« 6th Annual VES Awards - Nominations List | Main | Cover Story: 'The Spiderwick Chronicles' »

January 7, 2008

South of the Border

So after a couple of weeks on holiday break, I'm back into the vfx grind, and am slated for duty on Disney's South of the Border. I haven't actually really started working on it yet, I'm finishing up some EPK's (Electronic Press Kit) breakdowns from Cloverfield for the DVD, VES, and Siggraph submissions this year, but I will be going South of the Border later this week... so what is it?

"While on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills chihuahua (Drew Barrymore), finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home."

Tippett Studio will bring the animal sidekicks to life. Chico the iguana and Manuel the rat. They will also create several of the fully CG dogs in many of the film's action sequences. Blair Clark and Frank Petzold will be Tippett's in-house VFX Supervisors.

Manuel: A fast-talking pack rat. Manuel is a con artist who works in partnership with Chico, an iguana. a slippery trickster who tries to work every angle, Manuel offers to help a stranded Chloe - in exchange for her diamond collar. A rat who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, Manuel stays on Chloe's path, but soon realizes he has too many pangs of guilt to be a true grifter.

Chico: An iguana. Chico is Manuel's partner; he pretends to be eating Manuel, so that passersby will perceive Manuel as a victim, not as a predator in disguise. Chico tends to let Manuel do the talking, but after they make off with Chloe's diamond necklace, Chico serves as Manuel's conscience, pointing out the invisible pangs of guilt from which they both suffer.

I've seen these critters were doing on the show, the rat is voiced by Cheech Marin, and the other is a pretty slick looking Iguana voiced by ??? can't recall at the moment. But the critters are looking sweet.

The first teaser trailer will be attached The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

Directed by Raja Gosnell (Scooby-Doo, Big Mamma's House, Home Alone 3) yeahhh! what?!

Release Date: August 8th, 2008

See Also:
South of the Border / IMDB
South of the Border / Wiki
South of the Border / HWR Article
And for way more information then you'd ever want to read about:
South of the Border / stb.meyemind.com

(Barrymore yipping at Disney's 'South')
Drew Barrymore has been cast as the lead voice in "South of the Border," a Walt Disney Pictures comedy being directed by Raja Gosnell.

Also lending their voices to the live-action movie in which the animals talk is a who's who of Latino actors including Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Placido Domingo, Edward James Olmos and Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo.

"South" chronicles the adventures of a pampered Beverly Hills chihuahua named Chloe (Barrymore) accustomed to riding in a purse. While on vacation in Mexico, she gets lost and must rely on her friends to help her get back home.

Garcia is playing a German shepherd who was kicked off the police force because he lost his sense of smell and has now given up on life. Hayek is Chloe's spirit guide who helps her find her true heritage.

Lopez is Papi, a macho romantic Chihuahua who will do anything for the love of Chloe. Piper Perabo was previously cast as the Chloe's human owner searching for her lost pet.

David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and John Jacobs are producing the film, which was written by Jeff Bushell and Analisa Labianco.

LouAnne Brickhouse and Todd Murata oversee for the studio.

Barrymore, whose recent credits include "Lucky You" and "Music and Lyrics," has done voice work in the past, having been heard in last year's "Curious George" as well as on TV's "Family Guy." She is repped by CAA.


Posted by dschnee at January 7, 2008 7:04 AM