By Mercedes Milligan
July 17, 2023
Netflix today unveiled the official trailer and new images for its animated feature The Monkey King, based on the classic Chinese fantasy epic Journey to the West. Directed by Anthony Stacchi (The Boxtrolls, Open Season), produced by Peilin Chou (Over the Moon, Abominable) and executive produced by Hong Kong comedy-action master Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer), the energetic CG retelling premieres August 18.
Synopsis: The Monkey King is an action-packed family comedy that follows a rebellious and charismatic Monkey and his magical fighting Stick on an epic quest for victory over 100 demons, an eccentric Dragon King, and Monkey’s greatest foe of all — his own ego! Along the way, a young village girl challenges his self-centered attitude and shows him that even the smallest pebble can have a big effect on the world.
The movie features the voices of Jimmy O. Yang as Monkey King, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport as Lin, Nan Li as Stick, Bowen Yang as Dragon King, Jo Koy as Benbo, Ron Yuan as Babbo, Hoon Lee as Jade Emperor, BD Wong as Buddha, Andrew Kishino as Demon of Havoc, Sophie Wu as Red Girl, Andrew Kishino as King Yama, Jodi Long as Wangmu, James Sie as Elder Monkey, Andrew Pang as Mayor, Stephanie Hsu as Mayor’s Wife and Kuno Inghram as Mayor’s Son.
Animation for The Monkey King is provided by ReelFX.