The production team behind the Twilight series has snagged the rights to the acclaimed French children's series Babar. Producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey want to make a family comedy that mixes CGI and live-action, Deadline reports. However, some fans of the 1931 French book, which revolves around a beloved elephant king, don't want the makers of teenybopper vampire fare anywhere near Babar. Should they be concerned?
- Babar's Backstory "Babar is a young orphaned elephant who flees the jungle for human civilisation," explains The Guardian's Ben Child. "After learning the ways of man, he returns to his people and eventually becomes their king, after which, all elephants begin to wear clothes and behave like members of early 20th-century French society."
- Great Potential, writes Scott Tunstall at Flick Sided: "If you’ve been dying to see movies about Babar the elephant, and frankly who hasn’t, then it’s time to do a happy dance... The plan is to incorporate live-action with CGI. My assumption is Babar will be the one getting the CGI treatment, but I suppose they could go the other way and have everything but the elephant be CGI... Whatever the case, it will be hard to top Babar’s best big screen performance in the ’80s comedy classic, Fletch."
- A Terrible Idea, writes Katey Rich at Cinema Blend: "It's mystifying when people keep trying to improve on an animation style that peaked with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? over 20 years ago, but it's even stranger when they do it at the expense of something generally great... The power of nostalgia aside I don't see much appeal for adult audiences in a Babar movie, so as long as they keep the animation relatively inoffensive and the tone appropriate for kids, the movie might slip under the outrage radar rather than infuriate many, many generations of children who want to see what they love go untouched."
- One Request "Here's hoping Robert Pattinson will get nowhere near close enough to taint this childhood memory," writes Dan Fletcher at Time.