Blue-ribbon role for Ellen


Ellen DeGeneres is making a return to the animated big screen.

Warner Bros. has picked up "Dog Show," an animation pitch from Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons, the writers behind DreamWorks Animation's' "Master Mind," which is in production with Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey as the lead voice actors.

With "Show," writer John Glenn ("Eagle Eye") and producer David Manpearl developed the idea with Schoolcraft and Simons before approaching DeGeneres, who stamped it with her unique sensibilities. The team took the project around town, with Warners beating several suitors to take best in show.

While plot details are being kept on a leash, the story centers on a stray dog and her misfit friends who shake up the famed and pure-bred world of a Westminster-like dog show.

Glenn will produce with DeGeneres, and Manpearl will exec produce. Sarah Schechter and Niija Kuykendall are overseeing for Warners.

Schoolcraft and Simons, who have their comedy spec "All About Adam" set up with Scott Rudin at Disney, are repped by ICM and Brian Lutz Management.

DeGeneres, who continues to host her Emmy-winning, Warner Bros.-distributed daytime talker, hasn't been involved in a big-screen project since 2003's "Finding Nemo." She is repped by ICM and the Gold Co. (partialdiff)