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  Rings' star joins new kids' film
Updated 18 August 2004, 17.16
Ian McKellen and Zebedee
Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen has joined the cast of The Magic Roundabout, a computer animated version of a classic kids' show.

He'll provide the voice of Zebedee, a bouncy character on a spring. He joins a cast which includes stars like Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue.

The original show was on TV in the 1960s, and went on for 12 years, so your parents may well have been fans.

The film, being made by the team behind Chicken Run, should be out in 2005.

Dougal and Florence
Dougal and Florence

A spokesman for Sir Ian said he thought the film would be "fantastic for kids and adults alike".

Robbie and Kylie will play Dougal the shaggy dog and Florence respectively.

As well as old favourites, new characters are being introduced.

Ray Winstone, last seen in King Arthur, will lend his voice to new addition Soldier Sam.

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