This week was a great week for Chris Colfer fans with the announcement from Marza Animation Planet Inc. on Tuesday (January 28) that Colfer will be voicing the lead character in their upcoming film Robodog.
The Glee and Struck by Lightning star will be joining Ron Perlman (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Tangled) in the 3D CG animated film by Oscar award nominated director Henry F. Anderson III (Stuart Little, Gnomeo & Juliet).
Robodog is described as a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn’t be more different. KC (Kinetic Canine) (Colfer) is a bright, energetic but overzealous robotic dog, while Marshall (Perlman) is an old, curmudgeonly “real” dog, set in his ways and has little patience for anything new. This canine odd couple embarks on the adventure of a lifetime where each will learn the true nature of friendship, and not to judge a book by its cover.
“We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has chosen ROBODOG as his first foray into animation. Coupled with Ron’s extraordinary voiceover work, the duo’s talent will make for great chemistry onscreen. Timeless Films is by far the perfect fit for the project due to their expertise in both producing and selling animated films overseas,” Marza’s CEO, Masanao Maeda said in a statement.
Anderson added, “Chris and Ron are the perfect actors to play KC and Marshall as their voices exemplify the qualities of each character. Chris has an appealing, youthful voice which fits right in with our lead character, KC, who is above all a charismatic entertainer. Ron’s voice demands authority, but also has a soft, vulnerable side which works very well for Marshall who comes across as a grouch, but is really a sensitive dog dealing with his past.”
Colfer was quick to express his excitement at being involved in the project, taking to his instagram account to post the following picture, captioned “I’m gonna be a robot dog!!! #Robodog http://tinyurl.com/robodogcc”
He also said of his involvement in the production, “The kid in me is barely being contained right now. I’m so happy to get the chance to work on my first animated film with this wonderful team”.
This is not Colfer’s first venture into voiceover work. He has recorded the audiobook versions of his three current novels, Struck by Lightning, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell and its sequel The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns. For the latter two, he voiced over 80 different characters for the audiobook.
The film is already in pre-production with the voiceover work expected to start today (February 1). The film will be shopped to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.
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