|Written by||Harry Cripps|
|Music by||Tim Minchin|
|Edited by||Michael Andrews|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Larrikins is an upcoming 2018 American computer animated musical comedy film directed by Tim Minchin and Chris Miller and starring Margot Robbie and Hugh Jackman, from a script by Harry Cripps. The film will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, making it the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal since NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion in 2016. The film follows the story of an uptight bilby who escapes his sheltered life from his family burrow, he ventures out and finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical Australian outback. It is currently scheduled for a February 16, 2018 release.
An uptight bilby escapes his sheltered life from his family burrow, and ventures out and finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical Australian outback.
- Margot Robbie as a dingo
- Hugh Jackman
- Naomi Watts
- Rose Byrne
- Ben Mendelsohn
- Jacki Weaver
- Josh Lawson
- Damon Herriman
- Ewen Leslie
Larrikins is based on an original idea by the Australian screenplay writer, Harry Cripps. He started working on the script in 2011, after DreamWorks Animation decided to make a film with an Australian story. Announced in 2013, Tim Minchin was initially only set to write the music and lyrics for the film, with possibility to have additional creative role at the film. Minchin, who liked classical Disney animated musicals like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin, had made a deal with DreamWorks Animation, after he had complained to Will Davies, one of the writers of How to Train Your Dragon, that no one had been doing such animated musical anymore. Waiting for almost four years for the right screenplay, DWA gave him the Cripps' script, which got the Minchin's attention: "...it's a bit Star Wars, a bit Gods Must Be Crazy, a big road journey... It's really funny and cheeky and Australian, without being parochially, nationalistically Australian." Minchin and Cripps then reworked the story with songs, successfully setting the project in motion. By 2014, Minchin's role expanded to directing the film, with Chris Miller joining him by 2016.
The title itself, Larrikins, is an Australian slang word for maverick or rebel. This will be the third animated musical made by DreamWorks, following The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Trolls (2016). This will also be Hugh Jackman's third time collaborating with DWA, following Flushed Away (2006) and Rise of the Guardians (2012).
Larrikins is scheduled to be released on February 16, 2018, by Universal Pictures.
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