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Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken

Discover the hero just beneath the surface.Jun. 28, 2023USA91 Min.PG
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Ruby Gillman, a sweet and awkward high school student, discovers she’s a direct descendant of the warrior kraken queens. The kraken are sworn to protect the oceans of the world against the vain, power-hungry mermaids. Destined to inherit the throne from her commanding grandmother, Ruby must use her newfound powers to protect those she loves most.

The protagonist of the clunkily named “Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken,” a DreamWorks production directed by Kirk DeMicco, is a headstrong high schooler with a secret: She and her family are aquatic animals passing as humans. Desperate to fit into the social scene in her seaside town, Ruby (voiced by Lana Condor) dutifully keeps up the ruse, but gripes about her parents’ cardinal rule against going in the ocean.

Some evocative visual detail helps unify Ruby’s unruly world. The architectural design in her coastal hamlet is a considered hybrid of midcentury modern and nautical kitsch, and characters’ facial expressions are richly emotive. Underwater aesthetics are sadly sparer, accentuating the fluorescent marine fauna. Lurid neon blobs, like celebrity voice actors, seem a prerequisite for animated adventures these days.

One day, the teen tumbles into the waves and realizes their reason: Upon submergence, Ruby, like her mother (Toni Collette) and grandmother (Jane Fonda) before her, metamorphoses into a colossal tentacled sea creature. This device — conspicuously like the one in Pixar’s “Turning Red” — would be enough to motor a movie. “I’m a monster,” Ruby exclaims after a destructive mishap on terra firma, sending the needle on the viewer’s gauge for puberty metaphors flying into the red.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
Original title Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
IMDb Rating 5.8 2,975 votes
TMDb Rating 7.688 216 votes


Kirk DeMicco


Lana Condor isRuby Gillman (voice)
Ruby Gillman (voice)
Toni Collette isAgatha Gillman (voice)
Agatha Gillman (voice)
Annie Murphy isChelsea Van Der Zee (voice)
Chelsea Van Der Zee (voice)
Sam Richardson isUncle Brill (voice)
Uncle Brill (voice)
Liza Koshy isMargo (voice)
Margo (voice)
Will Forte isGordon Lighthouse (voice)
Gordon Lighthouse (voice)
Colman Domingo isArthur Gillman (voice)
Arthur Gillman (voice)
Jaboukie Young-White isConnor (voice)
Connor (voice)
Blue Chapman isSam Gillman (voice)
Sam Gillman (voice)
Ramona Young isBliss (voice)
Bliss (voice)

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  • i slayOctober 10, 2023Reply

    this site won’t let me watch it soooo… i give it a 0-10

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