Heroball is a 2008 American animated science fiction sports action film produced by TjsWorld2011 Pictures for Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. It was the eighth feature film from TW2011 Pictures, as well as DreamWorks' first animated film without its former animation division DreamWorks Animation, which was spun off into a separate public company in 2004. Set in the 23rd century year of 2245, the film follows a Heroball athlete who discovers a loophole in the titular sport and rushes to to find out why the The World District has been covering it up for years; however, he and his friends' investigations prove to have dangerous consequences for the rest of the Heroball community.
The film was directed by TjsWorld2011 from a screenplay by him and Ntpockets. Its setting and plot were inspired in part by the novels 1984 (1949) and Brave New World (1931), as well as the films Metropolis (1927) and Tron (1982). Production began in May 2007, but was later stalled by the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. However, production resumed in February, and the film was later completed in March.
Heroball premiered on July 22, 2008 in San Francisco, and was released in theaters on August 8, 2008 by Paramount Pictures in North America and DreamWorks Pictures internationally. It received generally positive reviews from critics, who admired its story, themes, and setting, and earned $127.4 million worldwide over its $30 million budget, making it the ninth highest-grossing animated film of 2008. It was later released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 9, 2008.
In the 22nd century year of 2168 AD, towards the end of World War III, it is decided between all 192 members of the United Nations to merge into a single continent named Earthport, governed by a new entity known as The World District, in order to prevent any further conflicts from happening between different countries. In addition to this change, a single sporting activity is introduced that replaces all of the UN members' original activities: a mixture of paintball and laser tag dubbed Heroball that every Earthport citizen is encouraged to participate in.
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- A teaser trailer was released on November 2, 2007, and was attached to films such as Bee Movie, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
- The first theatrical trailer was released on March 27, 2008, and was attached to films such as The Spiderwick Chronicles, Horton Hears a Who!, and College Road Trip.
- The second theatrical trailer was released on May 2, 2008, and was attached to films such as Baby Mama, Iron Man, and Speed Racer.
Heroball was originally scheduled to be released on August 15, 2008, but was pushed back to August 8, 2008 to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Clone Wars.