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Sony Pictures Animation and Happy Madison bring Tonka trucks to the big screen

06.11.2012

Which toy has been tapped next to do a film on? Tonka trucks! Every little boy (or girl) has asked for these things for a Christmas or two, especially the dump truck. Nothing is cooler than digging up your parents backyard and burying G.I. Joes or Barbie parts.

Sony Pictures Animation and Happy Madison have joined forces with Hasbro to bring us a film for the kiddos about Tonka trucks. I bet you can guess who will be in the voice cast. A press release announced the project, but doesn't give much in the way of plot or details.

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 11, 2012 - TONKA, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has stood for its line of toy trucks for children, will bring its TONKA toughness to the big screen in a fully animated motion picture to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Happy Madison Productions. The announcement was made today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of Production for Sony Pictures Animation and Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro. The film will also be produced and developed by Goldner and Hasbro’s senior vice president and managing director of motion pictures, Bennett Schneir and will be written by Fred Wolf.

The new TONKA project strengthens the growing ties between Sony Pictures and Hasbro, following the announcements that Sony Pictures is developing motion pictures based on Hasbro’s RISK and CANDY LAND brands. CANDY LAND is also a Happy Madison project.

Commenting on the announcement, Osher said, “In its 65 years, TONKA has become more than a toy or a brand – TONKA trucks are a rite of passage for kids all around the world. Time spent with these toys creates memories that last a lifetime as kids are inspired to play using the boundaries of their imagination. We look forward to creating a family friendly motion picture that brings the TONKA experience to life.”

Raimo-Kouyate added, “Fred and our friends at Happy Madison and Hasbro have a truly inventive take on what it means to be ‘TONKA tough’ that will translate the multi-generational appeal of this world-renowned brand into a fun animated adventure for the whole family.”

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