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From the producers of Twilight comes... Babar the Elephant?

08.04.2010
Just yesterday, we got word that a popular, long-lasting children's icon (CURIOUS GEORGE) was going to be coming to the big screen (again). Today, we've got another one: Babar the Elephant. Only caveat? It's coming from the producers of the TWILIGHT films.

But really, what could producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey do that might be considered bad? Well, according to Deadline's Mike Fleming, the film entitled BABAR: THE ADVENTURES OF BADOU, is hoping to be turned into a live-action/CG hybrid… a la GARFIELD, THE CHIPMUNKS and, well, whatever other live-action/CG hybrids you can think of...

Anyway, the plan is to develop a string of family films centered around the Babar book series. For those who have never heard of the elephant, it was first created in France by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931. According to Wikipedia, the first book, Histoire de Babar, "tells of a young elephant… 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."
Extra Tidbit: Seriously, off the top of my head, I can't think of a legitimately good live-action/CG hybrid family film. Can you?
Source: Deadline

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3:32PM on 08/04/2010
I was never big on Babar...so this idea doesn't seem to feasible.
I was never big on Babar...so this idea doesn't seem to feasible.
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12:53PM on 08/04/2010
Childhood memories.
Childhood memories.
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11:46AM on 08/04/2010
Here's an idea to help the creative process : get Noah Baumback and Wes Anderson on the project! It worked wonders from Fantastic Mr Fox!
Here's an idea to help the creative process : get Noah Baumback and Wes Anderson on the project! It worked wonders from Fantastic Mr Fox!
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9:26AM on 08/04/2010
Maybe they could put men in fancy elephant suits, get an indie rock band to produce the score, and call it an arthouse masterpiece like "Where the Wild Things Are."

I kid, I kid. Nah this movie will likely suck considering its concept.
Maybe they could put men in fancy elephant suits, get an indie rock band to produce the score, and call it an arthouse masterpiece like "Where the Wild Things Are."

I kid, I kid. Nah this movie will likely suck considering its concept.
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8:16AM on 08/04/2010
A talking elephant in a suit? This already looks more like adult fare than the 'Twilight' movies.
A talking elephant in a suit? This already looks more like adult fare than the 'Twilight' movies.
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7:49AM on 08/04/2010

heres one

stuart little, that was quite good
stuart little, that was quite good
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5:05PM on 08/04/2010
Anyone knows who's the screenwriter for that ? Quite a surprise !
Anyone knows who's the screenwriter for that ? Quite a surprise !
5:45PM on 08/04/2010
Yes, I do know, but I won't say (and no I didn't look it up on IMDb).
Yes, I do know, but I won't say (and no I didn't look it up on IMDb).
7:22AM on 08/04/2010

no thanks!

VERY bad idea. Grew up with Babar and can't imagine that the original stories' charme and naivité translate well to film. The Babar books' great strenth is their wonderful, childlike simplicity, something Hollywood isn't really good at
VERY bad idea. Grew up with Babar and can't imagine that the original stories' charme and naivité translate well to film. The Babar books' great strenth is their wonderful, childlike simplicity, something Hollywood isn't really good at
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6:01AM on 08/04/2010

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I guess one could consider ENCHANTED like a live-action/CG hybrid family film. And that film was... awesome. Love Babar the Elephant, they should get NPH on board and we'll be semi-safe.
I guess one could consider ENCHANTED like a live-action/CG hybrid family film. And that film was... awesome. Love Babar the Elephant, they should get NPH on board and we'll be semi-safe.
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3:18PM on 08/04/2010
they have NPH in The Smurfs and that doesn't look safe
they have NPH in The Smurfs and that doesn't look safe
5:05PM on 08/04/2010
True fact, I thought about that after my post. Gotta hate Raja Gosnell, man oh man. And he killed Scooby-Doo !
True fact, I thought about that after my post. Gotta hate Raja Gosnell, man oh man. And he killed Scooby-Doo !
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