Warner Animation Group Dr. Seuss Enterprises Expand World Dr. Seuss Feature Films
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(Los Angeles, CA) — Oh, The Places They Are Going Together! Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. announced plans to greatly expand their partnership to bring the iconic 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 award-winning 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. Additionally, Thing One and Thing Two, the incredibly popular characters from “The Cat in The Hat,” will get their own starring vehicle in an original feature length animated adventure “Thing One and Thing Two” (working title). “Thing One and Thing Two” is currently scheduled for 2026 and “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” will bow in 2027.
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. The collaboration merges the whimsical worlds of Dr. Seuss with some of the most creative and visionary Hollywood storytellers and artists. 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 Erica Rivinoja (“South Park,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”) and Art Hernandez (“Planes,” “Planes: Fire and Rescue”) on board as directors. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s hit Netflix series “Green Eggs and Ham,” another joint project, was renewed for a second season.
Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, said, “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. 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 re-read 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 ‘The Cat in the Hat.’”
“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,” said Allison Abbate, EVP, 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.”
Hannah Minghella, Head of Motion Pictures at Bad Robot added, “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. It’s hard to imagine a more iconic or beloved book to bring to life as Bad Robot’s first animated feature for WB.”
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.
About Dr Seuss Enterprises
Dr. Seuss Enterprises is a leading global children’s entertainment company focused on preserving and enhancing the quality and dignity of Dr. Seuss’s body of work, thereby ensuring that each generation will experience the stories, characters, life lessons, and genius of Dr. Seuss. The company was established in 1993 and is based in San Diego, California. Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ global endeavors complement Dr. Seuss’s iconic books and include films, TV shows, stage productions, exhibitions, digital media, licensed merchandise, and other strategic partnerships. Ted Geisel once said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges,” a guiding principle at Dr. Seuss Enterprises. For more information about Dr. Seuss, visit Seussville.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
About Warner Animation Group
Warner Animation Group (WAG) is the feature animation division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. It is dedicated to the development and production of animated films that not only live up to the rich, 90-year legacy of Warner Bros.’ animated properties, but also delight and inspire today’s global family audiences through truly imaginative storytelling. Past films have included the globally successful LEGO movie franchise, “Smallfoot,” and most recently, the first fully animated theatrical release from the Scooby-Doo universe, “SCOOB!” (May 15, 2020). WAG’s upcoming slate includes “Tom and Jerry” (March 5, 2021), “Space Jam: A New Legacy” (July 16, 2021) and their next theatrical foray into the DC cannon, “DC Super Pets” (working title/2022).
About Bad Robot
Bad Robot was formed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams in 2001. The company has produced television series such as “Alias,” “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Person of Interest,” “Castle Rock,” “Westworld,” “Lovecraft Country” and “Little Voice”; feature films such as “Super 8,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” the “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Cloverfield” franchises; and interactive content including the mobile app “Action Movie FX.” Bad Robot's first foray into publishing, “S.,” a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, was a New York Times Best Seller. In 2018, the company launched Loud Robot, an artist-friendly independent music label, and Bad Robot Games, a new entity dedicated to developing large and indie-scale original games for mobile, PC and console. Bad Robot is based in Santa Monica and can be followed at twitter.com/bad_robot and instagram.com/bad_robot.
Source Warner Bros. Pictures
October 5, 2020 11:00am ET by Pressparty