‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Stars Donate Buddy Benches to Schools

To commemorate the recent Blu-ray Disc and digital release of Ron’s Gone Wrong, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution on Dec. 17 announced that cast members Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Colman and Ed Helms will be donating “buddy benches” to schools of their choice.

The animated comedy from 20th Century Studios and Locksmith Animation centers on the adventures of a glitchy B*Bot called Ron and his human best friend, Barney. In the film, a well-meaning teacher creates a “buddy bench” at Barney’s school to help him make friends.

Galifianakis, who voices Ron, has pledged a bench to the Wilksboro Elementary School in his hometown of Wilksboro, N.C.

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Colman — who portrays Barney’s grandmother Donka — and her husband, writer Ed Sinclair, are giving a bench to the Holt Youth Project in Norfolk, U.K.

Helms, who plays Barney’s father Graham, is donating a bench to his alma mater, the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Dedication ceremonies at each school will be held in early 2022.

Ron’s Gone Wrong was released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7. The film, which earned $22.9 million at the domestic box office, became available for digital purchase Dec. 15 — the same day it began streaming on both Disney+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max.

‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ Heading Home on Disc Dec. 7, Digital Dec. 15

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ animated film Ron’s Gone Wrong will be released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Dec. 7, followed by a digital sellthrough release Dec. 15.

Things go awry when Barney (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer), a socially awkward middle schooler, receives a malfunctioning, digitally connected device called a B*Bot that’s supposed to be his “best friend out of the box,” which he calls Ron (Zach Galifianakis). Unwilling to allow Ron to be fixed to eliminate its uniqueness, Barney runs away with it, embarking on crazy adventures and discovering self-acceptance and courage along the way.

The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney, Kylie Cantrall, Marcus Scribner, Ricardo Hurtado and Thomas Barbusca.

The film earned $21.1 million at the domestic box office.

Extras include a music video for “Sunshine” by Liam Payne, and the featurettes “A Boy and His B*Bot: When Jack Met Zach, a discussion between Galifianakis and Grazer, and “Making Ron Right,” a look behind the scenes.

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Animated Film ‘Missing Link’ Coming to Digital July 9, Disc July 23 From Fox

Missing Link, the newest stop-motion animated feature from Laika, arrives on digital July 9 and Blu-ray and DVD July 23 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis lead the voice cast in the adventure from the makers of Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Jackman is Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is no one else seems to agree. Galifianakis is Mr. Link. As species go, he’s as endangered as they get; he’s possibly the last of his kind, he’s lonely, and he believes that Sir Lionel is the one man alive who can help him. Along with the independent and resourceful Adelina Fortnight (Saldana), who possesses the only known map to the group’s secret destination, the unlikely trio embarks on a journey to seek out Link’s distant relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

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Disc extras include commentary by director Chris Butler; “Creating Mr. Link”; “Bringing the Final Battle on the Ice Bridge to Life”; animation inspiration w/optional commentary by Butler; a VFX breakdown reel; “Oh What a Mystery: Pulling the Camera Back on Missing Link’s Magic”; “Making Faces”; “Inside the Magic of Laika”; and a photo gallery.