Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Planning Raggedy Ann and Andy Movie
First of all, if you haven't taken the time to learn more about puppeteer Kevin Clash, the man who brings life to the red monster Elmo on "Sesame Street," then I wholly recommend checking out Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey on Netflix Instant right now. Now Clash is looking to bring some other familiar faces to life as Variety reports the puppeteer is teaming up with The Gotham Group to bring Raggedy Ann and Andy to the big screen in the form of a film that blends puppetry and computer animation. And just like the long run of Muppet movies, there will be plenty of celebrity cameos to liven things up a bit. More below!
The story for the film will come from the book Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel With Wrinkled Knees, which takes the rag dolls to a modern day city where they get lost and must rescue Babette, another doll who is missing from the nursery. Along the way they apparently encounter an old horse and twelve angry pirates. Raggedy Ann has been around since 1915 and his brother Andy was introduced a couple years later, and while I'm sure there's plenty of people who are aware of the characters, I'm not sure there's a big audience to see them come to the big screen. Of course, Clash is very in tune with family audiences and children, so maybe he sees a desire there that we don't. The characters haven't see the big screen since an animated short film in 1941, so this will certainly be a first for the classic doll duo.