Last night, at the World Animation and VFX Festival in Marina Del Rey, producer Tiffany Ward presented voice actress legend June Foray with a lifetime achievement award (below photo) - and tipped some news to the crowd. Today Dreamworks Animation made it official - there will be a new Rocky and Bullwinkle theatrical short released in 2014.
Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring the legendary June Foray as the voice of Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel, is an all-new short produced in the style of the original Jay Ward cartoon serials - albeit in 3-D CGI and in full animation. Dreamworks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman opens on March 7, reintroducing characters who initially appeared on the original Rocky And His Friends show - but no word yet if the the new Rocky and Bullwinkle short will accompany the feature.
"For an incredible 83 years, June Foray has left a tremendous imprint on the entire entertainment industry," said Executive Producer Tiffany Ward. "Her amazingly indelible performances have enchanted generations and earned her a permanent place in the annals of popular culture."
Rocky & Bullwinkle is being directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast), produced by Denise Nolan Cascino (Megamind) and written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum). It stars June Foray as the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as the voice of Bullwinkle Moose.
Images at top and below snapped at the Licensing Show in Las Vegas this past June.