Toon folks gather with A-listers for lunch
NEW YORK — If only Chris Rock had been as unrestrained hosting the Oscars.
At a DreamWorks Animation event at Lincoln Center on Sunday, Rock ribbed the kids in the audience for being rich.
“I even saw two white women outside pushing their own strollers … no nannies,” said Rock, who provides the voice of the Zebra in the soon-to-unspool “Madagascar.”
The afternoon presentation at Alice Tully Hall provided a crash course on the animation process, as well as a parade of A-listers whose voices will be featured in upcoming projects, including Jerry Seinfeld, producer-writer-star of “Bee Movie,” which is slated for release in 2007.
“Today” co-host and weatherman Al Roker moderated the event, which was carefully watched over by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and other members of his team. Also present was Nick Park of U.K.-based Aardman Animations, which is partnering with DreamWorks on the upcoming release “Wallace & Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.”
Crowd hooted and hollered when Mike Myers arrived to read a scene from “Shrek 2” with a boy plucked from the audience, who was quickly coached by “Shrek” writer-director Andrew Adamson.
DreamWorks Animation also announced at the event that Justin Timberlake will provide the voice of Artie, aka King Arthur, in “Shrek 3.”