Madonna Brings Arthur to NY Schools

Pop icon Madonna, who voices the animated female lead in the English-language version of director Luc Besson’s new family feature Arthur and the Invisibles, will host a special screening of the film Thursday afternoon for some lucky students in New York City. She’ll be visiting two charter schools that are supported by Robin Hood, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) and Achievement First, giving kids an advance look at the movie before it opens in North American theaters on Friday, Jan. 12.

In the movie, Madonna voices the role of Princess Selenia, a feisty Minimoy living in a secret world of tiny people that Arthur discovers as he’s seeking a treasure that will allow his grandmother to keep her house. Other big-name actors lending their voices to the production include Robert De Niro, Jimmy Fallon, David Bowie, Emilio Estevez and Snoop Dogg. The film blends CG and live action and is based on Besson’s own best-selling children’s book, Arthur and the Minimoys. It is produced by Europacorp in co-production with Avalanche Prods. and Apipoulai Prods., and is being distributed by MGM and The Weinstein Co.

Robin Hood fights poverty in New York City by finding, funding and partnering with more than 200 of the most effective programs and schools in the city’s poorest neighborhoods. In 2006, the program invested more than $76 million in core programs and schools, and committed $66 million to capital projects to help poverty-stricken New Yorkers build better lives for themselves and their families. Robin Hood has been working closely with the KIPP network, which works to improve teaching and student performance and currently has 52 schools nationwide, including four middle schools in New York City.

Achievement First is a network of public charter schools. Co-founded and led by Yale law graduate Dacia Toll, the organization educates approximately 900 students in New York and New Haven, Connecticut.