America: The Motion Picture Trailer Is A Satirical Origin Story For The USA
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America: The Motion Picture Trailer Is A Satirical Origin Story For The Greatest Country In The World

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BY June 7, 2021

It looks like it’s going to be a very Chris Lord and Phil Miller type of year. After the amazing pre-summer hit in The Mitchells Vs. The Machines, the filmmakers are now backing yet another Netflix original movie. The America: The Motion Picture trailer reveals the first look at this awesomely hilarious, if not completely insane, origin story of the U.S.A. A historical satire that includes some American history that is very revered and could seem risky. Especially when the movie looks like a profanity-laden, extravaganza of potentially offensive material sure to rub some folks the wrong way. Not me though! The new trailer looks fun, hilarious and features some great talent on and off-screen, making this another Netflix original animated movie to look out for. 

America: The Motion Picture’s Potential Story. I Think. 

America The Motion Picture eagles. Image via Netflix.

The America: The Motion Picture trailer is just incredible. Sure, it feels more like some silly slapstick sequences stuck together, than any cohesive storyline. But it’s those involved in the project that excite me the most. Firstly, the movie’s protagonist is an alternate version of George Washington himself, with two chainsaws strapped to his arms in a show of awesomeness. Making short work of any obstacle, person or cherry tree, that stands in his way. And his supporting band of merry revolutionaries are no less awesome. 

The story in the America: The Motion Picture trailer is about how Washington has to assemble a team of famous founding fathers and historical figures in order to take revenge on the traitor Benedict Arnold. All the while the group will also found one of the greatest countries in the world. Or so they think. Along with Washington we get dude-bro Samuel Adams, Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo), Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), and a seemingly gender-swapped Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn)? None of it makes much sense, to be completely honest. But it’s the completely off-the-wall, bat-shit crazy energy of this trailer that gets me. 

How The America The Motion Picture Trailer Impresses

What works in the America: The Motion Picture trailer is its completely tongue-in-cheek rendition of what is totally an over the top satire of how America gets founded. With  completely messed up and alternate versions of the men and women we actually know about from history. But the world presented looks like a mish-mash of timelines, genres, and some great referential humor. 

Jokes about the characters and their real-life history gets to me the most. How Edison yells out ‘SCIENCE’ while dispatching enemies with her inventions. And even the historically inaccurate references and scenes, like mentions of cars and scenes of Washington on an electric guitar. But that’s kind of the genius of this trailer, it sets the tone that America: The Motion Picture will not at all adhere to historic representations, but provide hilarious and enjoyable entertainment, using characters like real-life ones. And with the backing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, creators who made a name for themselves with amazing animated movies like Into The Spider-Verse and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, makes this so much more special. 

The Cast And Crew As Astonishing

America The Motion Picture play. Image via Netflix.

Another aspect of America: The Motion Picture that I can’t get over, is the incredible voice cast. Washington is Channing Tatum, while Jason Mantzoukas is Samuel Adams and Olivia Munn as the gender-swapped Thomas Edison. The star credits also include the likes of Simon Pegg, Judy Greet, Will Forte, and Andy Samberg. But it’s not just the on-screen talent that’s impressive. 

America: The Motion Picture is directed by Matt Thompson, whose credits include Archer. Which is another animated content that revels in its pop culture references and insane attention to details when it comes to the subject matter. Those skills would very easily transfer to a story like America: The Motion Picture. 

The story is also written by Dave Callahan, whose writing credits include Mortal Kombat, Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse 2, Shang-Chi and so many more. So the man definitely knows what’s he’s doing. America: The Motion Picture trailer looks so much fun. The totally hilarious take on how America comes together will be great to watch. And this is all just surface-level excitement. With most good satires, it’s the goofing on the very real world we live in our society and the way we act, that should be the most fun to watch. How this movie will comment on the America today, in direct contrast to a fictional history of how the country came together will be interesting.

America The Motion Picture Washington Image via Netflix.

Touching upon American issues of immigration, race relations, diversity, inclusivity, and so much more is something only hinted at in the trailer. How deep they go into all those topics, we’ll have to wait to find out. Not long though.

America: The Motion Picture releases on Netflix on June 30, 2021. 

What did you think about this new Netflix original trailer? 

Featured image via Netflix. 


Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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