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Earth Farm is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated family science-fiction comedy disaster film produced by Universal Animation. The film is written and directed by William Jennings in his directorial debut, co-written by Thomas Lennon and Erica Rivinoja based on an original idea by Jennings, and produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It is scheduled for release November 5, 2021 by Universal Pictures.
Steven Fischer lives an ordinary life with his wife Marcella and their two teenage children, Nate and Kate. However, one day, their home planet Earth gets abducted by a mysterious giant alien named Murolg who takes it to his home planet to give it as a gift to his son Zog on his 13th birthday. Zog then plays with Earth like a toy or an ant farm by attacking it, causing the whole world to get wrecked and destroyed. It is up to Steven and his family to stop the chaos caused by Zog before it is too late.
Development of Earth Farm began in 2015, when William Jennings first came up with the idea for the film. During that time, Jennings pitched his idea to Universal Animation and the project was eventually green-lit by the studio, although it did not get an official announcement until three years later, on May 31, 2018.
Much akin to Universal's 2010 animated feature Computeropolis 3 as well as 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (in which producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also directed and wrote), Earth Farm will be a homage to and a parody of disaster films, including Twister, Independence Day, Deep Impact, Armageddon, The Core, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, The Impossible, World War Z, Into the Storm, San Andreas, The 5th Wave, and Geostorm. The film was originally intended to be a live-action/CGI hybrid film, but Universal Animation rejected it because the studio would only accept all their films to be entirely animated.
The film's title, Earth Farm, is a pun on "ant farm".
The film is currently scheduled to be released in the United States on November 5, 2021, by Universal Pictures. It was previously set for February 19, but was pushed back to its current date as of February 2019.
- Computeropolis 3, a 2010 Universal animated film that also parodies disaster films.