Tag Archives: Voice Cast

Moose and Squirrel Return With Peabody & Sherman

rocky_bullwinkleFrost­bite Falls most famous res­i­dents are com­ing to the big screen in 2014, accord­ing to Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Not only are Moose and Squir­rel mak­ing their big screen debut in a new the­atri­cal short, but a long-time voice actor is return­ing to pro­vide one of the duo’s voices. While not explic­itly stated in the release, it is expected that the short will accom­pany the the­atri­cal fea­ture film release of Mr. Peabody & Sher­man.

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DreamWorks Adds Two To Head Home

smekdayDream­Works Ani­ma­tion has added two hot names to the voice cast of next year’s Home. Look for come­dian Steve Mar­tin to take on Cap­tain Smek, the leader of the alien race known as Boov. Jen­nifer Lopez is also mov­ing Home, play­ing the teenage girl Tip’s mother. Lopez and Mar­tin join the exist­ing cast of “The Big Bang The­ory” star Jim Par­sons as the alien Oh and singer Rihanna as Tip, the teenage girl.

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Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson Join Animated “Lego” Voice Cast

Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Lego: The Piece of Resistance

Will Fer­rell, Liam Nee­son, Nick Offer­man and Ali­son Brie are the lat­est stars to sign on for the new fea­ture film adven­ture Lego: The Piece of Resis­tance, Warner Bros. Pic­tures announced.

The four will join Chris Pratt, Eliz­a­beth Banks, Will Arnett and Mor­gan Free­man in voic­ing char­ac­ters for the upcom­ing orig­i­nal 3D ani­mated film, set for a Feb­ru­ary 7, 2014 release from Warner Bros. Pic­tures and Vil­lage Road­show Pic­tures. The movie is cur­rently in production.

The first-ever full-length the­atri­cal Lego movie fol­lows Emmet, an ordi­nary, rules-following, per­fectly aver­age Lego minifig­ure who is mis­tak­enly iden­ti­fied as the most extra­or­di­nary per­son and the key to sav­ing the world. He is drafted into a fel­low­ship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a jour­ney for which Emmet is hope­lessly and hilar­i­ously underprepared.

Fer­rell (The Cam­paign) stars as the voice of Emmet’s pri­mary adver­sary, Pres­i­dent Busi­ness, an eru­dite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time bal­anc­ing world dom­i­na­tion with micro-managing his own life. Nee­son (Taken and Taken 2, Oscar nom­i­nee for Schindler’s List) stars as the voice of the president’s pow­er­ful hench­man, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at noth­ing to catch Emmet.

Offer­man (NBC’s Parks and Recre­ation) takes on the role of a craggy, swag­ger­ing pirate obsessed with revenge on Pres­i­dent Busi­ness, and Brie (NBC’s Com­mu­nity) plays a sweet, lov­able mem­ber of Emmet’s team with a pow­er­ful secret. Pratt (Mon­ey­ball) stars as the voice of Emmet.

Oscar win­ner Free­man (Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby) and Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nom­i­nee for 30 Rock), will star as two of Emmet’s fel­low trav­el­ers: Vit­ru­vius, an old mys­tic; and tough-as-nails Lucy, who mis­takes Emmet for the sav­ior of the world and guides him on his quest. Lucy also calls upon the mys­te­ri­ous Bat­man, a Lego minifig­ure voiced by Arnett (Emmy nom­i­nee, 30 Rock), with whom she shares a history.

Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller (21 Jump Street, Golden Globe nom­i­nee for Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls) are direct­ing from their orig­i­nal screen­play, story by Dan Hage­man, Kevin Hage­man, Lord and Miller, based on Lego con­struc­tion toys. The film will incor­po­rate some of the most pop­u­lar Lego fig­ures while intro­duc­ing sev­eral new char­ac­ters, invit­ing fans who have enjoyed the brand’s inno­v­a­tive toys and hugely pop­u­lar video games for gen­er­a­tions to expe­ri­ence their visu­ally unique Lego world as never seen before.

The film will be pro­duced by Dan Lin (Sher­lock Holmes, Sher­lock Holmes: A Game of Shad­ows) and Roy Lee (The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon). It will be dis­trib­uted by Warner Bros. Pic­tures, and in select ter­ri­to­ries by Vil­lage Road­show Pictures.

Burrell, Charles hired to voice Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mod­ern Fam­ily” star Ty Bur­rell is the new voice of Mr. Peabody in Dream­Works Animation’s upcom­ing fea­ture film Mr. Peabody & Sher­man, replac­ing Robert Downey Jr.

Mean­while, Max Charles, who por­trays young Peter Parker in The Amaz­ing Spider-Man, will be Sher­man in the movie, based on Jay Ward’s clas­sic car­toon seg­ment Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory.

Like all of DWA’s other fea­ture films, this wll be a 3D release. It’s slated to come out on March 14, 2014.

As in the 1959–63 series, Mr. Peabody is a dog who’s the world’s smartest per­son. Peabody has a “pet” boy, Sherman.

In the movie, the duo dis­cover that some­one has used their time-traveling machine with­out per­mis­sion. His­tor­i­cal events change uncon­trol­lably to dis­as­trous and com­i­cal results. The dog and his boy must return things to nor­mal before the space-time con­tin­uum is destroyed.

The bril­liantly comedic and pater­nal sen­si­bil­i­ties of Ty Bur­rell make him ideal for the role of the beloved Mr. Peabody, and we are thrilled that he will join Max Charles as the leads of Mr. Peabody and Sher­man,’” said DWA chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Damaschke.

Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) is direct­ing from a script by Craig Wright (“Six Feet Under”). Alex Schwartz, DWA’s for­mer head of devel­op­ment, will pro­duce with Denise Cas­cino (Shrek The Third). Jason Clark (Stu­art Lit­tle) will join Bull­win­kle Stu­dios’ Tiffany Ward and Clas­sic Media’s Eric Ellen­bo­gen as exec­u­tive producers.

Ryan Reynolds leads race for DreamWorks’ “Turbo”

Turbo: Go For It!

Turbo: Go For It!

Ryan Reynolds will lead an all-star cast includ­ing Paul Gia­matti, Michael Pena, Luis Guz­man, Bill Hader, Richard Jenk­ins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurt­wood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jack­son in Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG’s upcom­ing orig­i­nal film Turbo, the com­pany announced Friday.

Turbo tells the story of an ordi­nary gar­den snail with dreams of rac­ing great­ness. The film is sched­uled to come to the big screen on July 19, 2013.

Ryan Reynolds’ infec­tious enthu­si­asm and humor will bring life to the lead role of Turbo and set the tone for this amaz­ing ros­ter of all-star voice tal­ent,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion chief cre­ative offi­cer Bill Dam­aschke. “This high-octane jour­ney will take audi­ences on the race of their lives and com­pletely re-define the tra­di­tional notion of mov­ing at a snail’s pace!”

David Soren (Merry Mada­gas­car), a DWA vet­eran as a story artist, voice actor and direc­tor, is set to direct the film based on his own orig­i­nal con­cept. Soren is co-writing the script with Robert Siegel (The Wrestler) and Dar­ren Lemke (Shrek For­ever After). Lisa Stew­art (Mon­sters vs. Aliens, Almost Famous) is pro­duc­ing with Susan Rogers serv­ing as co-producer.

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the great­est racer in the world, just like his hero, five-time Indi­anapo­lis 500 champ Guy Gagne. His obses­sion with speed and all things fast has made him an odd­ity and out­sider in the slow and cau­tious snail com­mu­nity, and a con­stant embar­rass­ment to his care­ful older brother Chet.

Turbo des­per­ately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s liv­ing. As luck would have it, he gets that chance one fate­ful day after a freak acci­dent when he sud­denly finds him­self vested with the power of incred­i­ble speed. He embarks on an extra­or­di­nary jour­ney to achieve the impos­si­ble: rac­ing against the best that Indy­Car has to offer. Turbo is the ulti­mate under­dog who achieves the impos­si­ble by refus­ing to let his lim­i­ta­tions get in the way of his dreams.

Dream­Works Animation’s Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the great­est racer in the world.

Miley Cyrus checking out of “Hotel Transylvania”

Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia

Selena Gomez is replac­ing Miley Cyrus as the voice of Dracula’s teenage daugh­ter Mavis in Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive for star Adam San­dler confirmed.

Both Gomez and Cyrus are for­mer Dis­ney stars.

Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion, the pro­duc­tion stu­dio, would not com­ment on why Cyrus was leav­ing the film. Her rep­re­sen­ta­tive did not imme­di­ately return a request for com­ment. An model of the Mavis char­ac­ter is avail­able on our Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia pic­ture page.

It was revealed last Novem­ber that Cyrus had joined the voice cast.

In Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia, Drac­ula (voiced by San­dler) oper­ates a five-stake resort where mon­sters and their fam­i­lies can live it up, free from med­dling from the human world. Over­pro­tec­tive of his daugh­ter, Drac­ula fab­ri­cates tales of elab­o­rate dan­gers to dis­suade her adven­tur­ous spirit.

Also star­ring are Sat­ur­day Night Live’s Andy Sam­berg, Cee Lo Green (as Mur­ray the Mummy) and Kevin James (as Franken­stein). The movie is sched­uled for release Sep­tem­ber 21.

Other cast mem­bers include Fran Drescher (The Bride of Franken­stein), David Spade (The Invis­i­ble Man), David Koech­ner (Qua­si­modo), and Steve Buscemi and Molly Shan­non as a pair of werewolves.

Gen­ndy Tar­takovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars) is the movie’s director.

Hudson, Gad, Hader star in “Me & My Shadow” cast

Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow

Kate Hud­son will make her ani­ma­tion debut as a mem­ber of the voice cast of Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion fan­tasy fea­ture film Me and My Shadow.

Also signed are The Book of Mor­mon star Josh Gad and Sat­ur­day Night Live’s Bill Hader. The stu­dio has sched­uled a Novem­ber 13, 2013 release date.

Alessan­dro Car­loni will make his direc­to­r­ial debut with the movie, which is being pro­duced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda 2). Car­loni was head of story on DWA’s Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon (2010).

In the movie, Hader por­trays Stan, an extremely frus­trated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life, but hap­pens to be stuck with timid Stan­ley Grubb (Gad), the world’s most bor­ing human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the sin­gu­lar rule of the Shadow World — “They lead, we fol­low” — and takes con­trol of Stanley!

Hud­son will voice Grubb’s pos­si­ble love inter­est in the real world.

Con­ceived in-house as an orig­i­nal film, the movie will com­bine CG and tra­di­tional ani­ma­tion (the shadow world is hand-drawn; the human world is CG).

Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember are writ­ing the story based on an orig­i­nal draft from Steve Ben­cich and Ron J. Fried­man. Jeff Her­mann (Kung Fu Panda 2) is the co-producer.

Mark Din­dal (2000’s The Emperor’s New Groove) was pre­vi­ously set as the director.

Gad is doing voice work in Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, set for release July 12. Hader has been a voice actor in the 2009 ani­mated fea­ture films Cloudy With A Chance Of Meat­ballsand Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.

Chastain makes animation debut in “Madagascar 3″

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Jes­sica Chas­tain, gain­ing crit­i­cal atten­tion for her work on the movie The Help, will make her ani­ma­tion debut in Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced Friday.

Chas­tain, also of Tree of Life, will voice a new char­ac­ter, Gia the jaguar.

Also join­ing the film’s voice cast are Break­ing Bad star Bryan Cranston (also of Mal­colm in the Mid­dle) and come­dian Mar­tin Short (The Mar­tin Short Show, Sat­ur­day Night Live). Cranston will voice a Siber­ian tiger, while Short will por­tray Ste­fano the sea lion.

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwim­mer, Jada Pin­kett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen will repeat their ani­mal por­tray­als. Frances McDor­mand was pre­vi­ously announced as a cast member.

Directed by Eric Dar­nell and Con­rad Ver­non, the three­quel is sched­uled for release June 8.

Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Glo­ria the Hippo and Mel­man the Giraffe are still fight­ing to get home to their beloved Big Apple, and of course, King Julien, Mau­rice and the Pen­guins are all along for the comedic adven­ture,” Friday’s announce­ment said. “Their jour­ney takes them through Europe, where they find the per­fect cover: a trav­el­ing cir­cus, which they rein­vent — Madagascar-style.”

The Mada­gas­car fran­chise has grossed over $1.1 bil­lion at the world­wide box office.

Eddie Murphy to voice “Hong Kong Phooey” in movie

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey

Eddie Mur­phy will voice the ani­mated lead char­ac­ter in Alcon Entertainment’s live-action/animated big-screen Hong Kong Phooey, an adap­ta­tion of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera ani­mated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Brod­er­ick John­son and Andrew Kosove announced Wednesday.

In addi­tion to voic­ing the char­ac­ter of Don­key in the box-office hit Shrek fran­chise, Mur­phy was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the suc­cess­ful ani­mated epic Mulan. Mur­phy will next be seen in the come­dies Tower Heist (co-starring Ben Stiller) from Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios and A Thou­sand Words from DreamWorks.

Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolit­tle: Mil­lion Dol­lar Mutts, Tooth Fairy 2) will direct. Kosove and John­son will pro­duce with Jay Stern and Brett Rat­ner. Steven P. Weg­ner will exec­u­tive produce.

Said John­son and Kosove: “We could not be hap­pier that Eddie Mur­phy will star as Phooey. There is no over­stat­ing his con­tri­bu­tions to cin­ema, and to such endur­ing stars of fam­ily enter­tain­ments such as Shrek and Dr. Doolit­tle. We look for­ward to watch­ing him reimag­ine yet another clas­sic character.”

Based on the cult clas­sic series, a mild-mannered dog named Penry (Mur­phy) stum­bles into a mys­tic cer­e­mony and is acci­den­tally granted mys­tic pow­ers, includ­ing the abil­ity to walk, talk and do kung fu. Under the tute­lage of his kung fu mas­ter, Penry dons a cos­tume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and, with the help of his trust­ing side­kick Spot the cat, cleans up a rogues’ gallery of wacky criminals.

Comedian-singer Scat­man Crothers voiced Penry/Hong Kong Phooey in the orig­i­nal series.

Ice Age: Continental Drift” voice cast announced

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift

Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox Ani­ma­tion and Blue Sky Stu­dios announced Mon­day the voice cast for Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, the fourth entry in Blue Sky’s block­buster fran­chise, which has grossed over $4 bil­lion in all media.

Fox will release the ani­mated com­edy in 3D on July 13, 2012.

Ray Romano is back as Manny, the woolly mam­moth and the herd’s “Big Daddy,” Queen Lat­i­fah returns as Ellie — Manny’s sig­nif­i­cant other, Denis Leary rejoins the herd as the saber-toothed tiger Diego, John Leguizamo is at it again as ter­mi­nally goofy sloth Sid, and Seann William Scott and Josh Peck reprise pos­sums Crash and Eddie.

Join­ing the ever-growing Ice Age fam­ily for Con­ti­nen­tal Drift is a stel­lar lineup, includ­ing Jeremy Ren­ner, an Acad­emy Award nom­i­nee for The Hurt Locker and The Town (and whose upcom­ing films include Mis­sion: Impos­si­ble – Ghost Pro­to­col and The Bourne Legacy), who por­trays Gutt, a self-styled mas­ter of the high seas who’s deter­mined to make Manny, Sid and Diego part of his crew; Wanda Sykes as Sid’s stow­away Granny, who causes all sorts of prob­lems for our heroes; Aziz Ansari as Squint, a pre­his­toric rab­bit who fan­cies him­self a tough guy; actress-pop music star Keke Palmer as Peaches, Manny and Ellie’s head­strong teenage daugh­ter; hip hop sen­sa­tion Drake as Ethan, a hand­some young woolly mam­moth who has his eye on Peaches; and Jen­nifer Lopez as Shira, a sabre-toothed tigress who melts Diego’s heart.

Also tak­ing on star­ring roles are Heather Mor­ris, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Nick Frost, Kunal Nay­yar, Alain Cha­bat and JB Smoove.

Also return­ing is Scrat (again voiced by Chris Wedge), who in the first Ice Age (2002) emerged as a movie icon. In Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift, Scrat’s nutty pur­suit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing con­se­quences — a con­ti­nen­tal cat­a­clysm that trig­gers the great­est adven­ture of all for Manny, Diego and Sid. In the wake of these earth-shattering upheavals, Sid reunites with his long-lost fam­ily, and the gang encoun­ters a rag­tag menagerie of col­or­ful new char­ac­ters deter­mined to stop them from return­ing home.

Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift is directed by Steve Mar­tino and Michael Thurmeier, and pro­duced by Lori Forte and John Donkin.