‘The Star’ features pop divas Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey

Pop divas Kelly Clarkson and Mariah Carey make their marks this Holiday season in Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a family film about the events leading up to the very first Christmas.

Clarkson provides the voice of one of the stable animals, Leah the Horse, while Carey composes and sings the film’s title track.

In The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day Bo finds the courage to break free and ends up befriending newlyweds Joseph and Mary. Mary’s kindness soon sets Bo on the adventure of his dreams. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo follows the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

Kelly Clarkson voices Leah for Sony Pictures Animations’ THE STAR.

Residents of the most famous stable in history who haven’t been able to sleep for nine months – ever since that star appeared in the sky. But Leah the Horse thinks the beauty of the spotlight is worth missing some sleep.

Grammy Award winner Clarkson, who plays Leah, says that playing a character suffering from a lack of sleep was maybe not a huge stretch. “I have four children, so I’m sleep deprived,” she kids. “Also, it was cool to be able to play a horse – I own a horse, because my daughter is an equestrian. It felt like the right time to play a Southern Belle who hadn’t had sleep in nine months.”

For Clarkson, it was gratifying to play a character in a story about faith. “For me personally, it’s so important – without faith, it would be a very lonely life,” she says. “I have to have faith in something bigger, the majestic world around us. And that’s what all of these characters are looking for – they’re all looking to be part of something greater than themselves.”

Meanwhile, Grammy winner Mariah Carey wrote and performs the title track for The Star’s soundtrack.

“The song was inspired by the beautiful way in which the story of Christmas is told in the film,” says Carey. “I thought about the star of Bethelhem while writing this song, but also about following your heart, following your dreams.”

Mariah Carey sings the title track for Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR.

“I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid,” Carey continues, “even when we didn’t have any money and my mother would wrap fruit for a Christmas gift. It wasn’t about the gift – I just loved the spirit of Christmas.”

“When Mariah Carey walks in a room, you know ‘a star’ has arrived,” says composer Marc Shaiman. “But when it came time to co-write our song for The Star, she became only a great songwriter intent on getting her love of Christmas into the words and music. And when our song was complete, she proceeded to sing a thrilling vocal, filled with that passion. It was my honor to be able to share and help illuminate her joy.”

Now showing across Philippine cinemas, The Star is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

Oprah leads voice cast of quirky camels in animated comedy film ‘The Star’

No less than legendary Queen of Talk and humanitarian Oprah Winfrey leads the voice actors of not-so-wise camels in Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, a family film about the events leading up to the very first Christmas.

Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) lends voice to Cyrus, the know-it-all camel, Felix (Tracy Morgan) is not sure if he knows anything, and Deborah (Winfrey) is the one actually paying attention. These three will do more than just carry the Wise Men.

“Watching this cast work was really inspiring. The thing that really surprised me was how each of these artists approached their particular roles,” says director Timothy Reckart. Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, and Tracy Morgan all became the perfect counterpoints to each other as the camels – Tyler as the self-appointed leader who thinks he’s smarter than he actually is; Tracy as his belligerent, hilarious brother; and Oprah as the wise camel who is the only one who may actually see what’s going on.

In the film, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

“The Star is one of the coolest ways of telling this story, because it’s so fun,” says Perry. “Just when I thought there was no other way to be able to tell the story of Christmas and the birth of Christ, here comes this incredibly genius idea to tell it through the eyes of a camel. It’s very true to the scripture, but approaches the story in a fresh, fun way that will make it entertaining and inspiring for audiences of all ages.”

“What makes this movie so unique is that it’s told with such humor – it is delightful,” says Winfrey. “I grew up going to Sunday school and know all of these stories very well, but I’ve never seen it expressed this way. If nothing else, I think it’s wonderful for families to be able to come together for an experience of being with each other and being inspired through joy and laughter.”

Winfrey and Perry both say they were inspired to join the cast by being part of a trio with Morgan. “The three of us playing these roles, playing off each other, worked well because it was great chemistry,” says Perry. “Who doesn’t love Tracy Morgan? He’s hysterical. And Oprah’s one of the funniest people – she’s always so serious, but she’s very funny. I’m telling you, she could have been a stand-up comedian – she is that funny.”

The film also stars the voices of Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Aidy Bryant, Ving Rhames, Gabriel Iglesias, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, and Christopher Plummer.

In Philippine cinemas December 6, 2017, The Star is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

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WATCH: Follow ‘The Star’ with first official trailer

Experience the first-ever Christmas from an entirely new perspective. Watch the first official trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star below.

In The Star, a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.

The Star is directed by Timothy Reckart from the screenplay by Carlos Kotkin.

The voice cast includes Steven Yeun (Bo the donkey), Gina Rodriguez (Mary), Zachary Levi (Joseph), Keegan-Michael Key (Dave the dove), Kelly Clarkson (Leah the horse), Anthony Anderson (Zach the goat), Aidy Bryant (Ruth the sheep), Ving Rhames (Thaddeus the dog), Gabriel Iglesias (Rufus the dog), Patricia Heaton (Edith the cow), Kristin Chenoweth (Abby the Mouse), Christopher Plummer (King Herod), and Tracy Morgan (Felix), and Tyler Perry (Cyrus) and Oprah Winfrey (Deborah).

Opening across the Philippines on December 6, The Star is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.