As late as January 2018, when the project was still titled Amusement Park Paramount dismissed its director Dylan Brown after investigating complaints about "inappropriate and unwanted behavior." According to reports of the time The behavior of the former Pixar animator involved the touching and caressing of female employees.
Sources tell Cartoon Brew that following the firing of Brown several directors were offered credit by the director, but nobody wanted to call their name the movie for fear that it would be detrimental to their careers. The film's reviews give an indication of why no one wanted his name in the movie and point to the tonal imbalance that arises between the brilliant adventure sequences and the darker themes of the story. Opinions about the aesthetics of animation are shared, but the stylistic choices are unremarkable.
In his review for Indiewire, David Ehrlich remarked:
The problem might be that Wonder Park, Like so many of the less refined 3D animated films that Hollywood releases, it's just annoying to see more to look at for a few seconds. The plastic designs seem like a soulless, Skynet-like artificial intelligence that lowers the standards for children, so that in the middle age of ticket buying they are more tolerant of mediocrity and lack of art. The huge eyes of June make it easy to read their feelings but impossible to believe.
Kristen Page-Kirby wrote in The Washington Post :
Much of the film feels like filler. Shots are often too long; Draw scenes or are completely unnecessary. If the adventure in Wonderland in June is the engine of history, why does it take almost 40 minutes to get there? Pixar can tell us how to grow up with loved ones from childhood and live a long, happy life together ̵1; all in the first 10 minutes of Up. Why do we have to spend hours watching one scene after another to demonstrate that June likes to build things?
Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter :
Like so many animated films these days, he buries His ideas in a visual and acoustic cacophony of frenzied action sequences designed to create the shortest attention span. It also has a gallery of lovable animal figures that are obviously designed to fly off the shelves of toy stores, assuming that the goods are being put up for sale in the theater lobby.
On the other hand, although the film has ultimately left a negative impression Review, Variety's s Owen Gleiberman praised Wonder Park & # 39; s Animation:
The animation in Wonder Park is never less than structured, sculpted, world-class. There is hardly a mainstream animated film that is less than a miracle in its witty sensuality and tactile precision, and Wonder Park has images that delight the eyes in its blockbuster story book.
] The animation, which Gleiberman calls world-class, was created by the Ilion Animation Studios in Madrid. In 2017, the Spanish company signed a multi-year partnership with Skydance Animation, the now competitive studio where John Lasseter leads animation. One of the projects in which Ilion Animation Studio collaborates with Skydance is Luck a feature that was recently on the news when actress Emma Thompson left the feature in protest over Lasseter's stance.
Despite Wonder Park's uneven quality, Paramount believes the film could perform well with young audiences, and has heavily promoted the film for children, even Captain Marvel in TV commercials in the last three weeks. The studio spent an estimated $ 27.4 million on television advertising, and many of the editions were used for advertisements during Nickelodeon shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, The Loud House and Paw Patrol. The studio also heavily promoted the film on the old networks – CBS, ABC and NBC.
Paramount has a reason for the film to succeed; According to a report in Deadline, the film cost $ 100 million, an incredible number for an animated film produced in Spain. The exorbitant cost could be traced back to all the years that the film spent in the development of Paramount.
Deadline also reports that the film is over-performing due to Friday's early return of the box office and may well start over $ 20 million, far exceeding the original projections of $ 10-14 million a weak start for such an expensive title.