Variety reports that Universal has just announced that they will be creating a 3-D animated feature based on the “Flanimals,” children’s book series by Ricky Gervais.

The four-volume series, illustrated by Rob Steen, encompasses a world inhabited by 50 species of creatures so ugly and misshapen they become cute and endearing. Gervais’ character, a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world. “It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change,” Gervais said. “A real stretch.”

Along with Gervais, other actors lending their voices to the project include: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Danny McBride, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig and Julie Andrews.