October 1, 2020
Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises have announced plans to expand their partnership to bring the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss’ beloved books to life on screen.
Bad Robot Productions has been tapped to adapt “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” for the big screen, marking the production company’s first foray into feature animation. J.J. Abrams will serve as producer on the film along with Hannah Minghella, Bad Robot’s head of motion pictures.
“Dr. Seuss’ ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ is full of the inspiration, imagination, wonder and hope that has encouraged and entertained readers of all ages for generations,” says Hannah Minghella, motion pictures head, Bad Robot. “It’s hard to imagine a more iconic or beloved book to bring to life as Bad Robot’s first animated feature for WB.”
Additionally, Thing One and Thing Two, characters from “The Cat in The Hat,” will star in an original feature length animated adventure. The film, working title “Thing One and Thing Two,” is scheduled to be released in 2026, and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” will debut in 2027.
“Warner Animation Group truly understands the timelessness of Dr. Seuss, the incredible impact of the characters and stories and how to translate the magical appeal to truly come to life on screen,” says Susan Brandt, president, Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “With the amazing talent they are bringing to these projects, we are looking forward to bringing ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ and ‘Thing One and Thing Two’ to fans in a way that will delight them, capture their imaginations and inspire them to read and reread the stories. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the incredibly talented Erica Rivinoja and Art Hernandez, who we know will make magic with ‘Cat in the Hat.’”
These two new films mark the latest additions to the growing slate of animated projects that Warner Animation Group and Dr. Seuss Enterprises are developing together that builds out an extensive Dr. Seuss animated universe. Other current projects in development include the “The Cat in the Hat” feature film that will kick-off the new Dr. Seuss movie slate in 2024, with Rivinoja and Hernandez on board as directors. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s Netflix series “Green Eggs and Ham,” another joint project, was renewed for a second season.
“We are so thrilled to expand our creative partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and are even more excited about the expansion of this slate of films,” says Allison Abbate, executive vice president, Warner Animation Group. “Our ‘The Cat in the Hat’ is off to a terrific start with the incredible Erica Rivinoja and Art Hernandez at the helm. ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ is one of Seuss’ most enduring masterpieces and its profound and poignant message resonates with fans of all ages. We are thrilled to be working with Hannah and J.J. at Bad Robot to bring this cultural touchstone to life on the big screen. And what could be more fun than to create an original story for Thing One and Thing Two? These two delightfully enigmatic characters will help us explore the magical world that Ted Geisel created with ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and we can’t wait to jump in. This partnership with Susan Brandt and DSE is a perfect fit for WAG and our ongoing vision to produce iconic animated features based on beloved IP.”
Additional details about these new projects will be unveiled in the coming months, and more collaborations between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Warner Animation Group are expected in the future.
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