Netflix announced today that the new animated film Back to the Outback will make its global debut in Fall 2021. The comedy adventure marks the directorial debuts of filmmakers Clare Knight and Harry Cripps.
The Back to the Outback voice cast includes Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Rachel House, Keith Urban, Celeste Barber, Wayne Knight, Aislinn Derbez, Diesel Cash La Torraca, Lachlan Ross Power, and Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver.
Isla Fisher (Rango) plays Maddie the snake, Tim Minchin is Pretty Boy the koala, Eric Bana (Munich) voices Chaz the zookeeper, Guy Pearce (Memento) is Frank the spider, Miranda Tapsell (Top End Wedding) plays Zoe the thorny devil lizard, Angus Imrie (The Kid Who Would Be King) is Nigel the scorpion, and Rachel House (Moana) as Jacinta the great white shark.
Grammy winner Keith Urban will play Doug the cane toad, Celeste Barber (The Letdown) is Skylar the koala, Wayne Knight (Jurassic Park) voices Phil the platypus, Aislinn Derbez (La Casa de las Flores) portrays Legs the redback spider, Diesel Cash La Torraca (Little Monsters) is Chazzie, YouTuber Lachlan Ross Power voices Tasmanian Dave, and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is Jackie the crocodile.
In Back to the Outback, tired of being locked in a reptile house where humans gawk at them like they’re monsters, a ragtag group of Australia’s deadliest creatures plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback, a place where they’ll fit in without being judged for their scales and fangs.
Leading the group is Maddie (Isla Fisher), a poisonous snake with a heart of gold, who bands together with a self-assured Thorny Devil lizard Zoe (Miranda Tapsell), a lovelorn hairy spider Frank (Guy Pearce), and a sensitive scorpion Nigel (Angus Imrie).
But when their nemesis — Pretty Boy (Tim Minchin), a cute but obnoxious koala — unexpectedly joins their escape, Maddie and the gang have no choice but to take him with them. So begins a hair-raising and hilarious road trip across Australia, as they are pursued by a zookeeper Chaz (Eric Bana) and his adventure-seeking mini-me (Diesel Cash La Torraca).
Back to the Outback is an animated adventure that proves just because something’s different, doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful.
Daniela Mazzucato produces, and Weed Road Pictures’ Akiva Goldsman and Greg Lessans, who developed the story with Cripps, executive produce.
Clare Knight was previously an editor on The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and the Kung Fu Panda trilogy. Harry Cripps (Penguin Bloom) wrote the script.
“I have always been touched by stories of hidden beauty,” said director Clare Knight. “Maddie is both uniquely beauty and beast, and to get to present that message in comedy is the icing on the cake.”
Harry Cripps added: “Growing up in Australia, I spent a lot of time in the Blue Mountains which has many different types of snakes and spiders, and I always preferred them to the cute cuddly animals, so it’s such a treat to make a film where the heroes are these poisonous but beautiful little creatures. This film is a love letter to Australia’s incredibly diverse and unique wildlife.”
The music for the animated film will be composed by Rupert Gregson-Williams (Aquaman). The movie will feature songs by Tim Minchin (Broadway’s Matilda).
The animation and imagery of Back to the Outback is being created by ReelFX.