This Fourth of July celebration coming is going to be wild. You think you’ve seen fireworks before? You think you’ve seen crowded parks? Considering we weren’t really able to celebrate the day last year, this one promises to be pretty special. And Netflix is offering its viewers something to commemorate the occasion: the R-rated animated film America: The Motion Picture, which takes a comical, wildly-revisionist take on the founding of this country.
Channing Tatum leads the voice cast as George Washington, with Simon Pegg as King James, Bobby Moynihan as Paul Revere, Raoul Trujillo as Geronimo, and Jason Mantzoukas as a beer-loving Sam Adams, along with Judy Greer, Olivia Munn, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, rapper Killer Mike, Amber Nash, and more.
The script is by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings writer Dave Callaham, with Archer exec-producer Matt Thompson directing. He knows a thing or two about absurdist animation and his skills are definitely in play here. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also on board as producers, and we know everything they touch turns to gold. They’re coming off another animated Netflix film, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which is one of the year’s best.
SYNOPSIS: In this wildly tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history, a chainsaw-wielding George Washington assembles a team of rabble-rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a very pissed off Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution. Who will win? No one knows, but you can be sure of one thing: these are not your father’s Founding… uh, Fathers.
America: The Motion Picture hits Netflix on June 30th.