The upcoming animated and live-action talking-guinea-pig movie G-Force is a high-powered movie in the mold of producer Jerry Bruckheimer's adult actioners such as Enemy of the State and National Treasure, but for kids.
That's the assessment of co-star Will Arnett, who plays one of the few live-action adults in the movie. Which is appropriate, since Bruckheimer actually produced the movie.
"I kind of liken it to, ... it's just like a kid's movie, Bruckheimer-style," Arnett said of the movie. "It's just a big, fun movie for the entire family."
The 3-D film, which marks the directorial debut of veteran special-effects pro Hoyt Yeatman, follows a group of heroic animal secret agents tasked with saving the world from the machinations of a no-good human billionaire (Bill Nighy). The title animal squad, called G-Force, includes the guinea pigs Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Juarez (Penelope Cruz), as well as the fly Mooch (Edwin Louis) and the mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage). As the adventure unfolds, they encounter the pet-shop guinea pig Hurley (Jon Favreau) and the hamster Bucky (Steve Buscemi).
"Actually, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Nighy and I are the live-action component of that movie," Arnett (Monsters vs. Aliens) said in a recent interview on the set of his latest movie, Jonah Hex. "I play kind of an FBI [agent] who discovers this secret program, and I want to shut it down. And then we get enmeshed with Bill Nighy, who's trying to rule the world. Zach Galifianakis [The Hangover] plays this bumbling [guy], which he is. He's a bumbling idiot."
G-Force opens nationwide on July 24.