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One More Reason To Hate Eddie Murphy

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It's been four years since Norbit, three years since Meet Dave, and two years since Imagine That, and Eddie Murphy is long overdue for a refill on the shame fuel that keeps his head car going. Thus Murphy has signed on to lend his voice to Hong Kong Phooey, Alcon Entertainment's live-action-meets-CGI-meets-my-brain's-shrieking remake of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon about an anthropomorphic dog/police station janitor moonlighting as a martial arts-based crimefighter. The original series employed the dearly departed Scatman Crothers' distinctive rasp for the character. Now Hong Kong will have the caricatured voice last heard in Donkey's Caroling Christmas-tacular, which will hopefully provide some familiarity to a bygone character who's otherwise completely foreign to most anyone under the age of 30. But considering that the film will be about a celebrity-voiced talking CGI animal interacting with an exasperated B-list human, expect this to do depressingly well despite all the negative reviews that inevitably incorporate "phooey" into their titles.

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