"Larrikins," which is Australian slang for mischievous youth, is an all-animal comedy and an original idea written by Harry Cripps (Supernova) and produced by Christina Steinberg ("Rise of the Guardians," "National Treasure").
"Larrikins" tells the story of an uptight bilby (a desert-dwelling marsupial), who has lived a sheltered life in the safety of his family burrow. When he ventures out and becomes privy to a dangerous secret, he finds himself launched on a musical adventure across the Australian outback.
"I was lucky enough to grow-up in Western Australia and know that the Australian outback is vast and spell-binding and heart-stoppingly beautiful, and the characters that inhabit it are unique and hilarious and tough and cheeky," Minchin said in a statement. "I am hugely excited to be working with Harry and the Dreamworks Animation team in their mission to capture some of this unique aesthetic and quirky, iconoclastic culture on film. It's going to be bloody good fun."
Minchin co-wrote Matilda The Musical, which won seven 2012 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and is currently nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score.