At the center of Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies’ Wonder Park is June (voiced by Brianna Denski), a red-haired daredevil with a lightning-fast mind.
Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl (June) comes alive.
(Check out the film’s new spot at YouTube: https://youtu.be/Baec-TcgPCA and watch Wonder Park in Philippine cinemas March 13.)
June’s cinematic adventure begins as she nearly destroys her neighborhood with the backyard roller coaster she builds for herself and her best friend Bunky. “As dangerous as it turns out to be, she has the time of her life,” says producer Andre Nemec. “June throws herself full-force into whatever she does, and part of her story is about recapturing the sense of adventure we see in this scene. By the end of the movie, you see a girl who understands more about life’s ups and downs.”
June is not just an exuberant third-grader with an unfettered imagination. She is also a gifted student who revels in singing her math camp anthem, “My, My, Here Comes Pi” with Bunky. June’s mother has nurtured her daughter’s intellect and her creativity in equal measure, observes producer Josh Appelbaum. “There is a real symbiosis between mother and daughter in everything they do, especially the creation of Wonderland,” he says. “Her mother also is able to help channel June’s energy, since she is a bit of a wild child.”
Actress Brianna Denski takes on her first major film role as June. “I approached June as a happy-go-lucky kind of girl,” she says. “She thinks positively, which is something she and I have in common. We’re both problem-solvers. We both have great imaginations. We are creative people in general. She’s way better at fixing and organizing things than I am, though!”
When June’s mother is hospitalized for a serious illness, it casts a pall over June’s formerly joyful existence. And because her creation reminds her so much of her mother, she packs Wonderland away and bristles at the mere mention of it. “Without her mother around, June is adrift,” says Appelbaum. “The memories are too painful.”
“Sometimes even happy memories are hard to face,” observes Nemec. “Fear and uncertainty make you forget the good parts. It can be a struggle to get back to them, but the lessons you learn help you become a better version of yourself.”
When June first discovers the real Wonderland, it is in shambles. “Everything’s overgrown,” says Denski. “Things are falling apart; they’re broken; they’re not in working condition. The whole place has shut down.”
Her first instinct is to flee, but she discovers that unless the park is restored, she is unable to leave the grounds. “It seems like the universe isn’t done with her in this moment,” says Nemec. “She never actually considered that Wonderland might be real. How is this possible? Where are all the people? Why is there that darkness in the sky? And how in the world can she fix it? This is the journey she needs to take in order to regain her self-worth.”
It will take all of her ingenuity to rebuild the park, but even her impressive smarts won’t be enough, says Denski. “It’s going to come down to friendship and teamwork in the end. Working together with residents of the park is the only way to get things done. And even then, it takes a clue left by her mother in the park to finally fix things.”
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