More Stars Under DreamWork’s Hedge

DreamWorks Animation SKG’s upcoming CG comedy feature, Over the Hedge, has increased its star power with the signing of Oscar nominee Nick Nolte, Star Trek alum William Shatner, The Office’s Steve Carell, rocker Avril Lavigne, comedian Wanda Sykes, The West Wing’s Allison Janney and A Mighty Wind co-stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. The new recruits will join Bruce Willis and Garry Shandling, who are voicing the lead roles.

Adapted from the comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, Over the Hedge is a buddy comedy about woodland pals who awake from a long winter’s nap to find a suburban housing development encroaching on their turf. While most of the animals fear the new neighbors, R.J., a con artist racoon (Willis), convinces turtle friend Verne (Gary Shandling) and the others that there is a gold mine to be found in the trash cans and homes of the human invaders. Tim Johnson and Karey Kirkpatrick are directing from a script by Len Blum.

Nolte is set to make his toon debut as a bear named Vincent. Shatner, whose previous toon voice work includes Warner Bros.’ Osmosis Jones, will play Ozzie the possum, whose daughter, Heather, will be voiced by Lavigne. Carell will play a squirrel named Hammy while Sykes takes on the persona of Stella the skunk. After playing a starfish in Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Janney returns to human form this time around as a Realtor named Gladys. Fresh off a featured role in Disney’s upcoming CG feature, Chicken Little, O’Hara will voice a porcupine named Penny, playing opposite fellow SCTV player Levy as porcupine Lew. Levy will also be heard along with Will Ferrell in Universal’s forthcoming adaptation of the popular children’s book, Curious George.