Albert Brooks & More to Voice Illumination's Animated Pets Project
Earlier this year, we got word that comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart would be lending their voices to an Untitled Pets Movie, an animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the same company behind Despicable Me. Now the voice cast has expanded with even more great comedic talent. The Wrap reports stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bobby Moynihan, In a World… lead Lake Bell and "The Office" regular Ellie Kemper will also voice characters in the film that Universal has slated to open on February 12th, 2016. But the real treat is Albert Brooks is in talks as well.
For those who missed our initial report on this project, the story follows a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.) who gets agitated when his master brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But things get worse when the two dogs find themselves stuck in the streets of New York City, until they meet a fluffy-yet-cunning bunny named Snowball (Hart), who's building an army of ex-pets abandoned by their owners and out to turn the tables on humanity. Despicable Me helmer Chris Renaud is directing with Yarrow Cheney acting as co-director.
As for the voice casting, Brooks doesn't take on very many projects in this latter half of his career, his most recent being This is 40 for Judd Apatow, so that makes me think there might be something special about the script for this flick. The comedian would play a pet named Tiberius, though it's not specified what kind of pet, but it's probably not a clownfish like in Finding Nemo. Meanwhile, Moynihan will voice a small but tough Pug named Mel who's quite a flirt, Bell will voice a sarcastic cat named Chloe, and Buress has a significant role, but his character isn't revealed. And finally, Kemper has the role of Max's human owner. Now the film just needs a title, and everything will be in place.