Pathe UK today announced that top British comedian Lee Evans is to join Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Bill Nighy, Joanna Lumley, Jim Broadbent, Sir Ian McKellan, Ray Winstone and Tom Baker in the already phenomenal voice line up for ‘The Magic Roundabout’, due for national release on February 11th 2005.
Lee Evans, currently starring in the West End’s hottest property ‘The Producers’, has signed up to voice the part of plucky and courageous Train in the much-anticipated remake of the 1960’s children’s classic. ‘It’s really exciting to be involved in this project’ he said ‘The Magic Roundabout has become something of a national treasure, now we can pass this onto the next generation to enjoy.’
Pathe Uk’s managing director Francois Invernel comments ‘ Harvey Weinstein of Miramax, the North American distributor, was instrumental in securing Lee as the voice of Train. Pathe and Miramax are delighted with this addition to the fabulous array of talent assembled on the film.’
In the Enchanted Village, The Magic Roundabout lies in ruin, encased in ice.
It is the work of the chillingly evil sorcerer Zeebad, whose dastardly mission is to enslave the earch and freeze it over forever. Ranged against the wicked magician are four of the unlikeliest heroes ever gathered together in an all-action adventure. Brian (a lovesick snail), Ermintrude (an opera-singing cow), Dylan (a spaced-out rabbit), and Dougal (a sugar-loving dog).
Only by capturing three magic diamonds can this bizarre but intrepid band reverse the onset of the permafrost that threatens their existence. So begins a desperate race over time, over the bubbling lava of a fiery volcano, deep into the heart of a treacherous tropical temple, and across a vast icy wilderness and perilous snow-capped peaks.
Can our four heroes prevail against seemingly unassailable odds? It will take teamwork, loyalty, fearlessness, cunning and guile to outwit their enemy and deliver the enchanted land from a frozen fate.
A tribute to the iconic TV series, THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT is rich in the kind of edge-of-the-seat excitement, characterful humour and gentle charm that will bewitch a whole new generation of children when it arrives in cinemas in 2005.