Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson Are ‘Turkeys,’ The First For Studio Behind ‘Rats Of NIMH,’ ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

Here’s an animated film for the vegetarians out there, something to put on the shelf next to “Chicken Run”: it’s called “Turkeys,” and it’s about two gobblers who discover a time machine, travel back to pre-Colonial times and stop their kind from being made synonymous with Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not sure what else they suggest to take their place on the menu, but I’m guessing it won’t be another kind of meat, which would make this like an adaptation of a Chik-fil-A commercial.

Variety reports that the turkey duo will be voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, which implies that these birds will be lovable loser-types: slackers, surfers or even stoners. “Turkeys” will be a family film though, despite the fact that it’s being executive produced Peter Farrelly, so don’t expect explicit drug jokes or anything too raunchy.

Owen’s brother Luke will also be drawn away from his AT&T commercials to voice another character for the film, which will be written by John J. Strauss (“There’s Something About Mary”), also producing, and David I. Stern (“Open Season 2″). Oscar-nominated animator Ash Brannon, who directed “Surf’s Up” and co-directed “Toy Story 2,” will be at the helm, with the release set for 2011. The movie also marks the launch of a new studio, Bedrock.

Walden Media co-founder Cary Granat and visual effects vet Ed Jones set the company up to make relatively low-budget live-action and animated (and hybrid) family films, including the new adaptation of “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” (and somewhat a remake of Don Bluth’s “The Secret of NIMH”) that we heard about last year, now simply titled “Rats of NIMH.”

Bedrock is also working on adaptations of Madeline L’Engle’s classic fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time” (which “Lost” fans might have noticed on Sawyer’s dresser in this week’s episode) and William Joyce’s children’s book “Dinosaur Bob,” about the adventures of a human family and a brontosaurus.

Do any of the films on Bedrock’s slate sound good to you? Are you a fan of “NIMH,” “A Wrinkle in Time” or “Dinosaur Bob”? What do you want to see in their adaptations?