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As a director, Byron Howard is two for two in the film department, both with 2008's Bolt and 2010's Tangled. Both films were major successes both domestically and overseas, while Rotten Tomatoes has them listed with 88% and 90% approval ratings, respectively. We look forward to seeing what he does next, and apparently he's not only found his project, but also a star.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Howard has begun work on a new film with Walt Disney Animation and that Jason Bateman has signed on the voice the lead character. Unfortunately, everything else about the movie remains a mystery, much like most projects in early development at Disney and Pixar. The trade does say that it's an "untitled animal comedy" that has not yet found a release date. When you think about how many animated movies have animals for lead characters, that's not really much to go on.

Bateman's only voice-over credit on a feature film is the 2006 English-language version of Luc Besson's Arthur and the Invisibles, but he has a good deal of experience with voice-over on the small screen. He had a featured role on the short-lived animated series Sit Down and Shut Up, and also guest starred on shows like The Fairly Odd Parents and King of the Hill. He will soon be seen in the long-awaited fourth season of Arrested Development, which will be on Netflix at the end of this month, and is currently in post-production on Bad Words, his directorial debut about an asshole adult who joins a national spelling bee. for children.