‘Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken’ Trailer: Dreamworks’ Aquatic Coming-Of-Age Tale Emerges Next Month

It’s time to go under the sea for an emotional, thrilling story about self-confidence, overcoming prejudice, and female empowerment. No, it’s not The Little Mermaid. It’s Dreamworks Animation’s Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken, about an aquatic teenage girl who is eager to be part of another world.

Lana Condor voices 16-year-old Ruby Gillman, a shy kraken girl who just wants to fit in with the other students at Oceanside High. The problem is that krakens are frowned upon in society, while all of the attention goes to the mermaids, who are popular and trusted completely by humans. But everything is not what it seems. Mermaids aren’t who they project themselves to be, and neither is Ruby, who learns she is from a long line of warrior krakens meant to inherit the throne.

Toni Collette voices Ruby’s commanding, overprotective mother, with Annie Murphy, Sam Richardson, Colman Domingo, Jaboukie Young-White, Liza Koshy, Blue Chaptman, and Jane Fonda also part of the cast. The film was directed by The Croods filmmaker Kirk DeMicco from a script co-written by Emmy-winning South Park producer Pam Brady.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken opens on June 30th.



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