THE TWILIGHT SAGA Producers to Make BABAR Movie

     August 3, 2010

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The Twilight Saga producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are planning to adapt the classic children’s book series Babar into a feature film.  Deadline reports that Bowen and Godfrey’s production company, Temple Hill, has made a deal with rights holders Nelvana and The Clifford Ross Company to generate family films around the “King of the Elephants”.  Temple Hill is currently in production on Babar: The Adventures of Badou and Godfrey and Bowen are currently in the process of shopping around a blueprint of the Babar movie that would be a live-action/CGI hybrid family comedy.  Could someone give me an example of a live-action/CGI hybrid adaptation of a children’s book that was a good movie?  I’m struggling to think of one and coming up with nothing.

There have been more than 30,000 Babar publications in 19 languages since Jean De Brunhoff first created the character in 1931.  His son Laurent continues to carry on his father’s work.  Hit the jump to learn more about Babar.

Here’s a brief summary of the character via Wikipedia:

Babar the Elephant is a French children’s fictional character who first appeared in Histoire de Babar by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931 and enjoyed immediate success. An English language version, entitled The Story of Babar, appeared in 1933 in Britain and also in the United States. The book is based on a tale that Brunhoff’s wife, Cecile, had invented for their children. It tells of a young elephant called Babar who leaves the jungle, visits a big city, and returns to bring the benefits of civilization to his fellow elephants. Then he comes back and becomes king of the elephant kingdom. He then has children and teaches them valuable lessons.

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