“Wendell & Wild” Trailer Reunites Key & Peele

Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key are two of the funniest people alive. They were the best part of the waning years of MADtv and delivered some of the most innovative sketch comedy over five seasons of Key & Peele. But since the latter ended, they haven't collaborated. Peele has been busy winning Oscars and becoming a box office draw for his masterful horror movies. Key has simply been a working actor, with a lot of voice work and roles in ensemble comedies like Friends from College and Reboot. But this dynamic duo is back together for this dark animated feature.

The two voice the titular characters, mischievous demons who try to use Kat (Lyric Ross from This Is Us) to move into the real world. This project marks the first feature from the great Henry Selick since 2009's Coraline. The master of stop-motion features has had a lot of unrealized projects in the years since, including a canceled deal at Pixar. While Selick has often gone unsung as a filmmaker - partly because Tim Burton's name appears above the title in The Nightmare Before Christmas - his return to feature films is cause for celebration. He'll likely be a nominee for Best Animated Feature again. This could be the rare year a non-Disney film wins.

Wendell & Wild streams exclusively on Netflix on Friday, October 28.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.