Watch: First Trailer for ‘Pixels’, 8-Bit Aliens Come to Life


Pixels trailer
Photo: Columbia Pictures

Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming movie Pixels, a feature adaptation based on the animated short film directed by Patrick Jean (watch it here) featuring a number of iconic video game characters including PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Centipede®, Galaga, Frogger, Q*bert, and Space Invaders.

The story comes together when aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them. The aliens ultimately attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (Kevin James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.

Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) directs with the film slated for a July 24 release.