One movie, two movie, red movie, green movie... if you find that live-action doesn’t leave you feeling sated, perhaps you’ll like your movies animated? New Seuss films will flood the dam, and you will like them, Sam-I-am!
Warner Animation Group, the animated-film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, has struck a new partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., saying in an announcement that the objective will be to "produce multiple feature films based on the iconic characters and stories created by Dr. Seuss" — the famed children's author whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel (he died in 1991).
The first film in this new partnership will be an animated adaptation of the classic The Cat in the Hat. The story was previously adapted into a live-action movie in 2003 and starred Mike Myers as a fairly frightening version of the mischievous lead character.
"Our pictures Group is home to some of the world's most popular film franchises, and we're honored to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster," said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Susan Brandt, president Dr. Seuss Enterprises, said the partnership will help in "re-imagining the beloved characters and stories for theater-going audiences, while keeping the integrity of Dr. Seuss' vision intact."
Warner Animation Group is now in the process of putting together teams of writers, producers, and directors for all of the various Seuss projects.
Staying true to the spirit of Seuss' work is essential, especially because the man himself never wanted his work to be licensed to anyone who would, as he's said, "round out the edges."
Seuss' work has been animated before, both by 20th Century Fox (Horton Hears a Who!), and Universal (The Lorax), but this is the first time that all of his work will be under one roof.
What remains uncertain is whether there are plans to connect all of the various Seuss stories into a unified whole. There is no mention of a shared Seuss cinematic universe, but with every studio trying to make that happen, it's not out of the question. If there are plans for that, then it makes sense that they'd begin with the Cat in the Hat, who is the grand ringmaster of chaos in the Seuss-iverse. There's something to be said for all of the stories being self-contained, however, as a musical mash-up of all things Seuss was attempted on Broadway years back (with dubious results) with Seussical: The Musical.
In any case, the weird, wacky, and unforgettable wonder and nonsense of Dr. Seuss will soon be flying into theaters faster than the Birthday Bird. Are you excited about this new partnership? Are Sneetches with stars better than Sneetches with none? Will this infernal rhyming ever, ever be done? One comment, two comment, watch how they grow, let us know what you think in the comments below!