Friday, June 22, 2018

Ken Hudson Campbell Replaces Jeffrey Tambor as Voice in Paramount and Nickelodeon’s Upcoming Animated Movie ‘Wonder Park’

Ken Hudson Campbell is now voicing the character of Boomer the Bear

Jeffrey Tambor, who in recent months has been accused of harassment, has been replaced as voice talent in Paramount and Nickelodeon's upcoming CG-animated theatrical movie Wonder Park, a Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday (21st June 2018).

Tambor has been replaced in the film, which had previously been titled Adventure Park and Amusement Park, by Ken Hudson Campbell, whose credits include Armageddon, Groundhog Day and Home Alone.

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“Jeffrey Tambor is not part of the final voice cast for Wonder Park. During production, we came to the decision that it was in the best interests of the film to go in a different direction,” the Paramount spokesperson told TheWrap. “The character of Boomer the Bear is now voiced by the very talented Ken Hudson Campbell.”

Wonder Park is scheduled for a wide release across the USA on Friday 15th March 2019 of next year.

The voice talent also includes Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) as Dad, Jennifer Garner (Nine Lives) as Mom, Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, SNL) as Gus, Ken Jeong (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Cooper, Mila Kunis (Family Guy) as Greta, John Oliver (The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, live-action Lion King) as Steve, Sofia Mali as Young June, Brianna Denski (Momsters: When Moms Go Bad) as June, Oev Michael Urbas as Banky, Norbert Leo Butz as Peanut, Kate McGregor-Stewart as Aunt Albertine, Kevin Chamberlin as Uncle Tony, Kath Soucie (Rugrats, Hey Arnold!) as Bus Counselor Shannon, and Noen Perez as Chatty Kid. The movie is being produced by Paramount Animation, Nickelodeon Movies and Ilion Animation Studios, and recently made a splash at Annecy 2018 in France.

A tribute to creativity, Wonder Park tells the story of 10-year-old June, a wildly imaginative young girl who builds models of amusements parks with her mother. When her mother falls sick and has to go away for treatment. June packs away her models, and loses her sense of wonder. But one day in the woods, in a magical moment, she discovers a roller coaster car buried under ivy. It transports her to a fantasy wonder park, like the ones she used to build, populated by animals who were its past employees. But the park is broken down, abandoned and in a state of decay. With the park’s animals, June sets out to fix it and rediscover her sense of confidence and imagination, overcoming her fears.

Following the release of the film, Nickelodeon will also launch a brand-new television series inspired by the movie in 2019. Funrise, Inc. will serve as the worldwide master toy partner for the franchise.

In November, Tambor was accused of misconduct by three women — his ex-assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes, Transparent actress Trace Lysette, and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge. Tambor denied the allegations, but in February it was announced that Tambor would not be returning for the fifth season of Amazon Prime’s Transparent, following an investigation into the matter. Tambor called the investigation “deeply flawed and biased,” saying, “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me” in a statement.

Tambor returned to his role as dysfunctional family patriarch George Bluth Sr. in the fifth season of Arrested Development on Netflix, which premiered in May 2018. However, the return became mired in controversy, when his Arrested Development costar Jessica Walter told the New York Times that Tambor had verbally harassed her on set. The interview also created fallout for a number of Tambor’s male Arrested Development costars, who were criticized for appearing to gaslight Walter while defending Tambor.

More Nick: Funrise, Inc. Named Global Master Toy Licensee for Nickelodeon Movies' 'Amusement Park'!

Additional source: IMDb.
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