A host of star names, including Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue are to provide the voices for Pathe Pictures' CGI animated feature The Magic Roundabout.
The $20m movie, to be directed by Dave Borthwick of Bristol-based animation studio bolexbrothers, will also feature the voices of Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Joanna Lumley, Richard O'Brien and Tom Baker. Williams and Minogue star as Dougal and Florence (pictured).
Based on the classic cult TV series created in the late 60s, production began in Bristol and Marseilles at the end of September and is expected to last 18 months.
Pathe is co-financing the film with the UK's Film Council and Sky Movies as an Inside Track co-production for Pathe Pictures between Films Action and bolexbrothers SPZ. The producers are Laurent Rodon and Andy Leighton.
Pathe will distribute The Magic Roundabout in the UK and France in 2004, and Pathe International will sell the film throughout the rest of the world starting at this year's MIFED
Pathe was producer and distributor of Chicken Run - the highest grossing British animation film of all time. Chicken Run was released in June 2000 and earned $46.8m at the UK box office.