Stefani is a hippo
While talking about the upcoming DreamWorks/PDI animated movie MADAGASCAR the other day, I mentioned that Madonna was to lend her voice, alongside Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jason Alexander. Turns out the Madonna deal wasn't that finalized after all. Got another e-mail from the guys at Animated Movies who say they heard directly from PDI that Gwen Stefani, lead singer of NO DOUBT, has replaced Madonna as the voice of Gloria the Hippo. The also mentioned that at one time Jennifer Lopez read for the part but decided to work on different projects. I'm imagining the hippo does a fair amount of singing in the film considering the women they've looked at to voice the part. MADAGASCAR is scheduled for release Christmas 2004.