Kelly Clarkson joins ‘UglyDolls’ as a voice lead

Kelly Clarkson
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STX Entertainment’s UglyDolls will have its leading role being voiced by a Grammy-Award winning artist, Kelly Clarkson. STXfilms, a division of STX Entertainment, will release UglyDolls in theatres in 2019. Previously, Clarkson has voiced the role of Leah in Columbia Pictures’ 2017 animated Christmas film The Star. Clarkson has more than 25 million albums sold since winning the first American Idol. The animated feature is based on the plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, which was named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006. STX’s plan to release UglyDolls theatrically in 2019 is with hopes of launching a franchise. An animated kid’s series is under making with a full series order from Hulu, and Hasbro has joined early on as global master toy licensee.

The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records. Pitbull will perform original songs written for the film and provide original music.

The story revolves around the protagonist is Moxy (Clarkson) who along with her UglyDolls/friends confront what it means to be different. Together, they struggle with their desire to be loved and discovering who truly they are.

“The UglyDolls universal message celebrating our differences and individuality really resonates with me, and when STX showed me how incredible UglyDolls will look and feel, I jumped at being part of that world,” Clarkson said in a statement. “I can’t wait to start working with the team at STX, the cast, and filmmakers.”

Cinesite Studios to animate first CG feature adaptation of ‘The Addams Family’

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) have tapped visual effects house Cinesite Studios to provide computer generated animation and digital visual effects for the feature film based on the The Addams Family, the macabre clan made famous by cartoonist Charles Addams.

Production is underway at Cinesite, Vancouver to immediately begin work on the feature. During the course of the production it is expected that over 200 artists, technicians and support staff will be employed to work on the film at the Vancouver studio. Line producer Barbara Zelinski will oversee for Cinesite Studios.

The film will be directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monster vs. AliensSausage Party) produced by Vernon, Gail Berman under her banner The Jackal Group and Alex Schwartz. It will be executive produced by Andrew Mittman and Kevin Miserocchi. Tabitha Shick, MGM’s executive director, Worldwide Motion Pictures is overseeing the project on behalf of the studio. Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House) wrote the screenplay based on the cartoon series with revisions by Matt Lieberman.

‘The Addams Family’ animated series

Group CEO Antony Hunt said, “We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with MGM and their trust in us as a leading animation studio to re-introduce The Addams Family to a brand-new generation.”

The Addams Family is a satirical inversion of the ideal American family- an eccentric, wealthy clan who delight in the macabre and is unaware that people find them bizarre or frightening. They originally appeared as an unrelated group of 150 single panel cartoons by Addams, about half of which were originally published in The New Yorker between debuting in 1938 and Addams’ 1988 death. They have since been adapted to other media, including the well-known television series, a series of live-action films, and most recently a Broadway musical.

The Addams Family (MGM) will be the fourth CG animated feature to be created by Cinesite after The Star (Sony Pictures Animation), Gnome Alone (3QU Media) and Charming (3QU Media). The production will be based in British Columbia while Cinesite’s Quebec studio continues work on the remaining projects within 3QU Media’s slate and other feature animation productions in development.

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