding boy Scully, swordswoman Ella, Red and the rest of the "donkeys". Rulio tells them that once he puts the gem on his new machine, he will create a new army of minions, but only if Peri and Zola agree to play in the "Ruliolympics" games against Scully, Ella and the "donkeys", and make a wager with Rulio: he will give the gem back to them if they win, but Rulio will keep the gem and Peri and Zola will go back to prison if they lose.
At the games, the flying pig family Benny and Lizzy and their son Brutus help Peri and Zola win the "Ruliolympics" in order to get the gem back. When they won the game and got the gem back, Zola encourages Peri to visit her chimpanzee friend Erik, the leader of a colony of apes known as "The Deep Web Apes" so they can spend time with the two, but Peri feels drawn to help his DCL friends take the gem back to GemTube and go to college while Zola tells him that she cannot go with him, and that she only wanted to stay in the Deep Web. Peri refuses to believe her and continues on alone to retrieve the gem, but unwittingly finds himself in Rulio's castle, where he discovers a crown which actually belonged to Zola, revealing that she was the queen and leader of the Deep Web.
Rulio and his gang return to the castle, and Rulio talks to them, saying that he wants the gem back so he can create a new army of minions to track down the Deep Web, despite losing the game the other day. He also orders the rest of the "donkeys" to capture Zola and bring her to the castle so the machine Rulio is using for the gem will destroy her and the city. Shocked, Peri takes the crown and returns to the rest of the DCL team to show both the gem and the crown to them. He tells them that Zola was the queen of the Deep Web and warns them that the gem will kill Zola and destroy the Deep Web when the gem is slotted on Rulio's machine. As Peri goes alone to give Zola's lost crown back to her while the rest of the group stays with the gem, the DCL are suddenly captured by Rulio and his minions, who also captured Zola as well, and Rulio takes the gem, while Benny, Lizzy and Brutus watch this. They later warn Peri about Rulio capturing all his friends.
Peri teams up with the pigs, Erik and his ape team, and they arrive at the castle's tower to confront Rulio and his minions and rescue Zola and the DCL. A fight issues, as Peri frees his friends and fights with Rulio over the gem. However, as they fight, Peri accidentally lets the gem fall off the tower, landing on the ground which caused the gem to break into pieces. Enraged, Rulio tries to kill Peri for destroying the gem, but Zola knocks Rulio unconscious with a surprise egg and saves Peri. Rulio then gets corrupted and turns into pixel dusts. With Rulio now gone, Zola returns to her place as the queen of the Deep Web and recovers the gem for Peri and the DCL.
After saving the Deep Web, Peri and the gang head back home while Zola and the others say goodbye to them. Peri goes to the real world and finally takes his computer to college, where he reunites with his DCL friends via the portal to Computeropolis.
- Main article: List of Computeropolis characters
- Jesse McCartney as Peri Dazz, a computer-obsessed teenage boy, Nicky's best friend and a member of the DCL
- David Spade as Nicky Kickzoo, Peri's video game character and partner and a member of the DCL
- Sarah Silverman as Vinna Binz, a teenage girl, Peri's mate and a member of the DCL
- Jon Lovitz as Notepad Ned, a member of the DCL and Paula's fiancé
- Lovitz also voices Paul, an internet officer in Computeropolis
- Jennifer Tilly as Painting Paula, a member of the DCL and Ned's love interest
- Dan Fogler as Travis, a clumsy and overweight boy – one of Peri's friends
- David Hyde Pierce as Manager Marc, the leader and founder of the DCL
- Jodi Benson as Commander Cindy, a member of the DCL and Marc's administrative assistant and mate
- Dan "DanTDM" Middleton as Rulio, a bootleg knockoff mixture of Elmo and Mario and the leader of the Bootleg Army and the Deep Web
- Millie Bobby Brown as Zola, a beautiful mysterious girl who is revealed to be the real leader and queen of the Deep Web
- Zach King as Scully, a duel gun-wielding boy who is part of Rulio's army
- Felicia Day as Ella, a member of Rulio's army
- Keegan-Michael Key as Brutus, a flying pig and the son of Lizzy and Benny
- Elizabeth Banks as Lizzy, a flying pig and the wife of Benny and the mother of Brutus
- Danny Glover as Benny, a flying pig and the husband of Lizzy and the father of Brutus
- Harland Williams as Flicky, a flowy, a species of multi-colored flower-like creatures from a fictional educational YouTube channel targeted towards young children, with bad grammar and broken English
- Williams also voices a waiter ape
- Steve Zahn as Red Flowy, one of the flowies
- Alan Tudyk as Green Flowy, one of the flowies
- Steve Coogan as Blue Flowy, one of the flowies
- Ty Olsson as Red, a Western lowland gorilla who is the leader of the "donkeys", now part of Rulio's army
- Aleks Paunovic as Winter, an albino Western lowland gorilla and a dim-witted member of the "donkeys"
- Fred Tatasciore as Winter's speaking voice
- William Shatner as Frank, an internet officer in Computeropolis
- Eddie Izzard as Fredrick Moss, the mayor of Computeropolis
- Patrick Stewart as Erik, a common chimpanzee who is the leader and king of the Deep Web Apes
- Catherine Keener as Lavender, a common chimpanzee who is the queen of the Deep Web Apes and Erik's mate
- Sam Elliott as Abe, a Western lowland gorilla who is a member of the Deep Web Apes
- Neil Patrick Harris as Lulu, a common chimpanzee who is an insultant and member of the Deep Web Apes
- Audel LaRoque as Carniolus, a Bornean orangutan who is an elder of Erik's tribe of apes in the deep web
- LaRoque also voices various surprise eggs
- Kari Wahlgren as Carol, the computer voice in Computeropolis
- Tress MacNeille as Heather Dazz, Peri's mother
- Jeff Bennett as Earl Dazz, Peri's father
- Michael Wildshill as Clippit, an intelligent user interface
- Wildshill also voices various surprise eggs
- Chris Edgerly as Bill, a lab worker who increased Peri the PC Chip
- Corey Burton as Sam, a lab worker who is Bill's assistant
- John DiMaggio as Rutt, a common chimpanzee who is the leader and boss of the Ape Construction Workers. DiMaggio previously voiced Junior Hacker in Computeropolis 2.
- Maurice LaMarche as Carl, a common chimpanzee who is a member of the Ape Construction Workers
- Tara Strong as Vivian James, a mascot for Gamergate
- Andy Nyman as Pad, a common chimpanzee and a "donkey" ape who is Red's partner
- Gary Hall as Carl's brother
- William Jennings as Ape Announcer
- Amy McNeill as Ape Girl
- Jason Harris Katz as Ape Worker
- Mike Reiss as Surprise Egg
- Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada, a boy with intelligence far beyond his years
- Jess Harnell as Media Player Mike, a member of the DCL who doesn't talk but mostly makes music and sounds
- Chris Abazzi
- Carlos Alazraqui
- Dee Bradley Baker
- Ryan Bartley
- Michael Bell
- Bob Bergen
- Gregg Berger
- Steve Blum
- Dave Boat
- Clancy Brown
- Phillip Calvi
- Cam Clarke
- Jason Connery
- David Cowgill
- Jim Cummings
- Brian T. Delaney
- Debi Derryberry
- Holly Dorff
- Terri Douglas
- Newton Fanning
- Jackie Gonneau
- Barbara Goodson
- Grey Griffin
- Jess Harnell
- Jason Harris
- Richard Horvitz
- Karen Huie
- Daniel Kaz
- Lex Lang
- Mona Marshall
- Scott Menville
- Adam Stephenson Miller
- Edie Mirman
- Cody Moore
- Laraine Newman
- Paul Pape
- Bryce Papenbrook
- Mary Parent
- Courtney Peldon
- Ryan Potter
- Megan Richie
- Neil Ross
- Roger Craig Smith
- Karen Stimson
- Tara Strong
- Fred Tatasciore
- Kirk Thornton
- Audrey Wasilewski
- Joe Whyte
- Dave Wittenberg
- Matthew Wood
- ViviAnn Yee
- Shelby Young
- Ruth Zalduondo
Popular culture cameos and referencesEdit
In addition to Hiro Hamada and the Planet of the Apes characters, the film also features cameo appearances of the rest of the Vocaloids including: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin and Len, Megurine Luka, Kaito, and Meiko. Ico and Yorda from Ico, characters from Yaku Tsuu: Noroi no Game, Adventurer from Ruins, Northern Boy from Treo Fiskur, Bibu from Pink Sword of the Bibu, the Paint Boy from Paint, Tiny Spaceman from Apollo 31, Jenkins and Lou from Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou, the Homeless Girl from Can I Stay?, Rubi from The Hands, and popular YouTube personalities PewDiePie and Markiplier make cameo appearances in the film as well. Because of this, Universal and Gingo (via NBCUniversal/Comcast) acquired these character licenses from all of their respectful owners (including the Hiro Hamada character license from Disney), a first for the series.
In 2008, Gingo CEO Geo G. stated there was likely to be a fourth installment in the franchise. However, in March 2010, Computeropolis 3 director Mike Moon said, "It's too early to tell. There hasn't been a lot of discussion about that." In June 2010, Audel LaRoque spoke of the possibility of the fourth film, noting, "Everyone's waiting for more, but we don't have any ideas yet. If we do, then we can make a Computeropolis 4. There isn't anything to say." Though Gingo has kept details of the Computeropolis 4's development secret, work on the fourth film began around the time Gabriel Garza was released in 2011. On September 12, 2011, it was reported that Jesse McCartney was willing to return to reprise his role as Peri Dazz in a fourth Computeropolis film if Gingo ever decided to produce one. In June 2012, Universal Studios denied rumors that a Computeropolis 4 was in production with a 2014 release date, saying that "nothing is official".
On July 2, 2013, after years of rumors and speculation, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke officially announced that Universal Animation Studios and Gingo had begun pre-production on Computeropolis 4. Audel LaRoque will return to direct, while he is writing the screenplay by himself. LaRoque and Michael Wildshill wrote a film treatment based on a discussion among themselves and Ash Brannon. LaRoque has stated that Gingo decided to produce the sequel because of their "pure passion" for the series. LaRoque said Computeropolis 4 will feature internet meme and infamous bootleg references.
In November 2015, LaRoque revealed via Twitter that he had begun writing the screenplay for the fourth film. In January 2016, Universal announced that the fourth film would be released on March 2, 2018. In April 2016 at the CinemaCon, LaRoque said that the film would focus on Peri and his friends going to the deep web, also known as the "bootleg world." In June 2016, the film's official title was announced as Computeropolis: Deep of the Web. The following month, it was confirmed that Mary Parent was brought in to produce the film. By November 2016, the film was retitled as Computeropolis: The Deep Web, in order to grammatically correct the film's title.
All of the characters in this film will be created in CGI key-frame animation, while all of the ape characters from the Planet of the Apes will be created with a mixture of motion-capture and CGI key-frame animation in this film, as they were performed in motion-capture technology and animated in CGI in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. In addition, Universal also announced that some new original apes will be made for the film. However, this film will not feature the appearances of the main ape characters in the Planet of the Apes reboot films (mainly Caesar, Maurice, Rocket, Luca, Bad Ape, etc.) but a completely different tribe of apes separated from Caesar's ape colony.
According to a report by Deadline published in August 2013, David Spade was in negotiations to reprise his role of Nicky Kickzoo. In September 2013, it was confirmed by the press that Jesse McCartney would reprise the role of Peri in the fourth film. Universal announced in January 2016 that McCartney and Spade would reprise their roles as Peri and Nicky, respectively. In April 2016, it was announced that Dan Middleton, an English YouTube personality and professional gamer known as DanTDM, had joined the cast to voice a new character in the fourth film, while Sarah Silverman and Dan Fogler will return to voice Vinna Binz and Travis, respectively.
In February 2017, Universal announced that Millie Bobby Brown, Elizabeth Banks, Danny Glover and Keegan-Michael Key were cast as new characters in the film. In July 2017, new details were announced; it was confirmed that Middleton's character's name was revealed to be Rulio, a bootleg knockoff mixture of Elmo and Mario, and that Adam Stephenson Miller was added as co-producer. It was also announced that, under license from The Walt Disney Company, Hiro Hamada from the 2014 Disney animated film Big Hero 6 would appear with his respective actor Ryan Potter, along with the apes from the Planet of the Apes reboot films and the rest of the Vocaloids.
In November 2017, Steve Zahn, Alan Tudyk and Steve Coogan joined the voice cast as flowies. Patrick Stewart, Catherine Keener, Sam Elliott and Neil Patrick Harris had also been announced in the cast in January 2018, as well as Michael Wildshill reprising his role as Clippit while director Audel LaRoque will voice Carniolus.
- Main article: Computeropolis: The Deep Web/Soundtrack
In August 2016, it was confirmed that John Debney and Heitor Pereira would return to compose the score. On June 2, 2017, Debney and Pereira confirmed that they had started working with the film's score.
The Deep Web premiered on April 18, 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was released in the United States on May 4, 2018 by Universal Pictures in 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D. It was originally scheduled for release on March 2, 2018, but in June 2016, Universal advanced the release date to April 13, 2018. The main reason cited by The Hollywood Reporter was to avoid competition with another 2018 animated film that takes place on the internet, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The release was then shifted to July 27, 2018, but then was moved once again two months earlier to May 23, 2018 to avoid competition with Teen Titans Go! To the Movies. By March 2018, it was moved up three weeks earlier to May 4, taking over the slot previously held by Avengers: Infinity War.
The first teaser trailer of The Deep Web was released online on December 6, 2017, and was shown during screenings of films such as Lix, Ferdinand, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. A second trailer aired during Super Bowl LII on February 4, 2018. A 30-second teaser trailer was released on April 11, 2018, announcing the release of a third full trailer on April 13. Licensing partners include Jazwares, Funko and Subway, who have produced toys based on the film. Universal launched a website for the Deep Web that ultimately included miscellaneous information about the location, as well as a video featuring apes of the Deep Web. The film will also have its own VR game, being Gingo's first VR development.
As of June 20, 2018, Computeropolis: The Deep Web has grossed $111.8 million in the United States and Canada and $524.9 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $636.7 million. Based on the film's production budget of $116 million, with about $320 million more spent on global marketing costs, the film will need to gross at least $750 million in order to break-even.
In North America, Computeropolis: The Deep Web opened alongside Overboard, Tully and Bad Samaritan, and was projected to gross $110-$120 million in its opening weekend. It played in 4,379 theaters, setting the second record for widest release of all-time, only behind Despicable Me 3 in 2017. After grossing only $23.1 million on the first day, projections were lowered to $50-$60 million. The film ended up debuting to $46.6 million, well below expectations and the lowest debut of the franchise as well as the lowest opening weekend gross for Universal Animation Studios. Deadline Hollywood estimates the film may end up losing $90-$100 million for the studio due to the poor reception in North America with its home video sales expected to cover up the losses and competition from Avengers: Infinity War.
Internationally the film was released in five markets on April 20, 2018 and grossed $9.9 million in its opening weekend. In its third week of release the film opened in 47 more markets, grossing $105.8 million.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 69% based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Computeropolis: The Deep Web pokes a wide range of fun at the bizarre entities -- both perky and disturbing -- of the signature world wide web, but not without promoting a return-to-form for the previously downgraded franchise." Another review aggregator Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 59 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.
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On the possibility of a potential sequel, in April 2018, Audel LaRoque, director of the film, stated that a fifth installment is already being considered. In June, LaRoque stated that he planned to include references to several of Universal Pictures' properties, including their own films, Gingo properties, Illumination films, and DreamWorks Animation properties in the fifth film, when he and the crew saw the second trailer for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.
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