By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
GLENDALE, Calif.—Grammy winner Rihanna is no stranger to the recording booth, and yet the world-famous singer reveals she was a little apprehensive about providing the voice of the young human heroine Tip in the DreamWorks animated feature “Home.”
“I’ve never done an animated film,” she recently said about being part of the voice cast for the music-filled fantasy adventure.
She added that director Tim Johnson, who previously directed DreamWorks’ “Over the Hedge” and “Antz,” helped her overcome her anxiety and gave her the confidence she needed to play the determined young girl, who holds the key to saving her planet.
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in the Caribbean nation of Barbados, the talented vocalist previously starred in the action movie “Battleship” and played herself in the comedy “This is The End,” but “Home” marks her first family friendly animated feature.
Wearing a sporty red and white shorts and top ensemble, Rihanna spoke about her first animated outing at DreamWorks headquarters. As Tip, she is a smart and sassy youngster, who teams up with a banished alien creature named Oh (voiced by “Big Bang Theory’s” Jim Parsons) after Earth is invaded by aliens to save mankind. The action-packed fantasy adventure is based on the popular children’s novel “The True Meaning of Smekday” by Adam Rex. It is adapted for the screen by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. Besides Rihanna and Parsons, the all-star voice cast includes Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and Matt Jones.