Trio have nose for toon

February 3, 2003 
By Geoffrey Berkshire

Malcolm McDowell, Howie Mandel and Whoopi Goldberg have been added to the vocal cast of CineGroupe's "P3K, Pinocchio 3000." Canada's first full-length 3-D animated feature, "P3K" is slated for a 2004 release.

McDowell will voice Mayor Scamboli, the technocratic megalomaniacal leader of Scamboville; Mandel voices Gepetto's trusted cyborg penguin assistant, Spencer; and Goldberg voices good fairy Cyberina.

Computer graphic artist Daniel Robichaud, whose credits include "Apollo 13" and "Titanic," will make his helming debut on the project from a script by Peter Svatek. Pic is a co-production of Montreal-based CineGroupe, AnimaKids of France and Castelao of Spain. Executive producers are Jacques Pettigrew and Hubert Gariepy; producers are Louis Duquet, Philippe Garrel and Paco Rodriguez.

CineGroupe will handle worldwide distribution excluding Canada, England, Spain and Latin America.