Gecko is an American computer-animated comedy film directed by Ralf Hat. It is loosely based on The Misadventures of Gecko series which aired on Kingson from 1994 to 1999. It follows the original series characters Gecko, M-Bunny, and Fred who journey around to discover the truth about a suspicious new housemate in the mansion.
Earlier attempts to conceive the film abruptly failed to occur, until late in 2005, after the success of Hat's recent film "Risky Frizz: The Movie". Production began later with cast members from the original series respiring their character roles in the film. Other more, the film was animated using 2D CGI instead of traditional animation which was used in the show.
Gecko was released on December 24, 2010, and it finalizes the original series overall receiving positive reviews from fans and critics alike with a worldwide box office of $270.6 million. The film is a semi sequel to "Gecko's Million Dollar Movie" (1998).
With everything ordinarily in place in the city (since the "incident"), the mansion is introduced to a new housemate—an orphaned twelve year-old human girl named Nexus from Gecko's school. With most the housemates growing a friendly bond with her, Gecko and the girl begin to display a rivalry against each other. Jealousy hits Gecko hard once realizes his relationships with everyone else in the house begin to weaken, and he soon develops a plan to rid away Nexus. After spying on her one night, Gecko finds out that she Nexus isn't who she seems to be—revealing herself to be an alien whom plans to eradicate humanity by calling her extraterrestrial armada. Disbelieving his every word, the teammates do not realize that their lives may be at stake. It is now up to Gecko himself to prevent Nexus's plans to save his friends and the planet from global destruction.
The main shows cast continue their roles as the characters in the film.
The show has been praised even after the last episodes in 1999 and has become amazingly popular worldwide. It is known to be a favorited 90's cartoon, having a large fandom, and the show is ranked 53rd on IGN's Top 100 Animated Series. When asked about a possibly reboot of the series in the form of a movie, Hat initially stated "I wouldn't really recommend making a sequel film to it [Gecko], but if we did, we'd have to make it better than Million Dollar Movie". Though after, Hat's interest on a final film developed.
The earliest attempts to start a second Gecko movie abruptly failed to occur twice in 2000 and 2003. However, with a deal with MTV films, Viacom Paramount bought the rights to produce a Gecko film in 2005.
Production began in 2006 with cast members from the original series respiring their character roles in the film. The film was animated using 2D CGI instead of traditional animation which was used in the show, it also featured the character Fred with a rather new design. Hat announced the film would be released in 2009, but it was later pushed to 2010 for undecidable reasons.
The musical score featured in the film were composed by Ralf Hat and James L. Venable, who both helped compose music for the television series. It was released to CD and iTunes a day after the film was released. The track contains five songs which debut in the film, most of which are in the rock music genre. Score includes some music from the 1994 series as well as some orginal music as well.
The film was released theatrically on Friday, December 24, 2010, (Christmas Eve) in the United States and Canada. The following week, the film released in Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. It was also premiered two months earlier at a special celebration party in Kingson studios.
In certain countries, the film's title was "The Misadventures of Gecko...and Nexus", while in others it was called "Gecko's Movie".
The film is the first Kingson feature film which used another animation other than traditional. The reason behind it not being traditional was due to Hat's idea to give it a unique look compared to other films.