Imagining kids listening to Tom Waits provide the voice for a terrifying pitch-black swallow named Virgil sounds like a messed up childhood waiting to happen, but its beginning to look like that may actually be a possibility.
TwentyFourBit reports that the 61-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will voice a character in a new animated musical called The Monster of Nix, and while the 30-minute short is being produced by Dutch artist Rosto (who most recently composed a graphic novel which documents its protagonists wildest fantasies), a press release does say that Nix is suitable for kids from 10 to 100.
The film apparently tells the tale of a troubled boy who fights the destructive force of an all-devouring monster in the village of Nix, and Rosto says that Waits had always been the inspiration for Virgils dark and theatrical appearance. He didnt, however, ever really expected Waits to jump on the project.
I never really expected to have the privilege to work with Tom, he said in a press release, [but] the results are gobsmacking. Longtime Waits collaborator Terry Gilliam who most recently directed the singers performance as the devil in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is set to voice a reclusive forest ranger in the still-unfinished musical, and the score features contributions from French electro-pop duo, The DÃ¸.
A release date hasnt been set, but a trailer for the musical is streaming below. A movie still which features Waits’ character can also be seen at HUHmagzine.co.uk. In the meantime, fans waiting on the movie (and a new album) can pre-order Waits’ new book — Tom Waits On Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters — here.