G-Force

Tuesday, June 16, 2009
By Abbey Khan
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You’ll never look at your pets the same, especially not your guinea pigs. Director and visual effects extraordinaire Hoyt Yeatman brings three guinea pigs, a mole and a fly to life in the new 3-D film G-Force.

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This comedy adventure is based on an idea by Yeatman’s own son when it was his turn to care for the class guinea pig at home. The animals and insects are part of a covert program by the U.S. government that trains animals to work as secret agents. The G-Force team which consists of Darwin, Blaster, Juarez, Speckles and Mooch must save the world from a villainous billionaire who plots to take over the world through state-of-the-art appliances.

Darwin (Sam Rockwell) is the squad leader and is determined to succeed at all costs. Blaster (Tracy Morgan) is an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love of all things extreme. Juarez (Penelope Cruz) is a sexy martial arts expert, Mooch is the fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert and Speckles (Nicolas Cage) is the star-nosed mole computer and information specialist.

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Not just part of a child’s imagination, Yeatman’s son was on to something when he came up with the idea for the film. According to various news sources throughout history, animals have been part of the espionage game for years. The Egyptian army used carrier pigeons to deliver messages, the CIA used spy gadgets as robotic catfish and remote-controlled dragonflies, and even squirrels have been employed to carry GPS devices, bugging instruments and advanced optics. In the film, Mooch is based on the Pentagon’s research to develop technology that can be implanted into living insects to control their movement and transmit video or other sensory data back to human handlers.

Walt Disney’s G-Force is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer with Digital 3-D technology by Sony Imageworks. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 24, 2009.


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