Universal Pictures has announced that Grammy Award winning producer Pharrell Williams will write original music for their upcoming 3-D CGI feature "Despicable Me." In addition to composing original songs, Williams will also contribute to the orchestral score, collaborating with Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira.
"I love cartoons and animation, and I've never seen such incredible 3-D CGI," Williams said. "To score 'Despicable Me' along with Hans and Heitor and write original songs for the film is a dream come true."
Speaking about Williams' involvement, as well as his collaboration with Academy Award winning composer Zimmer, producer Chris Meledandri said, "Pharrell is one of the most important contemporary songwriters, Hans is one of the truly great film composers and Heitor is the next generation of Hans' protégés. This is an extraordinary teaming of talent. With every note they write, our film is being enriched."
"Despicable Me," which features voices by Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Danny McBride, Miranda Cosgrove, Jack McBrayer, Mindy Kaling, Jemaine Clement and Julie Andrews, arrives in theaters on July 9, 2010.
Here's the "Despicable Me" trailer, for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.