Josh Gad back to lend voice to Bailey in ‘A Dog’s Journey’

Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast, Frozen) brings incredible wit, humor and depth to his role of Bailey in Universal Pictures’ new inspiring drama A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global blockbuster A Dog’s Purpose.

In the film, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Even though he embodies the voice and spirit of Bailey, Gad admits he wasn’t prepared for how he would react to the sequel’s screenplay. “I kept promising myself that there was no way I was going to allow myself to cry when I sat down to read the script for A Dog’s Journey,” he says. “Of course, immediately I was sobbing again. But what’s so incredible about the script and the movie—much like the first one—is although there are cathartic tears along the way, there’s also so much excitement. There’s so much adventure and laughter on this journey. I was blown away because I felt that the writers not only lived up to the first film, but in many ways set the bar even higher.”

When it came to filming the follow-up, Gad admits he naturally had trepidations. “There’s always hesitation when the opportunity arises to do a sequel, because you want to make sure that it’s for the right reasons,” he says. “Seeing the unbelievable amount of respect being paid to every single detail—from the filmmaking process to the script—has allowed me to lower my guard and realize that everybody wants to raise the bar; we all want to exceed what has already been established.”

Much like co-star Dennis Quaid, Gad is an avowed dog lover who lights up when he speaks about his rescue Dede, whom he calls a “mutt of craziness” and who serves as an integral part of his home. As the voice of Bailey, Gad appreciates the opportunity he has to help audiences move through feelings they have toward their pets…and their humanity.

“I can’t tell you how many times kids come up to me and say how unbelievably cathartic this movie was for them,” Gad says, “whether it’s losing a pet or losing a person in their lives. The greatest gift of being a part of this franchise is that these movies, while they are entertaining, are more than that. They offer, especially kids, an opportunity to deal with loss and to understand that the potential for a journey goes on long after our pets or loved ones leave this world.”

Director Gail Mancuso says, “Josh is so funny and adds such heart to Bailey. Not only is his performance comedic, it’s so heartfelt. He’s just perfect for it.”

Now showing in Philippine cinemas, A Dog’s Journey is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #ADogsJourney  

About A Dog’s Journey

Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heartwarming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined.

Bailey (voiced again by Josh Gad) is living the good life on the Michigan farm of his “boy,” Ethan (Dennis Quaid) and Ethan’s wife Hannah (Marg Helgenberger). He even has a new playmate: Ethan and Hannah’s baby granddaughter, CJ. The problem is that CJ’s mom, Gloria (Betty Gilpin), decides to take CJ away. As Bailey’s soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he makes a promise to Ethan to find CJ and protect her at any cost.

Thus begins Bailey’s adventure through multiple lives filled with love, friendship and devotion as he, CJ (Kathryn Prescott), and CJ’s best friend Trent (Henry Lau) experience joy and heartbreak, music and laughter, and few really good belly rubs.

Directed by Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (TV’s Modern Family), A Dog’s Journey is produced by Gavin Polone (A Dog’s Purpose), and written by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon, and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, based on the best-selling novel by Cameron.

Josh Gad lends voice to Bailey, narrator in ‘A Dog’s Purpose’

Known to tens of millions as the voice of Olaf in Frozen, Josh Gad lends his voice to Bailey, the real star—the heart and soul throughout the entirety of Universal Pictures’ new family adventure, A Dog’s Purpose.

Director Lasse Hallström and Amblin Entertainment reached out to the Tony Award-winning actor with high hopes of finding the voice of Bailey.

His unparalleled vocal abilities are just as melodic as they are humorous and emotional, and the filmmakers were certain he would be the production’s perfect Bailey. “After hearing what Josh did with Olaf in Frozen, I had a pretty good sense of his talents and why he would be great for the role of the narrator. But when we started our work, I was truly moved at what an amazing match he was for the visuals of the dog and how he connected to that character,” says Hallström.

Gad, who was under the impression that he was being asked to consider doing voiceover work for a talking dog, but was he in for a surprise. Gad reflects on the casting process: “I have always been a huge fan of Lasse Hallstrom’s and have been longing for the opportunity to work with him. I got a call one day saying there was a new movie that he directed and wanted me to be a part of. I got extremely excited and was told that the movie was shot already. I did not understand.”

The performer continues, “My initial reaction was that I did not want to do a talking animal movie, but Leslee Feldman (VP of Casting at Amblin) told me to watch the film before I made my decision. She handed me a tissue box and said, ‘Here, you are going to need this.’”

“I watched the film—realized it was not a talking dog—and was so moved and blown away by it that I felt compelled to be part of it. If someone walked in, they would have thought I was robbed at gunpoint and watched a family of squirrel’s burn down because I was sobbing. After completing the part, I can honestly say that I have not felt this way about a project I have been involved in since Frozen. Anyone watching this is going to be in awe of the beauty, the truth and the entertainment of what Lasse has put together,” says Gad.

Based on author W. Bruce Cameron’s beloved best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström shares the heartwarming and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

Over the course of five decades, a single voice—that of an indefatigable dog—takes us along a riveting and uplifting path that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved an animal. Although he is reincarnated in the bodies of multiple canines through the years, it is his unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan that carries and inspires one dog throughout his journey to find a true purpose for his boy.

Opening across the Philippines on March 1, 2017, A Dog’s Purpose is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Comedians Josh Gad, Danny McBride breathe life to ‘Angry Birds’

Joining Red on his campaign against the bad piggies in Columbia Pictures’ new adventure comedy “The Angry Birds Movie” are Chuck and Bomb – also outcasts with anger issues on an island where it seems that almost every bird is happy – all of whom have ended up in an anger management class.

Chuck is fast. He moves fast and talks fast – sometimes quicker than he thinks, which lands him in a lot trouble. But there’s genuinely a good bird behind his motorbeak, intent on making friends, and when Red needs a hand, he’s among the first to volunteer.

Chuck is brought to life by Josh Gad, whose most recent animated film role was as Olaf, the snowman longing for bright summer days in Frozen. “Chuck is almost the polar opposite of Olaf,” says producer John Cohen. “Where Olaf was sweet, innocent and child-like, Chuck has a real edge. He doesn’t have any kind of filtering mechanism, always puts his foot in his mouth, and has a real comedic bite to him. Josh Gad has created a fantastic character – and just like Chuck, Josh has an incredibly quick mind. He’s one of the best improvisers in the world.”

“Chuck does everything at a million miles per hour,” says Gad. “Everything – running, flying, talking… it was a lot of effort playing Chuck. Of course, since this is an animated movie all the action is in my mind, so I was mentally exhausted all the time.”

Meanwhile, Bomb is a bit of dim bulb with a big heart. He’s amiable and considerate – most of the time. But he’s got a problem: he suffers from Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). If he gets surprised, or scared, or angry – kaboom. He has a tendency to literally blow up. He’s always yearned to control himself but found self-constraint just out of reach. When the pigs arrive, however, his condition might be just what the doctor ordered.

“Bomb is proud of his ability to blow up, but he’s not fully in control of it,” Cohen says. “He has a bit of performance anxiety, and that’s a source of some struggle for him.”

And though Bomb’s disorder is played for laughs, IED is no joke –you can look it up in your DSM-5.

Playing the role is Danny McBride, whose screen persona seems to be a perfect fit. “All of Danny’s characters – from `The Pineapple Express’ to `This Is the End’ – are such great expressions of comedic anger. They all possess a deep-rooted desire to be accepted and liked, but they also have some emotion just below the surface that at any moment could burst through to wreak comedic havoc,” says Cohen. “The only difference is that Bomb literally explodes, rather than metaphorically.”

“Like Red and Chuck, Bomb is angry; he’s also a bird, too,” McBride says. “He has an explosive personality. He explodes when he gets angry. And he wants to improve. He’s embarrassed that he can’t control his anger, and he wants to focus it.”

“Bomb is actually a pretty laid-back, fun-loving guy,” McBride continues. “But any little thing can set him off. He’s a tough guy to make microwave popcorn around.”

And how does McBride – he of the famously explosive characters – deal with anger? “I’ve never been angry in my life,” he says. Riiiiiiiight.

“The Angry Birds Movie” takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage, as well as Keegan-Michael Key, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Jillian Bell, Danielle Brooks, Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “The Angry Birds Movie” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

WATCH: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’ catapults new trailer

The delightful characters from the beloved – and addicting – mobile game app come to life in the new trailer for Columbia Pictures’ “The Angry Birds Movie.” The trailer may be viewed below.

In the 3D animated comedy, “The Angry Birds Movie,” we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, “Horrible Bosses”), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since “Frozen”), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride, “This is the End”) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation's ANGRY BIRDS.
Chuck (Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) on the beach in Columbia Pictures and Rovio Animation’s ANGRY BIRDS.

Featuring a hilarious, all-star voice cast that includes Bill Hader (“Inside Out”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”), and Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), as well as Keegan-Michael Key (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Kate McKinnon (upcoming “Ghostbusters”), Tony Hale (“Veep”), Ike Barinholtz (“Neighbors”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Jillian Bell (“22 Jump Street”), Danielle Brooks (“Orange is the New Black”), Latin music sensation Romeo Santos, and YouTube stars Smosh (Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla), the Columbia Pictures/Rovio Entertainment film is directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis, produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder, screenplay by Jon Vitti, and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel.

Opening across the Philippines on May 11, 2016, “Angry Birds” is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.