The Monkey King trailer: Jimmy O. Yang embarks on a quest to battle demons in Netflix’s new animated feature

Netflix’s The Monkey King trailer finds the mythical hero on a quest to battle 100 demons to gain the attention of “the immortal ones.”

If you thought Disney’s American Born Chinese was the only place the Monkey King would display his sweet moves, wait until you see Netflix’s The Monkey King trailer! The streamer is bringing a colorful martial arts adventure to screens with director Anthony Stacchi’s next animated voyage! Get ready! Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jo Koy, and Stephanie Hsu voice star in the mystical animated adventure inhabited by ancient gods, demons, and a wise-cracking hero of the people.

The Monkey King (Jimmy O. Yang) might be famous, but he’s an outsider in his community. With his trusty compatriot “stick (voiced by Nan Li),” the warrior of legend steps up to challenge 100 demons to gain the attention of “the immortal ones.” With few willing to cheer him on, the Monkey King travels to a human village, where he accepts the task of protecting the people from a fiery demon known as Red Girl (Sophie Wu). Unfortunately, the Monkey King’s methods are reckless. After nearly destroying the town, Lin (Jolie Hoang-Rappaport) asks to join the mythical hero’s quest as his “humble assistant.” The Monkey King eventually caves to the pressure, letting Lin into his life as a tag-a-long companion. The duo then experienced more than they bargained for upon meeting the Dragon King (Bowen Yang), a powerful foe determined to defeat the Monkey King and anyone who stands in his way toward domination.

The Monkey King, trailer, Netflix

BD Wong, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Andrew Kishino, Andrew Kishino, Jodi Long, James Sie, Andrew Pang, and Kuno Inghram round out the cast with animation from ReelFX. Peilin Chou produces, with the legendary Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) executive producing.

In Netflix’s The Monkey King trailer, Anthony Stacchi presents a colorful marital arts odyssey featuring characters that have influenced imaginative stories for generations. Jimmy O. Yang brings his comedic chops to the title role, while a marquee cast presents the Monkey King’s world with vibrancy, heart, and eye-popping visuals. The Monkey King is another must-see animated offering from Netflix after 2022’s The Sea Beast, a larger-than-life epic nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 95th Academy Awards.

The Monkey King swings onto Netflix on August 18, 2023.

Source: Netflix

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.