The “let’s turn theme park rides into movies” trend continues. Following four Pirates of the Caribbean films and a planned Yeti-infused feature adaptation of the Matterhorn ride, Disney is prepping yet another theme park ride for a big screen iteration. Deadline reports that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is in development as a feature film that will blend live-action and CGI elements. The ride itself, which opened at Disneyland in 1955, is based on the classic Kenneth Grahame collection of children’s stories called The Wind in the Willows. The titular Mr. Toad is portrayed as a spoiled and impulsive amphibian with a penchant for dangerous driving (you know, for the kids).
Commercials director Pete Candeland is set to take the helm, which is actually an exciting choice. Candeland has helmed a number of videos for the animated band Gorillaz including “Melancholoy Hill”, and he co-directed the video for “Stylo” starring Bruce Willis. Additionally, he directed the opening for The Beatles Rock Band. Disney is currently looking for writers to develop Mr. Toad, but if Candeland is intricately involved we may be in for a visual treat. Hit the jump to sample some of his work.