Published May 19, 2009As we told you last year, beloved/beguiled indie director Wes Anderson has enlisted Brit pop champion Jarvis Cocker to write some new material for his upcoming stop-motion flick, The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Well, thanks to a recent interview Cocker did with the Times, a bunch more details have emerged.
For one thing, Cocker has actually co-written a song with Anderson that he calls "a little hoedown number." He will also be voicing a "mandolin-strumming" character named Petey, who is based on Cocker. But that wasn't his only involvement in this film adaptation of Roald Dahl's book. As Cocker explains, "I did a narration bit at the start of Mr. Fox, too, but they showed that to test audiences in the U.S. and they were very bamboozled. So I've ended up on the cutting-room floor. I tried to enunciate clearly!"
Cocker's latest solo record, the Steve Albini-produced Further Complications, is out today (May 19) via Rough Trade.