DreamWorks Animation Snags Rights to 'Casper', 'Voltron' and More

July 23, 2012

DreamWorks Animation / Voltron and Casper

Here's some news that might make family-friendly movie fans happy. DreamWorks Animation announced in a press release that they have acquired Classic Media, a company that owns the film rights to iconic characters like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Where's Waldo?, Lassie, George of the Jungle, and The Lone Ranger. They'll obviously have to contend with Disney on that last property, since a live-action Lone Ranger is already on the way, but this is a cool opportunity to bring some of these classic characters back to the big screen and introduce them to a new generation that might not know them at all.

I have very fond memories of the 1995 film Casper, so I'm hoping that a new take on that character is one of the first out of the gate for DreamWorks. The internet has also been fond of making fake Where's Waldo? movie trailers over the past few years, and with a live-action Waldo movie in development since 2009, maybe this purchase is enough to finally get that sneaky striped-shirt-wearing dude into theaters. Classic Media also holds the rights to the long-running Christmas films Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, and while no amount of hand-drawn or computer generated animation could hold up to the classic stop motion of those movies, maybe it will get the studio thinking about how they can put a new spin on these characters. Thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


Ooooh nice, now I know which franchises not to look forward to...

Alan Trehern on Jul 23, 2012


You had me at DreamWorks and Voltron:) Nice!

RidgeRacer4 on Jul 23, 2012


Where in the article does it even mentioned Voltron? That was the only reason that caught my interest.

nathan on Jul 23, 2012


i know, same here

Joey Lee on Jul 23, 2012


yeah same here.

WTF on Jul 24, 2012


I know, right? I feel like I showed up to Wally World after it closed for the season...

Matthew South on Jul 24, 2012


wait, I thought this was Voltron VERSUS Casper?! mislead again!

lando on Jul 23, 2012


Steven Spielberg should be focusing on his own animated classic's Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and Freakazoid and turning them into movie's not buying rubbish like Casper and Where's Wally (Waldo).

Carl on Jul 23, 2012


Ahh Lassie. The film that ruined Smalls' acting career. Poor bastard.

grimjob on Jul 23, 2012


Voltron is wack. Poor man's Gundam.

Carpola on Jul 24, 2012

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