Canada’s Bron Animation has signed comedy stars Maya Rudolph, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski and veteran voice actor Sean Cullen for its upcoming animated kids’ book adaptation The Willoughbys.
Written by Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry and published in 2010, the story follows the four Willoughby children: Tim, Jane and the twins, Barnaby A and B. Abandoned by their selfish parents, they embark on a wild adventure through the modern world, colliding with a cat, an orphan, a nanny and a candy mogul, to reunite with the family they were born into only to discover along the way the value of love in the family they choose.
Rudolph will voice for Nanny who looks after the Willoughby children. Crews will voice for the candy mogul Commander Melanoff while Short and Krakowski will lend their voice to Father and Mother Willoughby, parents so much in love with each other that they forget they even have children. Cullen will voice for the twin boys Barnaby A and B. All yje voiceover artists will join narrator Ricky Gervais.
Sony Pictures Animation veteran Kris Pearn will write and direct while Bron’s Brenda Gilbert, Aaron L. Gilbert and Luke Carroll will produce the fil