Furry rodents on a mission to save the world

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 August, 2009, 12:00am

Given its premise - guinea pig secret agents save the world - you might think this latest Walt Disney offers little more than cuteness. But, combining an entertaining plot with Disney's first mixed live-action/animation venture into 3D, this Jerry Bruckheimer production has slightly more to offer than you might imagine.

In G-Force, the FBI is training animals as special agents. The key team - a team of guinea pigs - uncovers a plot to take over the world by a billionaire home-appliances manufacturer. But all is nearly lost when the team is disbanded and the guinea pigs are assigned as experimental animals.

What follows is an escape and plenty of high-jinx as the furry secret agents scuttle past a host of obstacles that stand between them and their mission to save the world.

G-Force sees two-time Oscar-winning visual effects master Hoyt Yeatman at the helm. Yeatman and Bruckheimer have teamed up before in Armageddon, Kangaroo Jack and the box-office smash hit The Rock.

'To dimensionalise a mixture of live action and animation is a big deal,' says Yeatman. 'I think we're breaking new ground in that respect - 3D adds another layer; it's almost like going from black and white to colour, from silent to sound.'

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, who provides voiceover for a mole computer specialist called Speckles and is in his sixth collaboration with Bruckheimer, says: 'When I saw Speckles, something about it got to me ... It was important to me to create a new voice that was unrecognisable from my own vocal patterns. It was also important to me to go into an area that had a kind of a zany intensity.'

Bruckheimer says: 'Nic has created a terrific voice for Speckles, sort of going back to a 1930s kind of character ... Then there's Sam Rockwell, who also has a wonderful voice, powerful and strong, as Darwin, the team leader.'

Rockwell has previously appeared in films such as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Charlie's Angels.

With 3D photo realistic, quirky characters that prove that size really doesn't matter, G-Force is a fun outing for the entire family. G-Force opens tomorrow

Esther is a Young Post intern