“The Emoji Movie” soars into Cannes on the Eve of the Festival’s 70th Anniversary

CANNES, FRANCE – On Tuesday May 16th, on the eve of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, actor T.J. Miller (who voices Gene) from “The Emoji Movie” was in Cannes to celebrate the opening of the film festival and the worldwide launch of the film trailer with an exciting stunt and colourful Photo Call on the French Riviera.

“The Emoji Movie” will be released in theaters by Columbia Pictures globally from the 28th July 2017.

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions.

Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris).

Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

Shows: Cannes, France – 16th May 2017


Duration 1’ 30”

Including T.J. Miller’s arrival into Cannes Film Festival on a parasail

T.J. Miller then launches the trailer alongside some of the Emoji characters from the movie.


Duration: 4’ 42”

Timelapse of Emoji photocall stage

T.J. Miller parasail stunt


Emoji characters around Cannes


Duration: 1’ 21”

4 soundbites from T.J. Miller (Gene) & Kate Miller (Heart Eyes)

1. on his parasail into Cannes

2. on how they feel to be in Cannes

3. on the movie

4. on the parasail stunt


Duration: 2’ 00”


Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village in April 2017; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie in August 2017; the inspirational The Star in November 2017; Hotel Transylvania 3 in September 2018; and an animated Spider-Man feature from the minds of directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018.  The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  In 2007, Surf’s Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania will be available on home entertainment in January 2017.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Silly now available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002.  Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.