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Ron Howard to adapt The Shrinking of Treehorn as animated film

Filmmaker Ron Howard is set to turn his attention to the world of animation for the first time, with Variety reporting that he has signed on to direct a feature-length adaptation of Florence Parry Heide’s children’s book The Shrinking of Treehorn.

The 1971 book follows a young man who begins shrinking in size after playing a strange board game. The movie adaptation is being produced by Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment along with Animal Logic, the company behind The Lego Movie and Happy Feet, and will incorporate the same aesthetics as artist Edward Gorey’s book illustrations. Rob Lieber is writing the script.

“I’ve long had this passionate point of view that Ron Howard should make a tentpole animated movie,” said Animal Login CEO Zareh Nalbandian. “It was serendipitous that Imagine was sort of evolving and growing, and Animal Logic was more and more committed to
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Ron Howard to direct Imagine Entertainment-Animal Logic co-production

Ron Howard.

Imagine Entertainment co-founder Ron Howard will direct The Shrinking of Treehorn, the first of four live-action animated co-productions between his company and Animal Logic Entertainment.

Paramount Pictures will release the film based on a 1971 children’s book by Florence Parry Heide with illustrations from Edward Gorey.

Rob Lieber is writing the script, which follows Treehorn, a boy who begins shrinking after playing a strange board game, which goes largely unnoticed by his parents. He spends an unhappy day and night until he discovers a magical game that restores him to his natural size.

It will be Howard’s first animated feature as a director, a move suggested by Animal Logic Entertainment CEO Zareh Nalbandian, who signed a co-production agreement with Imagine in 2017.

When the Jv was announced Imagine chairman Brian Grazer said: “The animation space consistently outperforms other genres and we wanted to enter into that space by
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Ron Howard Set to Direct His First Animated Feature, an Adaptation of Children's Book The Shrinking Of Treehorn

Director Ron Howard seems to have done it all, as he’s brought us such a long list of wonderful movies and fantastic TV. Now he is venturing into new territory with his first animated movie, an adaptation of a 1971 children’s book entitled The Shrinking of Treehorn.

The story follows “a young man who begins shrinking in size after playing a strange board game, which goes largely unnoticed by his parents. The visual language of the film will closely follow Gorey’s aesthetic."

Zareh Nalbandian, Animal Logic’s entertainment CEO had this to say in a statement:

“I’ve long had this passionate point of view that Ron Howard should make a tentpole animated movie. That’s how this started. It was serendipitous that Imagine was sort of evolving and growing, and Animal Logic was more and more committed to the development and production of our own intellectual property.
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Ron Howard to Direct First Animated Film as Imagine Sets Ambitious Feature Slate With Animal Logic (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Ron Howard to Direct First Animated Film as Imagine Sets Ambitious Feature Slate With Animal Logic (Exclusive)
In a prolific career that has yielded numerous iconic movies, Ron Howard is set to direct his first animated film.

The project is one of four ambitious, original animated and live-action hybrid films he and Brian Grazer have set up through their company Imagine Entertainment, in a joint venture with Australian production engine Animal Logic.

Howard is attached to direct “The Shrinking of Treehorn,” a children’s book by Florence Parry Heide with illustrations from Edward Gorey, originally published in 1971. Paramount Pictures will release the film.

“I’ve long had this passionate point of view that Ron Howard should make a tentpole animated movie. That’s how this started,” said Zareh Nalbandian, Animal Logic’s entertainment CEO.

“It was serendipitous that Imagine was sort of evolving and growing, and Animal Logic was more and more committed to the development and production of our own intellectual property. We have a shared
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‘Goosebumps 2′ Blu-ray Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Caleel Harris, Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, Bryce Cass, Peyton Wich, Shari Headley, Christian Finlayson, Matthew J. Vasquez, Courtney Lauren Cummings, Jessi Goei, Drew Scheid, Tyler Silva | Written by Rob Lieber | Directed by Ari Sandel

Teenager Sarah Quinn (Madison Iseman) lives with her mother Kathy (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and younger brother Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) in Wardenclyffe, New York. Sarah is attempting to get into Columbia University by writing an essay about fear. Kathy agrees to watch Sonny’s friend Sam Carter (Caleel Harris) while his father goes out of town. Sonny and Sam are attempting to start a garbage cleanup business, and are called after school to clean up an abandoned house. Inside, they find a locked manuscript and open it, causing Slappy the Dummy to appear. They unknowingly bring him to life by speaking magic words found in his pocket. The book
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Tim Burton Almost Made a Goosebumps Movie in the 90s

Tim Burton Almost Made a Goosebumps Movie in the 90s
I'm a massive fan of author R.L. Stine. From his teen-horror series Fear Street to his kid-horror books Goosebumps, I love all things Stine. Or at least I used to as a kid... Nah, I'm still a massive fan, damn my old age. And thus I'm excited - and bummed - to hear that back in the '90s, super-spooky director Tim Burton wanted to make a Goosebumps motion picture - and almost did! But then, as they say, life got in the way. Stine himself talked about this abandoned project the other day, saying this.

"We had a movie deal to do a Goosebumps movie, and I can't tell you what year it was. It was like at the height of Goosebumps, back in '94, '95, around there, and we actually had a deal with Fox to do a movie, and Tim Burton who was going to be the producer.
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Goosebumps 2 Coming to Digital on December 25th, Followed by a Blu-ray & DVD Release on January 15th

  • DailyDead
If you want to celebrate Halloween on Christmas (as mentioned in the Blink 182 song "I Miss You"), then you'll be able to do just that when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Goosebumps 2 (known as Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween in its theatrical release) on Digital on December 25th, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on January 15th (including three deleted scenes):

From the Press Release (via Why So Blu?): You’re in for a fun scare when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unleashes Goosebumps 2 debuting on Digital and available via the Movies Anywhere App on December 25 and coming to Blu-ray™ and DVD January 15. Slappy the devious ventriloquist dummy returns to run amuck, in this second installment of the family-friendly franchise based on R.L. Stine’s beloved book series. Standing in Slappy’s way is a terrifyingly talented cast including Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
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Goosebumps 2 Blu-Ray Arrives with Deleted Scenes and More Slappy This January

You're in for a fun scare when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment unleashes Goosebumps 2 debuting on Digital and available via the Movies Anywhere App on December 25 and coming to Blu-ray&#8482 and DVD January 15. Slappy the devious ventriloquist dummy returns to run amuck, in this second installment of the family-friendly franchise based on R.L. Stine's beloved book series. Standing in Slappy's way is a terrifyingly talented cast including Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), and Chris Parnell (Rick and Morty), with Ken Jeong (Crazy Rich Asians).

The Goosebumps 2 Blu-ray&#8482, DVD and Digital bonus features include a gag reel full of hilarious hijinks, three all-new deleted scenes and five featurettes. Between the chills, thrills and goosebumps, watch the cast get a case of the giggles in the "Gag Reel." Dive deep in "Thrills & Chills- The Making of Goosebumps 2" with Madison Iseman,
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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Review

  • HeyUGuys
It is scary how few decent family Halloween films have been made in recent years. Not tenuously linked creature themed animations with a 5 second glimpse of a pumpkin. Proper, unapologetic, Halloween centred shivers squarely aimed at children. Happily things are about to change. That poor overworked Hocus Pocus DVD (and precious Tim Burton collection) can enjoy some time off this half term as you head for the cinema to scare the fidgets right out of your little monsters. Goosebumps 2 is here!

The unexpected love for 2015’s Goosebumps was a heartening thing to behold. Its winning combo of fond nostalgia and meta smarts proved irresistible for anyone with a well thumbed Night of the Living Dummy in their past. And the time elapsed since R.L. Stine (watch out for another Stan Lee style cameo…) was the tween thrills king saw many of those readers delight in introducing their own children to the pulse quickening,
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Box Office: ‘Venom,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Topple Ryan Gosling’s ‘First Man’

  • Variety
Sony’s “Venom” and Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born” are set to top the box office in the pair’s second weekend, while a slew of new releases hit multiplexes, led by Universal’s “First Man.”

Venom” is on its way to adding an estimated $32 million to its total for the top spot, bringing its domestic tally to $139.25 million. The twist on a superhero tale has earned another $127 million internationally in its first seven days.

Tom Hardy stars as Eddie Brock, who becomes host to the alien entity known as Venom. Riz Ahmed and Michelle Williams also star in the Ruben Fleischer-helmed film. Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, and Kelly Marcel wrote the script.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” is heading for a $28 million sophomore frame. The drama, which is also Cooper’s directorial debut, has amassed $66 million domestically in its first week, with another $14 million from overseas markets.
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Second Opinion – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, 2018.

Directed by Ari Sandel.

Starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jack Black, Madison Iseman, Ken Jeong, Chris Parnell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Caleel Harris.

Synopsis:

Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

In 2015, Rob Letterman’s Goosebumps reminded us that PG-rated gateway horror could be a blast of October excitement for all ages. In 2018, The House With A Clock In Its Walls – unfortunately – proves to be the better unintentional Goosebumps sequel over Ari Sandel’s *actual* paperback continuation, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween. Where Goosebumps is wittier, more action-packed, and boasts a livelier cast, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a basic-bitch R.L. Stine incarnation that fan-services kiddie plotting into a duller, paint-by-numbers haze.

This time around, young trash-cleaner entrepreneurs Sonny Quinn (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam Carter (Caleel Harris) accidentally unlock an unfinished R.L. Stine manuscript hidden behind a trick door.
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Madison Iseman Talks Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Kayti Burt Oct 10, 2018

We talked to Madison Iseman about what to expect from the Goosebumps movie sequel.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween hits theaters this week, and Den of Geek's Bevin had a chance to chat with cast member Madison Iseman at New York Comic Con about what to expect from the spooky sequel. We chat about the book written to accompany the movie, and what it was like acting in front of the real R.L. Stine, who makes a cameo in the film.

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Goosebumps 2 is set in the small town of Wardenclyffe on Halloween night. It follows Sonny (Jeremy Ray Taylor) and Sam (Caleel Harris) as they find a manuscript in an abandoned house that was once owned by R.L. Stine.

When the boys open the manuscript, they release Slappy, who has plans to cause a Halloween Apocalypse. (Hint: That's not good.) Sonny, Sam, and Sonny's
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Movie Review – Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018)

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, 2018.

Directed by Ari Sandel.

Starring Madison Iseman, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris Parnell, Caleel Harris, Ken Jeong, Shari Headley, Darin De Paul, Jesse Goel, Peyton Wich, and Jack Black.

Synopsis:

Halloween comes to life in a comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine’s 400-million-selling series of books.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (directed by Ari Sandel, who is actually an Oscar-winning filmmaker for his 2005 short film West Bank Story) is a considerable step down from its predecessor, doubling down on the family-friendly tone effectively resulting in an experience less enjoyable for adults (but still fine and nowhere near as off-putting as some other kids movies) catering more to middle schoolers that will likely relate to the film’s protagonists.

It’s important to know right away that this is not a direct sequel, as there is a brand-new cast of teenagers on hand, focusing on Sarah Quinn
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‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’ Review: Family-Friendly Sequel Has Plenty of Real Monsters, but No Fresh Scares

‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’ Review: Family-Friendly Sequel Has Plenty of Real Monsters, but No Fresh Scares
The central monster of “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” — Slappy, a sentient ventriloquist dummy driven by revenge and delusions of grandeur — is horrifying to behold, and the movie never lets you forget it: There’s the menacing Slappy standing in the middle of a room, there’s Slappy patiently sitting on an oblivious character’s lap, and ripping the screws out of a ladder while another character stands on top of it. There’s Slappy throwing himself on to a moving vehicle, and banging his way through the windshield, and telling two kids not to breathe a word of this to their mothers. That’s just the start of the bizarre reign of terror he launches against an otherwise sleepy town.

Still more bizarre: this is supposed to be a family-friendly sequel, based on a series of very popular kids’ books, and rated PG for “frightening and intense scenes.” Nevertheless, it
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Slappy discusses Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween video interview

Slappy is set to make his return to the big screen next month with Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and Sony has released a new video interview with the demonic dummy where he talks about Halloween, playing himself, and looking up to his co-stars; check it out below, and be sure to head on over to our YouTube channel for more interviews with the film’s cast…

See Also: Evil Gummy Bears attack in new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is set for release on October 12th and sees Ari Sandel (The Duff) directing from a script by Rob Lieber, while the cast includes Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester By the Sea), Caleel Harris (Think Like a Man), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Chris Parnell (30 Rock).

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Video Confirms the Return of an “Old Friend”

  • DailyDead
If you've been excited for the Goosebumps sequel this October, but have wondered if it will feature one of the central characters from the first film, you can now rest assured, as a new video reveals the return of a familiar face that many fans have been looking forward to seeing in a rematch with Slappy the ventriloquist dummy.

Although it was previously uncertain if Jack Black would be back as real-life horror author R.L. Stine in the Goosebumps sequel, the new video (see below) from Sony Pictures Entertainment reveals that the actor will reprise the role!

Like the 2015 Goosebumps film, the sequel is based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series, which was originally published from 1992–1997 and still continues through multiple storytelling mediums today.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is directed by Ari Sandel (The Duff) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber (co-writer of Peter Rabbit). The film stars Madison Iseman
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Mischievous Monsters Run Amok in New Trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

  • DailyDead
Slappy the devious dummy returns with a bevy of frightening friends (some new and some familiar) in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and ahead of the film's October 12th theatrical release, a new trailer offers a longer look at the movie's creatures, including ravenous gummy bears galore!

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is directed by Ari Sandel (The Duff) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber (co-writer of Peter Rabbit).

Like the first film, directed by Rob Letterman, the sequel is based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series, which was originally published from 1992–1997 and still continues through multiple storytelling mediums today.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween stars Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester by the Sea), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), Jeremy Ray Taylor (2017's It), Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ken Jeong, and Chris Parnell.

At this time, it doesn't look like Jack Black will be reprising his role as R.
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Evil Gummy Bears attack in new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

With just three weeks to go until Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween arrives in cinemas, Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for which sees young stars Jeremy Ray Taylor and Caleel Harris attacked by a horde of giant evil Gummy Bears; check it out here…

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is set for release on October 12th and sees Ari Sandel (The Duff) directing from a script by Rob Lieber, while the cast includes Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester By the Sea), Caleel Harris (Think Like a Man), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Chris Parnell (30 Rock).

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The candy bites back in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween extended TV spot

Sony Pictures has released a new extended TV spot for the upcoming family horror-comedy sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween which you can check out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween here

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is set for release on October 12th and sees Ari Sandel (The Duff) directing from a script by Rob Lieber, while the cast includes Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Ben O’Brien (Manchester By the Sea), Caleel Harris (Think Like a Man), Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Chris Parnell (30 Rock).

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Goosebumps 2 Poster Has Witches, Ghouls and Gummy Bears on the Attack

Goosebumps 2 Poster Has Witches, Ghouls and Gummy Bears on the Attack
Halloween comes to life in the latest poster for Goosebumps 2. Gummy Bears and monsters are on the loose, just like what was shown in the latest trailer. Sadly, the new poster does not feature Jack Black's R.L. Stine. It has not been announced either way if Black will be participating in the project, but he has not been featured in any of the promotional material that has been released thus far, leading to some concern amongst fans of the original movie.

Even without Jack Black, Goosebumps 2 seems to be stepping up its game in a quest to make one of the best children's Halloween movies in history. The monsters look much scarier this time around and everything has a darker tone when compared to the first installment. Slappy the Dummy is back and wants to make Halloween last forever with an army of classic monsters and other new surprises
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