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The new film from Monty Python alum Terry Jones, Almost Anything, will star Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale, in addition to the voices of the surviving members of Monty Python—John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, and Jones himself—and Robin Williams (in one of his last performances) as a dog.

Pegg plays a schlub granted fantastical powers by his CGI-animated extraterrestrial overseers, played by the Pythons. Williams voices the inevitable live-action/CG-hybrid humping-inclined dog.

It’s the first time the surviving Pythons will have appeared together (as it were) in a proper feature film since The Meaning of Life, though there was a semi-reunion for the animated feature A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, on which all but Idle participated.

Between them, however, they have racked up considerable voice acting roles in animated projects. Idle voiced Merlin in Shrek the Third and the recurring character Declan Desmond on The Simpsons; Palin voiced elderly elf Ernie Clicker in Arthur Christmas; and the prolific Cleese has lent his croaking tones to 2011’s Winnie the Pooh, Planes, and the Shrek movies, and will be heard in several upcoming projects, among them Get Squirrelly and Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad.

Whether Absolutely Anything will be a lasting addition to the Python legacy—or that of the vocal genius of Williams, for that matter—remains to be seen.

Absolutely Anything premieres in the UK on August 15. No U.S. date has been announced.

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