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Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling Send DreamWorks "Over the Hedge"
July 16, 2002

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Jim Carrey and Garry Shandling will team for the first time in DreamWorks Pictures' animated comedy "Over the Hedge," based on the popular comic strip by Michael Fry and T Lewis. The film marks the first animation voice work of any kind for Jim Carrey, and the animated feature film debut for both actors.

"Over the Hedge" will be the second computer animated project to be produced entirely at DreamWorks' animation studio in Glendale, following the comedy "Sharkslayer." "Over the Hedge" is currently slated for release in 2005.

Bonnie Arnold is producing "Over the Hedge" having previously produced the first computer animated blockbuster "Toy Story." She more recently produced the Disney animated hit "Tarzan."

The film will be directed by Tim Johnson, who had co-directed the PDI/DreamWorks computer animated hit comedy "Antz." Johnson is currently co-directing the animated action adventure "Sinbad," to be released in Summer 2003. The "Over the Hedge" screenplay is being adapted from the comic strip by Len Blum, whose previous writing credits include the live action comedy hits "Private Parts," "Beethoven's 2nd," "Stripes" and "Meatballs." "Over the Hedge" will mark Blum's animation debut.

In "Over the Hedge," Jim Carrey will voice the mischievous con-artist raccoon R.J. and Garry Shandling will be the voice of the sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors. Together, Verne and R.J. form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with -- and even exploit -- this strange new world called suburbia.

Jim Carrey won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his performances in "The Truman Show" and "Man on the Moon," also receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the latter. He earned three additional Golden Globe nominations in the same category for his work in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Liar, Liar" and "The Mask." Carrey's film credits also include the comedy blockbusters "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," as well as "Batman Forever," "The Cable Guy," "Me, Myself & Irene" and "The Majestic." He is next set to star in "Bruce Almighty," to be directed by Tom Shadyac.

Garry Shandling earned multiple Emmy nominations for his work as both a performer and a writer for the acclaimed cable television shows "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and "The Larry Sanders Show." He also received two Golden Globe nominations for his work as an actor on the latter. In addition, he has appeared in such feature films as "Zoolander," "What Planet Are You From?," which he also wrote and produced, "Hurlyburly" and "Mixed Nuts," and was the voice of a pigeon in 1998's "Dr. Dolittle."

SOURCE: DreamWorks SKG

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