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Interview: Karen DeJong, artistic director of RON’S GONE WRONG

Locksmith Animation hits the big screen this week with Ron gone wrong, the studio’s first-ever feature film.

Ron gone wrong tells the story of Barney, a socially awkward college boy, and Ron, his new walking, talking and digitally connected device, his “best friend in a box”. As technology tends to do, Ron malfunctions time and time again, making the two’s relationship wonderfully messy and action-packed. In the context of our social media obsessed world, Ron gone wrong dig deep to show us the meaning of true friendship.

Directed by Jean-Philippe Vine and Sarah Smith, co-directed by Octavio E. Rodriguez and written by Peter Baynham and Smith, the animated film boasts an impressive voice cast including Zach Galiafinakis, Olivia Colman, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ed Helms, Justice Smith and Rob Delaney. The animated sci-fi comedy premiered to rave reviews earlier this month at the 2021 BFI London Film Festival and is set to hit theaters in North America this Friday.

That Shelf’s editor and chief film critic sat down with the film’s art director, Karen DeJong, to talk about the new animated feature and her remarkable career. Watch the interview below now:

Ron gone wrong national opening on October 22, 2021.