A new talking dog film has been given to us in the tradition of The Secret Life of Pets, Homeward Bound, Cats & Dogs, Milo & Otis, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. However, ‘Strays’: Release Date, Cast has a lot more edge than those family-friendly films. This new comedy appears to follow in the footsteps of Ted, Sausage Party, The Happy time Murders, and Good Boys, which took specific themes that were typically considered kid-friendly and transformed them into filthy R-rated comedies. Of course, it’ll be much cuter.
We could be looking at one of the biggest comedic hits of 2023 thanks to a creative team that comprises some of Hollywood’s top talent for comedy both in front of and behind the camera, talking dogs that curse, and a release date in the height of summer.
The original release date for Strays was June 9, 2023. The seventh installment in Paramount’s hugely popular franchise, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, would have faced the movie in the opening weekend. The movie will now be released on August 18, 2023, a date that Universal had originally set aside for an unnamed comedy written by and starring SNL’s Please Don’t Destroy. Strays will now open up against the WWII drama White Bird from Lionsgate and the DC Comics film Blue Beetle.
When a major studio schedules a comedy for the summer, it usually indicates that they have faith in the movie. In the case of Universal and Strays, this seems to be the case. In an interview with Collider’s own Steve Weintraub, director Greenbaum discussed the movie’s test screenings.
“So yeah, our very first preview was a thrill for me, the studio, and everyone watching because it tested very, very well, particularly for a first screening, but we also just got full applause and full hooting and screaming in our climactic kind of moment. Then I thought, “Oh, this is working.” It’s all very exciting and encouraging, and I assume it will continue. But that was a lot of fun, and we haven’t done such previews in a while.
A number of R-rated comedies have found commercial success in August in the past, including Tropic Thunder, We’re the Millers, and Superbad. So the shift shouldn’t worry us too much.
Will Be Streaming?
Strays will receive an exclusive theatrical release, despite the fact that Universal is one of the few companies left that still sends some of its films to its streaming service concurrently with theatrical releases or even just entirely to streaming.
Following its theatrical run, the movie will be streamable on Peacock, as Universal has done with other important films like M3GAN and Cocaine Bear.
Josh Greenbaum is the movie Strays’ director. The Short Game, Becoming Bond, and Too Funny to Fail: The Life & Death of the Dana Carvey Show are just a few of the documentaries that Greenbaum directed that helped him become well-known. Later, with the comedy Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar, starring Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, and Jamie Dornan, he made his feature film directorial debut.
Dan Perrault, who co-created the beloved but brief mockumentary series American Vandal on Netflix and the mockumentary series Players on Paramount+, wrote the screenplay for the movie and also serves as its producer. Aditya Sood (Cocaine Bear), Erik Feig (Cha Cha Real Smooth), and Louis Leterrier (Fast X) are among the producers on the movie alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the team behind the Jump Street flicks, The Lego Movie, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
The movie’s score was written by Dara Taylor (Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar), and Tim Orr (Fleishman Is in Trouble) was the director of photography.
Sum It Up!
‘Strays’: Release Date, Cast is poised to become one of the biggest comedic hits of 2023. This talking dog film takes a unique approach by infusing edge and adult humor into a traditionally family-friendly genre. Drawing inspiration from films like “Ted” and “Sausage Party,” “Strays” combines talking dogs that curse with a cute and hilarious storyline.
The film benefits from a talented creative team that includes some of Hollywood’s top comedy talents both in front of and behind the camera. Director Josh Greenbaum, known for his work on documentaries and his feature film debut “Barb & Star Go to Vista del Mar,” brings his expertise to deliver a memorable and uproarious experience. The screenplay, written by Dan Perrault, co-creator of the acclaimed mockumentary series “American Vandal,” ensures a clever and humorous narrative.