Kelly Asbury’s robust animation career has included roles in the art department (The Little Mermaid and Kung Fu Panda), voice acting (Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third), writing (Beauty and the Beast) and directing (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron), just to name a few. So when Sony Pictures was looking for someone to adapt Paul Gilligan’s comic strip, Pooch Café, for the big screen, the co-writer/director of Gnomeo and Juliet was an obvious choice. The CG-film will star Poncho, whom the studio sums up as a “cheese-loving, squirrel-fearing, toilet-drinking mutt who joins his canine friends at the Pooch Café, a neighborhood hangout where dogs can be dogs – comparing notes on such weighty issues as avoiding baths, zebra-flavored kibble, and the construction of a giant catapult with which to hurl all the Earth’s cats into the Sun.”
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Sony Pictures Animation should be eager to follow up their smash hit, The Smurfs, which has currently raked in over half a billion dollars. They seem to think that Gilligan’s Pooch Café will be another success with Asbury’s involvement. Sony Pictures Animation President Michelle Raimo-Kouyate told Heat Vision:
“Kelly’s wit and cinematic sensibility pairs wonderfully with the irreverent characters and wry comedy in the Pooch Café comic strip. We’ve been looking for something to do with Kelly, and this was a perfect match.”
There’s no doubt that Asbury is clearly in his element here. With such fertile reference material as Gilligan’s collection of comics over the last ten plus years, there’s no telling what direction the story will take. Then again, perhaps all the characters will simply meet at the Café day in and day out, discussing their daily lives and it will essentially be a movie about nothing.
Any fans of the comic strip out there that would like to comment? Are you excited at the prospect of a feature film for Pooch Café?