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Catholic Mom founder Lisa Hendey chats with director Benjamin Renner about a family friendly feature film opening in theaters this Christmas.

I sat down recently with Benjamin Renner, the director of the new Illumination film MIGRATION to chat about this family friendly feature opening in theaters this Christmas. Daniel shares about working on the film, which Mallard family member he most closely resembles, and why he hopes families will see the movie together this holiday season.



The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica. 

As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.  

From a screenplay by Mike White, the Emmy winning creator of The White Lotus and the screenwriter of School of Rock, the film stars a top-flight comedic cast led by Oscar® and Emmy nominee Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Eternals) as anxious Mallard dad Mack and Emmy nominee Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect franchises) as Pam, the Mallards’ daring, quick-witted matriarch. Source: Universal 

MIGRATION opens only in theaters this Christmas. Find tickets at MigrationMovie.com/tickets.

MIGRATION is Rated PG for action/peril and mild rude humor.



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