‘The Monkey King’ Trailer: Jimmy O. Yang Voices The Legendary Chinese Myth For Netflix This August

Some stories have been around for decades and adapted dozens of times, each attempting to find something new to say or a different interpretation. But in the case of Netflix’s The Monkey King, the animated film is based on a Chinese myth that is literally centuries old. Fortunately, this legendary tale looks brand new in the hands of director Anthony Stacchi, whose previous work on The Boxtrolls earned him acclaim.

Featuring the voices of Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu, and BD Wong, The Monkey King follows the charismatic and rebellious monkey who uses his magical fighting stick to save the land from demons, the Dragon King, all while battling his own enormous ego.

The vibrant animation and visuals are from ReelFX (Scoob!), while Stephen Chow, known for Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle, is aboard as exec-producer. One can imagine he had a lot of input on the Monkey King’s wisecracking persona.

Here’s the synopsis: The Monkey King is an action-packed family comedy that follows a rebellious and charismatic Monkey and his magical fighting Stick on an epic quest for victory over 100 demons, an eccentric Dragon King, and Monkey’s greatest foe of all —his own ego! Along the way, a young village girl challenges his self-centered attitude and shows him that even the smallest pebble can have a big effect on the world.

The Monkey King hits Netflix on August 18th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.