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Last month we gave you the trailer for Escape From Planet Earth, the latest film from writers Cory Edwards and Tony Leech, the guys behind the surprisingly brilliant Hoodwinked. Cal Brunker is in the director’s chair, making this his first feature length theatrical film as director. He has previously worked in the art department on the likes of Despicable Me and Ice Age: Continental Drift. Escape From Planet Earth follows a group of aliens placed in Area 51 who set out to get off the planet. The latest poster promises a wide-range of characters with some distinctive looks. Hopefully this will be a charming and funny film, as the premise certainly sets up an interesting idea of humans as the villains.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Due out on Valentine’s Day in the Us, the first trailer has debuted over at Yahoo Movies, giving us our first good look at the film and its animated characters.
“Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an Sos from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.”
Cal Brunker is making his feature directorial debut, having worked as an artist on films as big as Despicable Me, Horton Hears a Who!, and 9, with the script penned by Cory Edwards and Tony Leech (Hoodwinked!).
The film will be facing some tough competition at the box office, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Books have been a mainstay in Hollywood's never-ending search for film ideas, and while the adage "you should read the book" will never leave the mouths of frustrated moviegoers, a few more tomes have been picked up for film adaptation. As usual, there may be a few who are disappointed.
Young Adult fans might be familiar with author Libba Bray's "Gemma Doyle Trilogy," but probably less so with her upcoming "The Diviners." Set for release in September, "The Diviners" is the first of what will be a four-part series that will follow Evie O'Neill, a young New York transplant, who must use her mysterious powers to stop a series of occult-based murders. Since the book has yet to be published, we're sure that there's not many who will be bummed that their favorite book might get compromised on its way to the big screen. Still, those eventual fans might »
- Ryan Gowland
The 1970's children's "I Can Read" books "Frog and Toad" are heading for a big screen animated adventure. Jim Henson Co., the company that created The Muppets and all their films, will make the movie. Craig Bartlett, the creator and writer of the kids TV series "Dinosaur Train" and "Hey Arnold!", is writing the screenplay. Hoodwinked! writer-director Cory Edwards will helm. "Frog and Toad' author Arnold Lobel's children Adrienne Lobel and Adam Lobel will produce.
What this means is that the silver screen will soon be hopping with toads since at least two Mr. Toad movies are in development (Wind in the Willows and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride).
Source: Variety »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
It's a movie about anthropomorphic amphibians from the company famous for bringing The Muppets to our screens, but there's not so much as a flash of Kermit the frog to be seen. The Jim Henson Company is preparing to adapt the children's books Frog and Toad for the multiplexes, according to Variety.
There are four instalments in Arnold Lobel's series, published between 1970 and 1979 and still hugely popular with children. All focus on the title characters, a friendly frog and his rather more curmudgeonly toad friend. Lobel, who died in 1987, wrote and illustrated each of the books.
- Ben Child
While we’re pleased to see the Jim Henson Company continuing to expand its filmmaking horizons, the team’s latest announcement does have us worrying whether Kermit – heretofore the company’s most famous amphibian actor – will throw a diva fit at the news. Because the new Henson project is an adaptation of children’s books series Frog And Toad. Originally written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel in the 1970s, the books chronicle the exploits of a pair of web-footed friends who are, less-than-shockingly, a frog and a toad. The book’s tales are easy-to-comprehend slice-of-life stories, with the pair flying a kite, cleaning a house and arguing about the shortcomings of string theory. All right, maybe not the last one.Craig Bartlett, a man no stranger to writing for a younger audience (he’s worked on Us kids’ shows such as Dinosaur Train, Sid The Science Kid and Hey Arnold! »
Parents everywhere, rejoice! The Jim Henson Company just announced that they have gained the rights to develop an animated feature film adaptation of the beloved children’s series Frog and Toad.
Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, the Frog and Toad series focused on the adventures of two best friends, a frog and a toad named… Frog and Toad. The books were originally published in the 1970s, each containing five short stories detailing a new exploit involving the two title characters.
Lisa Henson, CEO of the Jim Henson Company, on the new project (via ComingSoon):
“‘Frog and Toad’ has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids. [...] With such high caliber talent on board, the delightful and funny adventures of these two great friends–with a nod to the classic ‘buddy movie’–will bring a »
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The Jim Henson Company has acquired rights to the beloved children’s books Frog And Toad and is developing an animated feature film. Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel in the 1970s each of the four Frog And Toad books include five short stories chronicling the exploits of a frog and his friend, a toad, simply named Frog and Toad.
“Frog And Toad has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “With such high caliber talent on board, the delightful and funny adventures of these two great friends–with a nod to the classic ‘buddy movie’–will bring a whole new audience to their big screen debut.”
- Michelle McCue
The Jim Henson Company has acquired rights to the beloved children's books Frog and Toad and is developing an animated feature film. Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel in the 1970s, each of the four Frog and Toad books include five short stories chronicling the exploits of a frog and his friend, a toad, simply named Frog and Toad.
"Frog and Toad has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids," said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "With such high caliber talent on board, the delightful and funny adventures of these two great friends--with a nod to the classic 'buddy movie'--will bring a whole new audience to their big screen debut."
For people of a certain age, the in-development Fraggle Rock movie is the latest in a long-line of cherished childhood relics that are being pulled out, dusted off, and refurbished for the 21st century.
The Jim Henson Company announced its plans for a Fraggle Rock film adaptation back in 2005. A year later, Ahmet Zappa (co-writer on this summer’s Odd Life of Timothy Green) was hired to pen the script treatment; in 2008, the Weinstein Company signed on as distributor, with writing and directing duties on the project assigned to Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked!). Some time thereafter, the Weinsteins went on the prowl for a new screenwriter, after dubbing Edwards’ draft as not being “edgy” enough.
Cut to the present and New Regency now owns the rights to the Fraggle Rock movie. The latest report from ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
After years spent in development purgatory (everyone from Ahmet Zappa to "Hoodwinked" writer/director Cory Edwards have worked on the project, from as far back as 2006), it finally looks like the "Fraggle Rock" movie, based on the beloved Jim Henson series, will make it to the big screen. Last year New Regency got the project going again, and just yesterday the Hollywood Reporter revealed that a pair of screenwriters have been secured – Jim Byrkit and Alex Manugian, who both worked on last year's Oscar-winning animated western "Rango."
Byrkit received a story credit on "Rango," alongside director Gore Verbinski and credited writer John Logan (he also worked as a storyboard artist for the film). In fact, Byrkit has done design work for Verbinski on all three of the filmmaker's 'Pirates of the Carribean' movies (and provided illustrations for Verbinski's big screen debut, "Mousehunt"). This year, he also wrote and directed an »
- Drew Taylor
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