Owen Wilson just finished voicing an animal for Wes Anderson’s upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox. To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what kind of animal Coach Skip is from the trailer. He’s certainly an albino something. Anyway, Wilson is returning to the voice-over well, this time as the comic strip Great Dane star, Marmaduke.
“The Hollywood Reporter” mentions that Wilson was the final piece in the live-action/CGI blend Marmaduke casting puzzle. Already signed on to play human characters are Judy Greer, Lee Pace and William H. Macy. Speaking of Bill Macy, why isn’t he in better films? He’s in this and he was just in Robert Rodriguez’s Shorts fighting a booger monster. If Paul Thomas Anderson is going to be the only one to hand him good roles anymore, PTA needs to get cracking on something new. Diatribe over. In addition to Wilson, Fergie, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Steve Coogan, Damon Wayans and Marlon Wayans will provide voices for CG characters. Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon) is directing from a script by Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio (License to Wed).
These films certainly aren’t looking to corral me or my demographic as an audience member, but for what it’s worth, this project means nothing to me. It’s basically Garfield with a dog, as far as I can tell, and in his Zombieland cameo, Bill Murray said Garfield was the biggest regret of his career. I’m sure it will make all involved sufficiently rich, but it doesn’t seem necessary to me. However, I do think it’s a better option than Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.