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Relativity and Reel FX Round Out Flock on Free Birds

Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo, Danny Carey and Josh Lawson
Join Voice Cast of Animated Comedy

Free Birds

(Beverly Hills, Calif.) June 5, 2013 – Relativity and Reel FX announced today that they have cast Hispanic radio personality Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo (Ice Age: Continental Drift), drummer for the world-renowned rock band Tool Danny Carey and Australian actor Josh Lawson (The Campaign) as the newest voice over talent in their upcoming animated comedy Free Birds, helmed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears A Who!). The film is jointly produced and financed by Relativity and Reel FX and is set for wide theatrical release in 2D and 3D on November 1, 2013.

Free Birds also features the voice talent of Owen Wilson, who previously voiced Lightning McQueen in Disney Pixar’s Cars, Woody Harrelson from The Hunger Games, Amy Poehler who voiced Sally O’Malley in Horton Hears a Who!, Lesley Nicol from “Downtown Abbey,” George Takei from Star Trek, Dan Fogler, who previously voiced Zeng in Dreamworks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda, Con Air’s Colm Meaney, and Keith David who voiced The Cat in Coraline.


In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.
Producing are Scott Mosier (Clerks), Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II), John Strauss (The Santa Claus 2) and David l. Stern (Hotel Transylvania).  The screenplay was written by Stern and Strauss, with a rewrite by Mazin.

Reel FX is a movie studio that develops and produces both animated films and live action movies. In addition to Free Birds, Reel FX’s growing animation slate includes The Book of Life (Guillermo del Toro producing) and an adaptation of the Beasts of Burden comic book series (Aron Warner and Andrew Adamson producing).  Reel FX’s own film slate follows almost 20 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for animated content including films, special attraction/live venue projects and interactive projects for companies like Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios.

Looking forward, Relativity will release the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (in theatres August 16, 2013), Luc Besson’s comedic action film The Family (in theatres September 20, 2013) with EuropaCorp, Scott Cooper’s gritty drama currently-titled Out of the Furnace (in theatres October 4, 2013) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s daring directorial debut Don Jon (in theatres October 18, 2013).

Relativity (relativitymedia.com) is a next-generation studio engaged in multiple aspects of entertainment, including film production; financing and distribution; television; sports management; music publishing and digital media.

The studio has produced, distributed or structured financing for more than 200 motion pictures, generating more than $22 billion in worldwide box office revenue and earning 73 Oscar® nominations. Recent films include: Safe Haven, Act of Valor and Immortals, the latter both opening number one at the box office in their debut. Relativity’s other films include the eight-time Oscar® nominee The Social Network as well as Limitless and two time Oscar® winner The Fighter. Upcoming films include the Robert Luketic thriller Paranoia starring Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford, Oscar® nominee Gary Oldman and Liam Hemsworth and Luc Besson’s The Family, starring Oscar® winner Robert De Niro, Oscar® nominee Michelle Pfeiffer and Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones.

Relativity Television is one of the country’s largest suppliers of unscripted television and has recently expanded to produce scripted series. Relativity Sports is the industry’s fastest growing sports agency, providing NBA, NFL and MLB athletes with services ranging from contract negotiation to custom film and television content production.

Reel FX is a movie studio that develops and produces both animated films and live action movies. The company’s feature slate includes Free Birds, Day of the Dead and an adaptation of the Beasts of Burden comic-book series.

Reel FX launched its feature length development and production slate in 2010 after almost 20 years of experience as an award-winning one-stop studio for the creation of animated content including films, special attraction/live venue projects, and interactive projects for companies like Fox, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios.

Since starting the development and production of feature films, Reel FX has aligned itself with some of the most recognized and respected names and brands in the entertainment industry for its projects including, Day of the Dead (Guillermo Del Toro, Jorge R. Gutierrez), the Beasts of Burden adaptation (Dark Horse Comics, Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner), Free Birds (Jimmy Hayward, Craig Mazin) and Cirque Du Soleil: World’s Away (Cirque Du Soleil, James Cameron, Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner).

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