June 6, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning composer, comedian, actor and writer
is joining DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA), lending his signature creative energy to a new musical project set in the Australian outback. Currently titled
, which is Australian slang for mischievous youth, this all-animal comedy is an original idea written by
) and produced by
Rise of the Guardians
"Our whole team is incredibly excited about this project," said Chief Creative Officer,
. "We've been looking to work with the immensely talented
on something for a while, and there is no doubt that this project is a perfect fit. He and
will be a fantastic team."
Minchin, who will likely take on a larger creative role in addition to writing the music/lyrics for the film, co-wrote
Matilda the Musical
which was awarded a 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and is currently nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score.
Says Minchin, "I was lucky enough to grow-up in
and know that the Australian outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, 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."
tells the story of an uptight bilby (a desert-dwelling marsupial), who has lived a sheltered life in the safety of his family burrow. When he ventures out and becomes privy to a dangerous secret, he finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical and untamed Australian outback. The film will be managed by DreamWorks Animation Head of Development Gregg Taylor and Development Executive
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 26 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of
Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon
Puss In Boots,
SOURCE DreamWorks Animation