2 of the world's biggest Pop stars, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams, will be reunited on the big screen in February 2005, at least vocally. A movie version of the BBC TV cult classic The Magic Roundabout will be released in February 2005. Kylie Minogue is taking on the voice of Florence and Robbie Williams is the voice of the dog Dougal. The pair last collaborated on the duet "Kids" from Robbie's album Sing While You're Winning.
The new film will likely cement the status of Kylie and Robbie as Pop icons everywhere in the world but the U.S. Kylie Minogue has reigned as Pop star and sex symbol around the world for the past 15 years. It has now been nearly 10 years since Robbie Williams' departure from boy group Take That and 7 since the release of the album Life Through a Lens which began his domination of the U.K. Pop charts and tabloids. Yet, in the U.S., Kylie has few major hits - "The Loco-Motion" and "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" are notable exceptions. Robbie has done even worse. "Angels" is the only single that can be seen as remotely approaching hit stauts, peaking at #41 on Billboard's Hot 100.
What's the roadblock to American success for these two icons? Kylie Minogue has shrewdly outgrown her initial image as a mere actress who wanted to sing. With intelligent career choices she has become a model for females seeking control of their career both artistically and financially. In recent years she has exhibited enviable talent at finding the right collaborators at the right time. Her most recent coup is a collaboration with hot Dance/Pop producer/songwriters of the moment, Scissor Sisters, on the single "I Believe In You." Kylie deftly appeals to gay and straight audiences equally and even turned old-guard British Rock fans on with her live mash-up of her own "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" with New Order's "Blue Monday" to create the tongue-in-cheek "Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head." Yet, American fans remain unimpressed.