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Jim Carrey isn't voicing a turtle, its a raccoon in CG version of OVER THE HEDGE!

Published at: May 6, 2003, 4:22 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... in that report we had yesterday from SHOW-CANADA, the writer said there was a property that had Jim Carrey as the voice of a turtle... Actually, this is the CG - OVER THE HEDGE animated feature starring Jim Carrey as RJ the Raccoon and Gary Shandling as Verne The Turtle. We'd run a story on this a long time ago which I didn't make the connection to, but here's the OVER THE HEDGE artist T Lewis to give us an update! Here ya go...

Harry,

I'm T Lewis. I draw the nationally syndicated comic strip "Over the Hedge" that I co-created with writer Mike Fry (a UT grad, btw, currently living in Buda). Runs in the Statesman and a bunch of other papers. The strip was bought by Dreamworks and is slated for a 2005 holiday opening.

Jim Carrey voices our star, RJ (a raccoon). Gary Shandling has signed to do Verne (a turtle, and as is usual with Verne, the source of the confusion).

Producer: Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story). Co-Producer: Jim Cox (Beauty & the Beast, Ferngully). Director: Tim Johnson (Antz, Sinbad). Co-director: Ash Brannon (Toy Story). Writer: Len Blum (Meatballs, Private Parts).

It'll be cgi. Wildly talented storyboard guys and gals are currently grinding away feverishly. My trips to the studio have been mind bending. Truthfully, it's been fascinating and humbling to have such howitzer-sized guns trained on our little creation.

A quick Google on "Hedge" and "Carrey" will fill in the details. The strip is in your paper, or on the web at UnitedMedia.Com

Thanks. I enjoy the site.

T

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  • May 6, 2003, 4:30 a.m. CST

    First

    by Hulkisgreat

    I'm first. Movie sounds fine.

  • May 6, 2003, 5:03 a.m. CST

    second

    by 9 Fingered Frodo

    comics are not funny

  • May 6, 2003, 5:04 a.m. CST

    third

    by 9 Fingered Frodo

    I can't wait til I get my CG andy capp.

  • May 6, 2003, 5:11 a.m. CST

    by caatwatch6

    Shadddapp!!

  • May 6, 2003, 5:12 a.m. CST

    shadddaaaappp!

    by caatwatch6

    shaddappp! all the im first...im second crap..nobody CARES!!

  • Hotdogs are made out of lips, and assholes, BROTHER!

  • May 6, 2003, 6:04 a.m. CST

    At least we don't have to look at Carreys smug gurning face...

    by earthworm

    ...its just a shame we have to listen to his whiney mugging voice. Garry Shandling is cool tho

  • May 6, 2003, 6:05 a.m. CST

    character td at dreamworks

    by wgeddes

    a friend of mine is a character rigger/animator at dreamworks, specifically for Over the Hedge. he hasn't told me much, since they're not at that stage yet, but if i find anything i'll post it here.

  • May 6, 2003, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Thank god they cleared that up!

    by Silver Shamrock

    Where would we be without Jim Carrey doing more wacky animal voices? He's on the fast track to becoming a Steven Segal or Van Damme type: an actor that people can't believe that they once paid top dollar to see at the movies.

  • May 6, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Cartoon casting news like this....

    by waylayer

    ...makes me glad we'll never see a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon, as there's no way in hell they'd do justice to the characters with any one celebrity voice such as those too. Then again, Watterson wouldn't have a cartoon of C&H made anyway.

  • May 6, 2003, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Cartoon casting news like this....

    by waylayer

    ...makes me glad we'll never see a Calvin & Hobbes cartoon, as there's no way in hell they'd do justice to the characters with any one celebrity voice such as those too. Then again, Watterson wouldn't have a cartoon of C&H made anyway. *friendswithbenefits.com*

  • May 6, 2003, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Berke Breathed's "Bloom County"/"Outland" movie is better news

    by beamish13

    "hairy fishnuts?" anyone that recognizes that phrase will earn a lot of respect from me.

  • May 6, 2003, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Hey OrionsAngel, Watership Down IS on DVD.

    by Osmosis Jones

    It's even in widescreen (fucking amazing for a catalogue "family" title these days). Nothing on it but the trailer, but the movie makes it a must-own. We don't need a CG version.

  • May 7, 2003, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Berke

    by DoctorBiotic

    "pear pimples for hairy fishnuts." Just cough up some dough, Mac.

  • May 7, 2003, 3:04 a.m. CST

    beamish13

    by St.Buggering

    Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts. That's a classic, and still one of my favorite comic strip moments of all time. Opus became thoroughly redefined shortly after that, but it's a hilarious bit. Just cough up some dough, mac.

  • May 8, 2003, 2:34 a.m. CST

    by StinkyMeat

    Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts?