It has been five years since the world was introduced to the imaginative world of Tim Templeton and his unusual, black-suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying younger brother, Ted, in The Boss Baby.
With James Marsden taking over the role of an adult Tim, I got the chance to catch up with the actor to chat about the making a new chapter in the franchise, The Boss Baby 2: Family Business.
In The Boss Baby: Family Business 2, the Templeton brothers—Tim (James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business.
Tim and his wife, Carol (Eva Longoria), the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart 7-year-old daughter Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt), and adorable new infant Tina (Amy Sedaris).
Tabitha, who’s at the top her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood, idolizes her Uncle Ted and wants to become like him, but Tim, still in touch with his overactive youthful imagination, worries that she’s working too hard and is missing out on a normal childhood.
When baby Tina reveals that she’s—ta-da!—a top secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Edwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum), it will reunite the Templeton brothers in unexpected ways, lead them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and discover what truly matters.
Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel also reprise their roles as Ted and Tim’s parents.
Thanks to the talents of director Tom McGrath, writer Michael McCullers, and their extraordinary team at DreamWorks Animation, The Boss Baby was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar, earned more than $500 million worldwide, and inspired the popular Netflix series The Boss Baby: Back in Business. The Boss Baby 2: Family Business is directed by returning filmmaker Tom McGrath who I also spoke with about setting the new film 25 years after the first.
While known to many as the authoritative voice of Skipper, lead penguin in the hilarious Penguins of Madagascar franchise, Tom McGrath is also DreamWorks Animation’s most prolific film director with this films generating a combined $2.7 billion globally for the studio.