Fuse #8

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

It's More Interesting To Note What They Haven't Done Than What They Have

From Cynopsis comes two different bit of news regarding picture book to TV screen adaptations:

WGBH Boston has partnered with Canada's Studio B Productions Inc. to develop and co-produce Martha Speaks , a new animated series based on the popular kid's book of the same name by author Susan Meddaugh (1992/Houghton Mifflin). Designed to expand kid's vocabulary through language and story-telling (and eating alphabet soup), the Martha Speaks series will be comprised of 40 half hour episodes and is slated to be ready for air in fall 2008 on public TV in the US. Studio B will hold international distribution rights for the property.
And then later . . . .
National Geographic Kids Entertainment has inked a deal for the TV development rights to author Jerdine Nolen's kid's book Plantzilla . Nolen and David Catrow, illustrator of Plantzilla and numerous other kid's books (and political cartoons), have teamed with writer Mark Drop and NG to adapt the book into an animated series for K6-11. Plantzilla revolves around the adventures of third grader Mortimer Henryson and his best friend Plantzilla, the classroom plant.
As me title says, I'm far more interested in the books they haven't considered for animation than the ones they have. Is there a Click, Clack, Moo in the works? An attempt to woo Mo to give up all Pigeon-related rights? A back and forth over who gets Fancy Nancy? Such an odd business, television.

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