Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn join 'Ethel'

10:46 AM PST 09/13/2010 by Gregg Kilday, AP

Lend voices to animated pic based on Briggs' graphic novel

TORONTO -- Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn will lend their voices to the animated feature "Ethel & Ernest," based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs.

The book traces the life story of Briggs' parents, two ordinary Londoners and their four-decade long marriage.

John Coates, who produced "The Snowman," an animated short based on another of Brigg's books is producing with Camilla Deakin exec producing. Coates also produced "The Snowman," an animated short based on another of Brigg's book, which earned an Oscar nomination.

The Little Film Co., which is handling international sales, has begun offering it for presales in Toronto.
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