Fox, DIC to animate M.L. King
CBS/Fox, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DIC Entertainment are producing a direct-to-video title based on the life of Martin Luther King Jr., called Our Friend, Martin. The one-hour film will combine new animation with live-action archival footage of the late civil rights activist. Several celebrities are lending their voices to the production, including Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, Susan Sarandon, John Travolta, Jaleel White and Oprah Winfrey. Kings son Dexter King is executive producer with Phillip Jones, Andy Heyward, Mike Maliana and Robby London. Just in time to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.s birthday, the video will be available January 12, 1999 for U.S. $14.98.