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MGM Returning to Animation for Adaptation of Kids' Book 'Punk Farm'

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June 9, 2011
Source: Variety

Punk Farm

The last time MGM decided to venture into animated territory, they delivered the strange, but touching All Dogs Go to Heaven way back in 1989. Now as the studio returns to show business after coming back from bankruptcy, Variety reports they're looking to get back into animation game with an adaptation of Jarrett Krosoczka's children's book Punk Farm. The story follows five barnyard animals who form an underground rock band, a phenomenon that has seemed to go unnoticed by hipsters who would truly love a rock band make up of farm animals. Honestly, this could have the flare of a rural, animated School of Rock.

Here's the more official synopsis of the book:

After Farmer Joe heads to bed, Cow, Goat, Pig, Sheep, and Chicken pull out their instruments and electronic equipment, don their shades, and transform themselves into the rock band Punk Farm. Animals line up outside the barn to buy tickets, then settle in for a rousing show featuring a way-out version of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," with each musician doing a solo. At sunrise, a none-the-wiser Farmer Joe finds his sound-asleep livestock not quite ready for a big day of work.

The Simpsons Movie writer David Silverman will be in the director's chair working from a script by Jim Hecht (Ice Age: The Meltdown) which will be rewritten by David Stern (Open Season 2 and 3). It'll be interesting to see how MGM enters the computer animated arena with Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Animation and more already having their hats in the ring for so long. The story sounds like it could be fun, but with family films, you never know if they're going to strike a chord with the older crowd or just have childish humor for the kids. Interested?

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  • Robert Stukowski
    Hipster animated rock from MGM? Hmm, it might be good.

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