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‘Sock Monkey,’ Movie Star? Comic Adaptation Swings For Big Screen: Video

4 November 2014 2:45 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Now that LEGOs and Paddington Bear have spawned their own movies, is it time for the sock monkey to venture onto the big screen? Animator Matt Danner and comics scribe Tony Millionaire (Maakies) are making the leap with their forthcoming Fantagraphics storybook Sock Monkey: Into The Deep Woods, the latest adventure in Millionaire’s Eisner Award-winning lit saga about a sock monkey named Uncle Gabby. To demonstrate the character’s cinematic potential, Danner penned a feature script and produced a “sneak peek” teaser using hybrid CG/live-action “digi-nette puppetry” to bring the surreal toy story to life. (Watch it above.)

Story follows stuffed hero Uncle Gabby as he and his doll pals venture across sea, land, and air to save their human, Ann-Louise, whom they fear has been kidnapped by a vicious monster. The Sock Monkey project was initially envisioned as a film, but when Danner wrote the treatment as a children’s book, »

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