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