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Waterman Entertainment to Remake 'Brave Little Toaster' & 'Born Free'

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September 13, 2012
Source: The Wrap

Brave Little Toaster

This one takes me back. Of all the remakes that get announced, it's the ones that revive movies from my childhood that are usually the most enraging. The Rocketeer is just one example, but now and animated favorite from my childhood is heading into the remake oven. The Wrap reports a company called Waterman Entertainment, who has executive produced films like Casper and Stuart Little, are working on a computer animated/live-action hybrid remake of The Brave Little Toaster. But that's not all. They are also working on a new take of Born Free, which will tell the story from the perspective of the lion. Read on!

First, with The Brave Little Toaster, the original film followed a group of home appliances, a toaster, a blanket, a lamp, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner, who journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in their cabin in the woods. The new film will be updated to include modern technology (product placement, everyone!) and that apparently includes the iPhone. Now I feel dirty, especially since this story (written by Toy Story and A Bug's Life writer Joe Ranft) was the first film John Lasseter wanted to turn into a fully computer animated feature before leaving Disney, who let Hyperion Pictures take over the project. I'd be interested to hear what Lasseter thinks about this project moving forward.

As for Born Free, Waterman has snagged the rights to Joy Adamson's book of the same name which saw a film adaptation come together back in 1966. But this time they''ll be telling the story from the perspective of Elsa the Lion. Raised by the author and her game warden husband in Kenya, the lion gets an education of how to live in the wild from this pair of humans so that she doesn't live in captivity. This is the kind of story more powerful with live-action, and while a film like Peter Jackson's King Kong proves audiences can feel for a computer animated creature/character, in this case, it just feels like cheating.

Anyway, Waterman is getting more active in the film business as executive Tucker Waterman says, "We are increasing the amount of acquisitions as well as the number of films we intend to produce in the coming years. The company will also act as a rights-management company, focused on the exploitation of each property on multiple platforms in addition to and in coordination with the films." Though I enjoyed Stuart Little and Casper as a child, the company's executive producing efforts with the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies leave something to be desired, and I hope they don't ruin these childhood favorite stories that have spanned generations already. Thoughts?

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  • Zeus
    I will never watch a remake of the Brave Little Toaster.
    • lordkevin
      i feel like my life is now a lie if they remake it :(
    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Sleider/1847907840 Brian Sleider
      Why not just remaster and re-release it. Why cant hollywood pay some good writers and come up with some NEW ideas. I am sick of superhero-sequel-prequel-remake-itus.
      • Anonymous
        I'm sure they ARE going to re-release it! A box set of 'The Smurfs' was re-released when the remake came out, so I'm sure that the same will happen here.
  • http://twitter.com/Dingoman9126 Andy Young
    I interviewed Jerry Rees about it a year ago and if he's involved I'm excited. He had some great ideas and I think a reboot has some potential. Like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LOp_ZnE09k
  • DAVIDPD
    Gawd...if they remake that clown scene. I am done for (Again).
  • http://www.facebook.com/tzila Timothy Zila
    This, my friends, is where dreams of a Pixar remake go to die.
  • grimjob
    Oh Come on!! The Brave Little Toaster?! Fuck off!!
  • http://shiftlocal.wordpress.com/ Marc Callado
    The Brave Little Toaster has a firm place in my heart ever since I saw it as a child. I still remember the lamp sacrificing himself to get some power from lightning. The Brave Little IPhone would be hilarious. The group will consist of an Xbox 360, Nexus 7 tablet and brothers PS Vita and 3DS
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363064612 Said Samayoa
    im just gonna show my kids the original Brave Little Toaster... the one I grew up with
    • Anonymous
      You do that! Because you know what? It might give the original another chance for recognition!
  • http://www.facebook.com/sknipstein Stephen Knipstein
    Leave the toaster alone...or, the electric chair will hunt you down!!!!
  • FamilyFriend
    More on a BraveLittleToaster remake from Ian Rees, son of the original director Jerry Rees http://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/zugws/waterman_entertainment_has_acquired_the_rights_to/
  • Irate TBLT Life-long Fan
    This is disgusting. I absolutely abhor the fact that they are likely to crush one of my favorite movies with such a horrible medium. This will crash and burn and likely take my heart with it. What about the original music? "City of Lights," "B-Movie," "Cutting Edge," and "Worthless?" You cannot replace these, and if this is modernized which I heard it is likely to be (AN IPHONE?!) it just will be awful. Not to mention, using CGI and throwing out the old styles and using newer appliances is exactly what the consumerism part of the movie was about. Waterman's "focused on the exploitation.." no kidding.

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