Comedian Tim Minchin has been tapped by DreamWorks to do the music for a new animated film, the studio announced last week. The movie is set in Australia, where Minchin grew up, and it’s called Larrikins, which is Australian slang for mischievous youth. Larrikins follows a marsupial venturing out of his family’s burrow for a musical adventure across the Australian outback.
Minchin said in the press release, “I was lucky enough to grow-up in Western Australia and know that the Australian outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, and the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky. I am hugely excited to be working with [writer] Harry [Cripps] and the DreamWorks Animation team in their mission to capture some of this unique aesthetic and quirky, iconoclastic culture on film. It’s going to be bloody good fun.”
Minchin, who was recently nominated for a Tony for co-writing Matilda the Musical, will write the music and lyrics for Larrikins, in addition taking on a creative role. It’ll be pretty exciting for fans of Minchin’s comedy if this ends up being the next Shrek.