Sylvester Stallone & Ian McKellen Get Animated as 'Animal Crackers'
by Ethan Anderton
November 7, 2014
Just when you're think that everything that can be turned into a movie has been acquired by a studio, think again. The Wrap has word that a new animated feature is in the works called Animal Crackers. Yes, the little animal shaped snacks that are more cookies than crackers (and not just because Ben Affleck argued that fact in Armageddon) are heading to the big screen in a movie from an animation company called Blue Dream Studios. They've also locked down quite a weird assembly of voice talent with Sylvester Stallone, Ian McKellen and Danny DeVito taking three pivotal roles in the film. So what's this about? Read on!
Here's the teaser poster for Animal Crackers though no release date has been set yet:
The plot is described as following a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers, which magically change the person who eats them into the animal they have eaten — including monkeys, giraffes, lions, tigers and bears. Well, that sounds fairly interesting, I suppose. The cast also includes Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symoné, Harvey Fierstein, James Arnold Taylor, Tara Strong and Lydia Taylor. There's no indication of who all the actors will play, though McKellen is voicing a character named Horatio, Warburton is Brock and Stallone is Bullet-Man, of course. But we don't know what any of that means.
As of now there's not indication of when this film might hit theaters, especially since animated movies take longer to make. And while there are some solid voice cast members, this seems like one of those low end animated films that never really gets any traction with audiences. After all, it's coming from Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft, untested directors when it comes to big animation, and we haven't heard of Blue Dream Studios at all. But that's not always a bad thing, so there could be a chance that this turns out to be a solid independent animated comedy, but those are hard to come by.