Who can Brad Pitt thank for his next movie role? His kids!

On Tuesday's Today show, he tells Ann Curry that he signed on to voice the character of a superhero who wants out of the business in a new animated movie to please his six kids.

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Asked if his character is autobiographical, Pitt laughed and replied, "It's really not, but it sounded good...."

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He said that the Dreamworks Animation film -- known as Oobermind by trade publications -- will also star Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey.

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"It's something [my kids] will enjoy and think dad is cool," he says of signing on to the film.