DreamWorks Animation Snags Rights to 'Casper', 'Voltron' and More
by Ben Pearson
July 23, 2012
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?