Directed by Tim Johnson
Produced by Chris Jenkins
Screenplay by Tom J. Astle
Based on The True Meaning of Smekday
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates March 27, 2015 on Theater
Home is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated buddy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is based on Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday and stars Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin. Tim Johnson is the director of the film, Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy are its producers, and the adaptation is by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. The story takes place on planet Earth, where an alien race called the Boov invades, a teenage girl named Tip manages to avoid capture and goes on the run.
The film was released in theaters on March 27, 2015. Home was promoted with the release of a four-minute short film, titled Almost Home, and premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival on March 7, 2015. Besides lending her voice to the film, Rihanna also created a concept album of the same name — the soundtrack also includes guest vocals from Jennifer Lopez among others. The soundtrack was supported by two singles — "Towards the Sun" and "Feel the Light" — and was met with moderate success on music charts.
On the run from their enemy the Gorgs, the Boov have found a new planet to call home, Earth. Led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), they commence their friendly invasion of the planet, relocating the humans to other parts of the planet while the Boov inhabit their homes. One of the Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons) is a more excited, free-thinking member of the species. He invites all the other Boov to his apartment for a housewarming party. None of the Boov show up and Oh is left feeling lonely. Not far from Oh is a teenage girl named Tip (Rihanna) and her mother Lucy (Jennifer Lopez) is separated from her during the invasion, leaving Tip with her pet cat Pig and fueling her hatred for the Boov. One Boov enters Tip's home, leaving her no choice but to make a run for it. She takes her car and decides to take it upon herself to find her mother.
Oh runs into the street to find a Boov cop named Kyle (Matt L. Jones), who, like the rest of the Boov, are annoyed with Oh. He invites him to the party, and then decides to send a mass invite to every Boov on Earth. Oh hits "reply all", which goes to everybody in the galaxy, including the Gorgs. The Boov panic and declare Oh a fugitive. The little alien just barely manages to escape. He runs into a convenience store to grab stuff, just as Tip and Pig are doing. Tip runs into Oh and shoves him into the fridge, trapping him with a broom. She decides to leave him there until her car fails to start. Oh offers to fix it, so Tip reluctantly lets him out. He turns it into a hovercar that runs on slushies. Oh hitches a ride with Tip when he promises to help her find her mother, but they have to go to Paris to find the Boov Command Center and locate her through that.
Smek summons the smartest Boov to come up with a solution to stop Oh's invitation from reaching the Gorg in less than 30 hours. After a few bad suggestions, one of the smart Boov starts to say they can delete the invitation, until Smek takes credit for that plan. The Boov are shocked to find that they can't log into Oh's E-Mail because his password is unique, unlike everyone elses. Smek sends Kyle to find Oh and arrest him. Tip and Oh stop at a gas station. Oh tries to reroute the GPS on the car to take him to Antarctica to get away from every Boov in sight. Kyle shows up and tries to arrest Oh, when Tip comes back and knocks some boxes over him. She shoves Oh around when she realizes he tried to ditch her and back out on his promise. She straps him to the passenger's seat and flies the car herself, evading Kyle and making it over the ocean..