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Swapped is a 2008 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Universal Animation Studios for Universal Pictures. The eleventh animated feature in the Universal Animated Features canon, it was directed by Larry Huber and Jess Riol (in their directorial debut) from a screenplay by Brian Lynch, and stars the voices of Sarah Vowell, Freddie Highmore, Leslie Mann and Dave Foley. The film follows an unlikely relationship between a young girl and a teenage goth boy who swap bodies.

Swapped was released on July 2, 2008 in the United States, and was met with mixed critical reception, while the general public received it favorably. Despite the mixed reception, the film was a box office success, grossing $376 million worldwide on its $70 million budget.

Plot

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Voice cast

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Production

Development

The idea for Swapped began with Jim Anderson who envisioned the film as a "body swapping" animated comedy. The film entered development in 2003, with Anderson and Kirk Wise as the film's directors with a tentative release scheduled for a summer 2007 release. Originally, the film was titled Dave & Joe and had a completely different story. This version of the story had a body swap of a relationship between a construction worker named Dave and a musician named Joe. However, when BJ and Wally was in production, Universal Animation CEO Michael Wildshill decided that the project should focus on a relationship between a boy and a girl rather than two men. Because of this, the film was put on hold due to several rewrites and Computeropolis 2 assumed the summer 2007 release date originally scheduled for Dave & Joe. Anderson and Wise left the project in 2006 following disputes over the film's creative direction, and were replaced by Larry Huber, an animator known for his history as a producer at Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and Nickelodeon and also the co-creator of Nickelodeon's ChalkZone, and Jess Riol, a co-producer on BJ and Wally.

In September 2006, the new film was announced as Swapped with its new story originally evolving Lee Webb as the lead role and Suz Grady was essentially his next-door neighbor. The release date was scheduled for May 2008. For a while, the filmmakers were "very committed" to that version of the story, but in December 2006, they realized the film's plot would be more engaging if they reversed the roles to instead focus on Suz as opposed to Lee.

Casting

In May 2007, Freddie Highmore and Sarah Vowell were announced as having been cast, respectively in the roles of Lee Webb and Suz Grady. American author and actress Vowell was asked to do the voice of Suz because of her voice work in Pixar's The Incredibles, as well as her involvement in the National Public Radio program This American Life.

Animation

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Soundtrack

Main article: Swapped/Soundtrack

In June 2007, Mark Mothersbaugh, who composed the score for Paint World and Magina, was revealed to be returning to Universal Animation to score Swapped. Interscope Records released the soundtrack on July 1, 2008.

Video game

Main article: Swapped (video game)

A video game based on the film was released on June 24, 2008 for the Nintendo DSWiiXbox 360, PlayStation 2PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable.

Release

Swapped was originally scheduled for a May 16, 2008 release, but Universal Pictures moved the release up to July 2, 2008, mainly due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. Fox/Gingo's Metro Cone 2 was then given the slot of May 16, 2008.

Marketing

Home media

Swapped was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 2, 2008.

Reception

Box office

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Critical response

Swapped has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 51% approval rating with an average rating of 6/10, based on 143 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "While the story isn't too fresh, and it sometimes can't help but mock up Freaky Friday-esque elements, Swapped benefits from zany visuals to keep the family-friendly audience entertained." On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 49 out of 100 based on 48 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

Accolades

Award Category Recipient Result
Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Voice From an Animated Movie Freddie Highmore Nominated

Transcripts

Main

To see the main transcript of the film, click here.

Trailers

To see the transcript for the trailers of the film, click here.


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v - e - dUniversal Pictures theatrical animated features
Universal Animation Studios (Universal Animated Features)
Traditional-animated

Ama and the Mysterious Crystal (1997) · Galaxion (1999) · Paint World (1999) · Mistress Masham's Repose (2001) · Me & Mobo (2002) · Magina (2003)

Computer-animated

Computeropolis (2004) · M.I.S.S.I.O.N. (2005) · BJ and Wally (2006) · Computeropolis 2 (2007) · Swapped (2008) · Woo La La (2009) · Computeropolis 3 (2010) · Gabriel Garza (2011) · Plucky Chicken (2012) · Quest (2013) · Gabriel Garza 2 (2014) · Paradoria (2015) · Luna & Zak (2015) · Imagimals (2016) · Gabriel Garza 3 (2017) · Lix (2017) · Computeropolis: The Deep Web (2018)

Upcoming

Paradoria 2: Enchanted Realm (2019) · Luna & Zak: Level Two (2020) · Earth Farm (2021) · Computeropolis 5 (2021) · Hyper (2022)

Illumination

Despicable Me (2010) · Hop (2011) · The Lorax (2012) · Despicable Me 2 (2013) · Minions (2015) · The Secret Life of Pets (2016) · Sing (2016) · Despicable Me 3 (2017) · The Grinch (2018)

Upcoming

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019) · Minions 2 (2020) · Sing 2 (2020)

DreamWorks Animation

Antz (1998) · The Prince of Egypt (1998) · The Road to El Dorado (2000) · Chicken Run (2000) · Shrek (2001) · Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) · Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003) · Shrek 2 (2004) · Shark Tale (2004) · Madagascar (2005) · Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) · Over the Hedge (2006) · Flushed Away (2006) · Shrek the Third (2007) · Bee Movie (2007) · Kung Fu Panda (2008) · Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008) · Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) · How to Train Your Dragon (2010) · Shrek Forever After (2010) · Megamind (2010) · Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) · Puss in Boots (2011) · Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) · Rise of the Guardians (2012) · The Croods (2013) · Turbo (2013) · Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) · How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) · Penguins of Madagascar (2014) · Home (2015) · Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016) · Trolls (2016) · The Boss Baby (2017) · Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ·

Upcoming

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) · Abominable (2019) · Trolls World Tour (2020) · The Croods 2 (2020) · The Boss Baby 2 (2021) · Spooky Jack (2021)

Big Idea Entertainment

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002) · The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)

Animated Films Distributed by Universal

The Snow Queen (1959) · Pinocchio in Outer Space (1969) · An American Tail (1986) · The Land Before Time (1988) · Jetsons: The Movie (1990) · An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) · We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993) · Romeo and Juliet (1994) · Ghost Vision (1995) · Balto (1995) · Cassiopeia (2000) · The Gabriel Garza Movie (2002) · Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003) · Tony Tom-Tom's Delivery Service (2003) · Zina and the Vivid Crew (2004) · Curious George (2006) · Tony 2: Across the Nation (2007) · The Tale of Despereaux (2008) · The Pandemoniums Movie (2009) · Defender D (2011) · ROBLOX: The Movie (2011) · Uploaded (2012) · Defender 2D (2017) ·

Animated Films Distributed by Focus Features

Coraline (2009) · 9 (2009) · ParaNorman (2012) · The Boxtrolls (2014) · Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)