Patrick Stewart Treated To Birthday Sing-a-long At Comic-Con Debut

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July 24, 2011 | 7:05pm EST

Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart was given a Comic-Con welcome to remember on Saturday as thousands of fans joined in a special sing-a-long to wish him a belated Happy Birthday.
The veteran British actor made his debut at the annual convention in San Diego, California this weekend, taking part in a panel discussion for the upcoming animated musical Dorothy of Oz.

And his movie co-star Megan Hilty made sure it was an appearance he’ll never forget, leading 6,000 attendees in song to mark Stewart’s big day on 13 July, when he turned 71.

Stewart provides the wise voice of Tugg, a 900-year-old tree, in the film, based on the original Wizard of Oz tale, which features Glee star Lea Michele in the main role as Dorothy.

And the X-Men star admitted signing onto the project was an easy choice to make.

He said, “Right now my feeling is that the greatest innovations in cinema are being made in the world of animation. There’s such a diversity of work that’s being done. So when there’s a chance to take part in this new wave of great filmmaking, I like to take part in it.

“I’ve always thought of myself as a stage actor who occasionally does movies and television, so when I get in front of a film camera, invariably the director is saying to me, ‘less’. (But) in my experience, in animation the directors always want, ‘More! More!'”