Sony invited John Douglass, owner of the "jacksfilms" YouTube channel, to the world premiere because he praised it sarcastically.
Sony promoted the latter release of the trailer by hosting a press conference in Cannes the day before the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which featured T.J. Miller parasailing in. Variety called the event "slightly awkward" and The Hollywood Reporter described it as "promotional ridiculousness."
On January 13, 2018, Saudi Arabia lifted its 35-year ban on movie theaters. This was the first film publicly shown in the country, often as a double feature with Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017).
This was the first feature-length animated film nominated for Razzies for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It was also the first animated film nominated for a Razzie for Worst screenwriting since The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), which was nominated for "Worst Written Film Grossing Over $100 Million" in 1997.
Director Tony Leondis does not take emojis seriously. He sees them as "the toys of the 21st century" and said he needed to rush the movie because "who even knows if people are going to like emojis in [six years]."
The film was shown alongside Puppy (2017), a short film based on the "Hotel Transylvania" films.
In the Latin American Spanish version, the name of Jailbreak was changed to "Lady Hacker."
A week before the film was released, Sony tweeted a controversial promotional picture parodying the Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2017). It was immediately met with criticism for being tasteless, considering the content and themes of the Hulu series. Following the backlash, the tweet was deleted.
This was Sean Hayes' third voice role in a full-length animated film. His previous roles were in Igor (2008) and Monsters University (2013).
This was the first animated film to win "Worst Picture" at the Golden Raspberry Awards.
T.J. Miller and Maya Rudolph were previously in Big Hero 6 (2014). A TV series based on that film was released in 2017, with Rudolph reprising her role.
This was Anna Faris' third Sony Animation movie. She was also in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013).
The official artwork of the main trio bears a strong resemblance to the final poster for Free Birds (2013).
Conrad Vernon's second Sony Animation film, after Sausage Party (2016), and his second animated film not from Dreamworks Animation.
This was T.J. Miller's fifth animated film, after How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), Big Hero 6 (2014) and Hell and Back (2015).