Tim Minchin is set to add his quirky musical magic to DreamWorks' new animated film, Larrikins. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony-nominated Matilda composer will write the score for the studio's new production, which will be set in Australia. He will likely take on a larger creative role in addition to writing the music and lyrics for the film.
Larrikins tells the story of a desert-dwelling marsupial who leaves his family burrow for an adventure in the Australian outback. When he ventures out and becomes privy to a dangerous secret, he finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the mystical and untamed Australian outback. The British-born Minchin, who was raised in Australia, said, "The Australian outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, and the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky. It's going to be bloody good fun."
Minchin is the composer and lyricist of the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda, the Olivier Award-winning West End and Broadway show which is in the running for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.
DreamWorks has released over 25 animated feature films, including Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.