Look Out, Pirates! 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' Heads to the Big Screen Too
After Disney surprisingly turned their Pirates of the Caribbean attraction into a billion dollar film franchise, we expected all their rides to get the feature film treatment. Slowly but surely development on films for Tomorrowland, Jungle Cruise and a reboot of The Haunted Mansion (since the first one sucked) have manifested themselves, and now another old ride is headed to theaters. Deadline reports Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, one of the longest running attractions, based on Disney's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, is now getting a hybrid live-action/CGI film from Pete Candeland, a commercial and music video director.
No writer is attached yet, but Tron Legacy producer Justin Springer is behind the film. As for Candeland's involvement, the director has been involved with animation for sometime, including directing music videos for the animated band The Gorillaz, easily some of the best music videos that still take creative advantage of a medium plagued by dancing girls and shoddy editing. In addition, one of his more popular feats includes working with Paul McCartney to craft the opening cinematic for the best-selling video game The Beatles Rock Band. If that kind of trippy style can be applied to Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, count me in! Thoughts?