Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, is reportedly venturing off Bikini Island to hop down the bunny trail with former 007 Roger Moore, Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon and Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the four have been signed to voice characters in Peter Cottontail: The Movie, a CG-animated feature slated for a spring 2005 release by Classic Media.
The title role of Peter goe to Kenny, who voices the characters Junior and Antoine. Moore trades in his license to kill for the villainous role of Irontail and Shannon mixes laughs and chills as female villain Jackie Frost. Lloyd serves as the pic’s narrator, Mr. Sassafras. Current Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson, star of the upcoming live-action Fat Albert feature, also lends his voice to the production, as do ex-SNL player David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) and School of Rock’s Miranda Cosgrove.
Mark Gravas, creator and director of Kapow Pictures’ animated series, Yakkity Yak, is directing Cottontail for producers Evan Baily of Classic Media, Ralph Guggenheim of Alligator Planet and Sandra Walters, Gravas’ partner in Kapow Pictures’. Classic Media chairman and CEO Eric Ellenbogen serves as exec producer.
With animation nearly finished, the film is being shopped to distributors this week at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, Calif.
Other projects in development at Classic Media include a live-action/CG adaptation of the classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, with Sprocketdyne Ent. and director Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, The Haunted Mansion).