‘Soldiers’ recruits vets

'Dirty Dozen' thesps voice toys

The voices of veteran actors Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy, Bruce Dern and Clint Walker have been added to characters in DreamWorks’ upcoming “Small Soldiers,” the studio revealed Friday.

Also in the mix is football player-turned-actor Jim Brown, whose voice will inhabit Butch Meathook, one of the computer-animated soldiers. Borgnine is Kip Killagin, Kennedy plays Brick Bazooka, Dern is Link Static and Walker plays Nick Nitro.

Their commanding officer is Major Chip Hazard, whose voice is provided by Tommy Lee Jones (Daily Variety, Feb. 4).

It may not be entirely coincidental that Borgnine, Brown, Kennedy and Walker appeared together in the classic World War II movie “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), in which a group of convicts serving life sentences are recruited for a commando suicide mission.

“Small Soldiers,” which opens July 10, also includes the voices of Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, who portrayed the hapless heavy-metal rockers in “This is Spinal Tap” (1983). In “Soldiers,” they are the Gorgonites, nasty-looking but likable high-tech toys led by Archer, whose voice comes from another veteran, Frank Langella.

The film’s Gwendy dolls get their voices from Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Christina Ricci (“The Ice Storm”).

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