Pride - Press Archive - High-tech animation purrs with celeb voices on 'Pride'

Source: USA Today

High-tech animation purrs with celeb voices on 'Pride'
03 June 2004
A new, original A&E Network film premiering June 21 takes you into a
den of lions, using a mixture of live footage and computer-generated
animation created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, plus the voices of
leading British actors.
The movie, Pride, is the coming-of-age tale of two young cubs and the
dangers their family faces in the wilds of South Africa. To get up close and
personal with the big cats, the filmmakers used a specially designed,
remote-controlled mobile camera called the "boulder-cam," a two-foot-wide
fiberglass container that looks like a rock and houses a wide-angle mini-cam
and microphone inside. "It gets so close that you can hear the cubs breathe
as their whiskers brush against the lens," director John Downer says.
Helen Mirren provides the voice for the mother lion whose daughter
(Kate Winslet) mates with Dark (Sean Bean), a lion from another pride.
Other voices are provided by John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane and
Rupert Graves. The movie will also come out on DVD from BBC Video
Sept. 7.
— Mike Snider


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