The Australian Outback is the setting of the next full-length feature from DreamWorks Animation, and they are bringing along award-winning composer, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin along for the walkabout. Minchin, who will be adding his considerable talents to the project, which DreamWorks Animation calls an “all-animal musical comedy,” is joining writer Harry Cripps (Supernova) and producer Christina Steinberg (Rise of the Guardians, National Treasure) on the newly unveiled project.
The new film, titled Larrikins, which is Australian for “mischievous youth,” is the story of an uptight bilby, a desert-dwelling marsupial, who longs to escape the shelter of his family burrow and see the vast world outside. Once free of the burrow, the bilby discovers a dangerous secret and he finds himself on a grand adventure across the great Australian Outback.
“Our whole team is excited about this project,” DWA Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke said. “We’ve been looking to work with the immensely talented Tim Minchin on a project for a while, and there is no doubt that this project is a perfect fit.”
Minchin is expected to take on the duties of writing the lyrics and music for Larrikins, as well as other creative roles within the production. He is currently nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score for Matilda: The Musical.
“I was lucky enough to grow up in western Australia and know that the Australian Outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful,” Minchin said.
“And the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky. I am hugely excited to be working with Harry and the DreamWorks Animation team in their mission to capture some of this unique aesthetic and quirky, iconoclastic culture on film. It’s going to be bloody good fun.”
Pre-production is only just beginning and DreamWorks Animation does not have a release date set. Excited?