Larrikins (film)

Directed by Tim Minchin
Chris Miller
Produced by Christina Steinberg
Gregg Taylor
Written by Harry Cripps
Music by Tim Minchin[1]
Edited by Michael Andrews
Distributed by Universal Pictures[2]
Release dates
  • February 16, 2018 (2018-02-16)
Country United States
Language English

Larrikins is an upcoming 2018 American computer animated musical comedy[3] 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.[2] 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.[4]


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.[3]



Larrikins is based on an original idea by the Australian screenplay writer, Harry Cripps.[3][6] He started working on the script in 2011, after DreamWorks Animation decided to make a film with an Australian story.[7] 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.[3] 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: "'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,[6] with Chris Miller joining him by 2016.[8]

The title itself, Larrikins, is an Australian slang word for maverick or rebel.[1] 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.[4]


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  2. 1 2 D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 19, 2016). "'How To Train Your Dragon 3' & 'Larrikins' Move From Fox To Uni Release Schedule". Deadline. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "DreamWorks Animation Goes to The Outback with Larrikins". June 6, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Dates Set for Madagascar 4, The Croods 2, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants, and Hitman". June 12, 2014. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. Itzkoff, Dave (April 27, 2016). "For Margot Robbie, the Hustle Never Stops". The New York Times. p. AR22. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  6. 1 2 Quinn, Karl. "Tim Minchin's dream works: it's an animated bilby musical comedy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  7. Windsor, Harry (April 6, 2016). "Harry Cripps on writing Larrikins for Tim Minchin and Dreamworks". If Magazine. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  8. Busch, Anita (May 23, 2016). "DreamWorks Animation Hires Exec From Paramount As New Head Of Development". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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