Ron’s Gone Wrong – trailer, release date and all about Locksmith Animation’s Ron’s Gone Wrong

Ron’s Gone Wrong heart poster. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

© 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Imagine if WALL-E’s EVE and Big Hero 6’s Baymax had millions of baby bots and they became the must-have gadget on the planet – an essential smartphone replacement for any kid who wants to belong.

That’s the idea behind Locksmith Animation’s Ron’s Gone Wrong – the story of an awkward kid’s adventures with his deeply dysfunctional robot buddy.

Ron’s Gone Wrong release date (UK): 15 October 2021

Ron’s Gone Wrong origins. What is Ron’s Gone Wrong?

Ron’s Gone Wrong is the first feature by Locksmith Animation – a studio set up by veteran Aardman Animation Producer Julie Lockhart and Sarah Smith, who directed Aardman’s joyful Arthur Christmas

But, while Locksmith Animation is a UK Studio, it’s clearly setting its sights on world domination. Visually lush, featuring a star-studded vocal cast and sharply written by Smith and Peter Baynham (a long-time Sacha Baron Cohen, Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci collaborator), Ron’s Gone Wrong is world-class in every respect.

What’s the premise?

In a nutshell, it’s about the sweet but awkward Barney Pudowski as he tries to navigate the social minefield of a US Middle School just as the launch of the super-connected must-have B-bot robot buddy – ‘Your Best Friend Out of the Box!’ – puts any kid without one at a massive disadvantage when it comes to making friends. 

Ron’s Gone Wrong plot. Watch the Ron’s Gone Wrong main trailer

In the near future, the B-bot is the essential gadget for any self-respecting kid.

Gathering together all the best features and functions of a state-of-the-art smartphone (plus a whole lot more) in a shiny, infinitely customisable pill-shaped robot buddy, the B-bot is the only social currency to have if you want to make and connect with friends.

Enter Barney Pudowski. He’s a shy kid living with his dad and grandma Danka and, while he’s loved to bits, his dad’s novelties business doesn’t exactly make the Pudowski household flush with B-bot-spending money. So, when dad presents Barney with his very own B-bot he’s as surprised as he is delighted. Right up until Barney fires his B-bot Ron up.

It seems like Ron the B-bot may have fallen off the back of a lorry. He’s glitchy, forgetful, and seems to be missing the factory setting that prohibits dangerous activities. Still, what’s an attempted decapitation-by-yanking between friends, right?

When Ron’s manufacturer gets wind of this defective B-bot they’ll stop at nothing to get him off the street and crushed.

But while Ron’s definitely gone wrong, he’s unintentionally teaching Barney and those around him a lot about what it means to be a real friend beyond filters, fads and the illusion of lifestyle perfection.

True to form from the creators, this one will pack a thought-provoking punch as much as it will be fun-packed.

Ron’s Gone Wrong cast and characters. Who’s who in Ron’s Gone Wrong

Are you waiting to take delivery of your own B-bot? Don’t worry. We can connect you to the cast of characters in Ron’s Gone Wrong.

RON’S GONE WRONG - Ron (voiced by Zack Galifianakis). © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

© 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Zach Galifianakis (A Wrinkle in Time) is Ron the B-bot

B-bots are designed to be your best friend straight out of the box, but not Ron. When he’s booted up for the first time, Ron’s pretty much a blank slate, so Barney has to teach him everything (including why getting crushed isn’t fun even if it’s happening with your best friend).

L to R: Ron (voiced by Zack Galifianakis) and Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer).

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Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!) is Barney

Grazer’s Freddy was a highlight of 2019’s Shazam! and he brings the same quick-witted charm to Barney, the good-natured kid with the defective B-bot.

RON’S GONE WRONG - Ron (voiced by Zack Galifianakis). © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

© 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Olivia Colman (The Crown) is Danka

Played by the Oscar-winning and altogether awesome Olivia Colman, Danka is Barney’s unflappable grandmother. She even takes her grandson’s malfunctioning robot buddy in her stride. “Have you tried turning it off and on again?”

Ed Helms (The Hangover) is Barney’s dad

Barney’s dad doesn’t pull in the kind of salary that can accommodate the latest gadgets for his son, but when Barney makes it clear that not having one is social death at school, he moves heaven and earth to get his boy a B-bot.

Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is Marc

Marc is the inventor of the B-bot. He’s super-idealistic and wants the B-bot to connect people and enrich their lives. We’re pretty sure he didn’t envision a wonky B-bot might achieve the same goal in a very different way. 

Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2) is Andrew

Marc may have invented B-bot, but Andrew owns the company that sells it. He’s a lot less scrupulous than his business partner and sees the B-bot as a way to harvest lots of personal info on their owners’ lives.

L to R: Ron (voiced by Zack Galifianakis) and Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer).

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Why Ron’s Gone Wrong is a big-screen must-see for the whole family

Who needs a family-friendly movie that’s unbearably sweet and slickly forgettable? Created by filmmakers who cut their teeth at Aardman Animation and helped bring the likes of Borat to the big screen, Ron’s Gone Wrong balances authentic heart with keen-edged comedy brilliantly.

As it happens, the film’s co-writer Peter Baynham thinks Ron and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Kazak journalist have a lot in common:

“Ron and Borat are almost like classic clown characters anyway..."

"You’ve got a naive idiot who sees the world in a very simple way. I’ve always loved that kind of character and that’s what we did with Ron.”

A starring duo with comedy in their DNA

From top to bottom, the Ron’s Gone Wrong cast is super talented but we’re particularly excited about the pairing of Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer as Ron and Barney. If you’ve ever seen Galifianakis’s spoof interviewing on Between Two Ferns you’ll know just how casually cutting and funny he can be.

And there are glimpses of that deadpan brilliance in his crushingly truthful Ron.

And, while considerably younger, Grazer is already proving to be a very gifted improviser.

Indeed, a bunch of Barney’s hilarious attempts to explain the world to Ron were riffed by Grazer on the spot.

Ron’s Gone Wrong heart poster. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.


Based on the trailers for Ron’s Gone Wrong we predict a bright future for new UK studio Locksmith Animation (and a great time at the cinema for you and your family). The animation is fantastic, with tons of cool details to try and catch – check out all the wild customisations on the kids’ B-bots for a start! – and memorable character design (the indomitable Danka is already a firm favourite).



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