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Babar the Elephant heads to the big screen

4 August 2010 5:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Twilight studio negotiates deal to take French cartoon character on a CGI adventure

The grand pantheon of cartoon characters to have made the jump to live action and CGI is not, it must be said, particularly grand: Garfield, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and soon, Yogi Bear have all made the dreaded leap. According to the Deadline blog, Babar the Elephant may be about to join that list, after Twilight studio Summit negotiated a deal to bring the popular French character to the big screen.

Created by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931, and continued by his son Laurent after his death in 1937, Babar's adventures span more than 30,000 publications in 19 languages. Babar is a young orphaned elephant who flees the jungle for human civilisation. After learning the ways of man, he returns to his people and eventually becomes their king, after which, all elephants begin to wear clothes and behave like members of early 20th-century French society. »

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