Jim Henson Company Announces Adaptation of 'Frog & Toad' Books
While Disney is busy working on turning Mr. Toad's Wild Ride into a feature film, The Jim Henson Company is looking at a pair of iconic amphibians for a future project. ComingSoon has a press release that reveals the Muppet company is working on an animated adaptation of Frog and Toad, the series of four children's books written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel which first hit in the 70's. Frog and Toad (that's their name as well as their species) are just a couple of best friends with simple daily adventures like sledding in the winter and getting ice cream on a summer day. But the film should have a larger story scope.
Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company says, "Frog and Toad has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids. With such high caliber talent on board, the delightful and funny adventures of these two great friends--with a nod to the classic 'buddy movie'--will bring a whole new audience to their big screen debut." What talent is that? Well Hoodwinked director Cory Edwards is behind the camera (that doesn't instill too much confidence) and "Hey Arnold" writer Craig Bartlett is writing the screenplay. These are iconic characters, but the stories in the books are simple for children to learn how to read. It'll be interesting to see what kind of feature film is crafted around the two swamp dwellers.