Foodfight! cast announced

Posted by: MacReady

Threshold Animation Studios and Lions Gate Family Entertainment are making a trip to the supermarket, a superstar affair with the announcement of casting for several voice roles in their animated epic "Foodfight!". Joining the previously announced cast members Hilary and Haylie Duff are Charlie Sheen, Eva Longoria, Wayne Brady, Chris Kattan and Christopher Lloyd, who will give voice to the main characters in the feature which will include more than 15,000 characters in what may be the largest animated scene ever.

"Foodfight!", which will be distributed by Lions Gate Family Entertainment and is scheduled for a Fall 2006 release, takes place in a supermarket which comes to life as a city unto itself. The film is being directed by Threshold CEO Lawrence Kasanoff ("True Lies", "Mortal Kombat") from a screenplay by Brent Friedman, Rebecca Swanson and Sean Derek, based on a story by Kasanoff and Joshua Wexler.

Sheen ("Two and a Half Men", "Platoon", "Major League") will voice the lead role of Dex Dogtective. Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") is Lady X, the leader of the villainous Brand X group. Brady ("The Wayne Brady Show", "Whose Line Is It?") is Daredevil Dan; Lloyd ("Back to the Future", "Taxi") Mr. Clipboard; and Kattan ("Saturday Night Live", "A Night at the Roxbury") Polar Penguin.

They join Hilary and Haylie Duff ("Material Girls") who provide the voices for Sunshine Goddess and Sweetcakes, respectively. Casting for the film is being handled by Heidi Klein and Robin Klein. Utilizing a cast of thousands and myriad CG special effects powered by Threshold’s association with IBM, "Foodfight!" is a world unlike anything seen before. In addition to the unique characters developed for the story – and voiced by the cast of stars – the creators have acquired the rights to include nearly every consumer packaged goods company’s characters as the supermarket comes to life. Included are Mr. Clean, Charlie the Tuna, Twinkie the Kid and hundreds more, who take on the role of supporting background "actors" in the film.

"This cast absolutely completes our vision for these characters. They each bring a unique style and humor to their role, and their voices will add another element of life to the 3D animation and new technology we are using in production of the film," said Kasanoff. "This is a huge movie with an enormous cast, comprised of rising stars and those that have been adored for generations. Securing the right actors to voice the characters was a huge undertaking, and we are absolutely thrilled that Charlie, Eva, Wayne, Chris, and Christopher are joining Hillary and Haylie to make this film as special as we have always anticipated it would be."

Adds Ortenberg, "We're thrilled with the way that this project is evolving. It's shaping up to be a truly top-notch family picture. Everything about 'Foodfight!', from the groundbreaking animation technologies being employed, to the master storyteller we have in director Larry Kasanoff, to the all-star cast that the project has attracted - perfectly reflects the nascent Lions Gate Family Entertainment division’s mandate to produce large scale, high quality family entertainment."

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