There are few unlikely duo pairings I love more than a precocious child and an adult who does not know what to do with said child. It’s always charming. Doubly so in a sweet animated offering. The Sea Beast is the latest to employ this incredible trope, as adventuring seaman Jacob Holland just can’t shake eager explorer Maisie Brumble when she stows away on his ship. But something tells me this unlikely duo will have viewers reduced to tears by the end. The Sea Beast‘s teaser earlier this year, gave us a preview of what to expect. During day two of Netflix’s Geeked Week, the film’s star Karl Urban debuted the trailer.
As expected, the trailer gives a glimpse of the film’s sweet central duo, the lush animation, and of course, the titular beast.
Not to take the wrong thing away from the trailer, but it sure did make me want to go on a boat. But, really, there’s so much to love about the trailer. From the looks of it, Jacob’s attempts to get Maisie back to port do not go well. They even take a little sojourn to an island full of wild animals—and Maisie’s new BFF, Blue. It also looks like Jacob’s newest crewmate may even change some of the crew’s more unseemly tactics. They appear to take a Moby Dick—or even Jaws—approach to taking on the beasts. But something tells me that’s not gonna fly with Maisie.
Here’s the synopsis from Netflix:
In an era when terrifying beasts roamed the seas, monster hunters were celebrated heroes – and none were more beloved than the great Jacob Holland. But when young Maisie Brumble stows away on his fabled ship, he’s saddled with an unexpected ally. Together they embark on an epic journey into uncharted waters and make history.
The film comes to us from Chris Williams, who won an Oscar for Big Hero 6. Williams and Nell Benjamin wrote the script. The Sea Beast stars Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, and Kathy Burke.
The Sea Beast releases in select theaters in July and on Netflix on July 8.