Will Arnett plays opposite CG guinea pigs in Disney's G-Force

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Will Arnett, who stars in Disney's Jerry Bruckheimer-produced 3-D family film G-Force, told a group of reporters that the film brings Bruckheimer-level action to a young audience. In the film, a squad of talking guinea pigs goes on secret spy missions for the government. New father Arnett was confident that kids would enjoy it.

"G-Force is a really fun movie for, I guess, for the whole family, and for kids particularly," Arnett said in a news conference last week in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting Monsters vs. Aliens. "I like to think of it as a kids' movie, Bruckheimer style. He brings a lot of the action and adventure that people are used to in a Jerry Bruckheimer film and brings it to a broader audience, weaves a storyline that's something that kids can really appreciate and get behind."

The guinea pigs are voiced by a who's who of A-list celebrities, from Nicolas Cage to Penelope Cruz. Arnett has one of the live-action roles.

"I play an FBI agent who's trying to shut down this rogue government project that was developed to try to give animals, domestic animals, the ability to speak, to use as spies," Arnett says. "This crazy scientist played by Zach Galifianakis, he's kind of at odds with this maniacal sort of devilish entrepreneur billionaire played by Bill Nighy, so there's this crazy web."

Arnett joked that he was jealous he had to actually show up on set when his co-stars could just record voices later. "Of course there is an animated aspect to it, because there are all these sort of CG characters that are in the film," he said. "These other actors—Jon Favreau, Sam Rockwell, all these guys, Tracy Morgan—they get to put their voice in at the end after we've already finished shooting. So it does seem a little unfair." G-Force opens July 24.