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    Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:27:12

    All Star Cast Lining Up For "Spirit of the Forest" - Stars show their "green" sides for eco fairy tale

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    These days, every industry is showing its environmentally friendly side and embarking on ecological initiatives. From cosmetic companies that use biodegradable packaging to actors like Leonardo DiCaprio purchasing a "green" apartment in NYC to clothing lines that utilize eco-friendly cotton, going green and caring about our old friend Mother Earth is 2008's cause celebre. Of course, Hollywood filmmakers are getting in on the action, as an all-start voiceover cast is assembling for Fantastic Films International's CGI-animated eco fairy tale, Spirit of the Forest.

    Sean Astin, Giovanni Ribisi and Anjelica Huston have all signed on for the film, whose universal theme will appeal to audiences and moviegoers of all ages. Astin, who had the furriest hobbit feet in Middle Earth in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and is no stranger to fantasy films, and Ribisi will play two BFF gophers whose forest habitat is about to be paved over and transformed into a highway, thanks to an evil business lady, played by Huston. The gophers don't go down with a fight for their home and enlist the help of an old oak tree to save their forest.

    Interestingly enough, the film will see release in Spain in September; other territories hope to release the film sometime in 2009. Kudos to all involved for injecting the classic fairy tale film convention with a current, topical subject that undoubtedly affects us all.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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