Everyone's Hero (2006)
Michele has signed on to play Dorothy Gale in an animated film called "Dorothy of Oz." The movie is being made by independent company Summertime Entertainment and is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.
"She's our Judy Garland," producer Bonne Radford tells the Los Angeles Times about Michele. The role will have her singing several songs as well as doing voiceover work.
"Dorothy of Oz" is based on a children's book by Roger Baum, the great-grandson of "Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum. The story finds Dorothy returning to Oz to find the magical land in a state of decay and her old friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion disappeared.
The voice cast also includes Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer and Martin Short. Dan St. Pierre
DreamWorks has certainly raised their game beyond pure pop-culture recitation with the inventive and entertaining likes of Over the Hedge, Kung Fu Panda, and Monsters vs. Aliens (and Aardman or no, I'd even include the winning Flushed Away among their finer efforts). For every Open Season, Sony has given us a Monster House (okay, so that's just one-for-one at the moment). And every time that Fox bequeaths to unwilling audiences something like Space Chimps or Everyone's Hero, Blue Sky has nothing to do with it.
Fox/Blue Sky, however, is the precise pairing that gives us the visually engaging and moderately amusing outings like Robots, Horton Hears a Who!
A former banker, Baum began writing children’s stories in 1968 but he never wrote in the family’s Oz universe until he was approached by the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1987. Dorothy of Oz was published two years later followed by ten more titles.
His Lion of Oz, a prequel
Under Academy rules, the full house of qualifiers means that the Academy could nominate as many as five films in the category when the nominees are announced Jan. 23. It's the first time since 2002 that that has been the case.
The list includes lots of movies with talking critters: Buena Vista's The Wild, DreamWorks Animation's Flushed Away and Over the Hedge, Paramount Pictures' Barnyard, Sony Pictures' Open Season, Warner Bros. Pictures' The Ant Bully and Happy Feet and 20th Century Fox's Ice Age: The Meltdown.
Other titles that made the cut include Buena Vista and Pixar Animation's Cars, Fox's Everyone's Hero, Sony's Monster House, and Universal's Curious George, as well as Warner Independent Pictures' indie offering A Scanner Darkly.
Several films from abroad also qualified: Director Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles, set for release from the Weinstein Co. and MGM; Satoshi Kon's Paprika, from Sony Pictures Classics; and Christian Volckman's Renaissance, from Miramax Films.
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