Book to screen adaptations are big business in the movie world, with the recent Paddington 2 proving a huge hit with audiences of all ages. Now set to join the little bear from Peru is another popular children's book character, Peter Rabbit.
Hopping its way onto cinema screens very soon, Peter Rabbit features a cast of animal characters voiced by big stars including James Corden, Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley. And with a human ensemble including Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne, this big screen debut for author Beatrix Potter’s beloved title character may well become the next family-friendly hit.
Here's some other literary critters and characters we'd love to see in future films...
The book/character Mog the cat
The author Judith Kerr
The facts Mog's first appearance was way back in 1970 and she has been delighting readers ever since, with the final book being published in 2002. No stranger to the screen, this loveably forgetful feline appeared in a Christmas TV advert for supermarket chain Sainsbury's in 2015. Mog is known for getting into all kinds of scrapes and adventures, but it is easy to forgive that loveable fluffy face.
The film While the advert used a CGI puss, we think a live action film with a real-life cat would work best. The various cat-astrophes and feline frivolity would provide ample material for a comedic but heart-warming story, about a family learning to love this mischievous moggie.
The book/character The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The author Eric Carle
The facts Arguably one of the most famous children's books of all time, this greedy little bug has been a bedtime staple for almost 50 years. It tells the story of a caterpillar who eats his way through various treats before finally emerging as a beautiful butterfly. It has already been adapted into a TV series in 1993 as part of an anthology of other Eric Carle books.
The film The vivid colours and iconic illustrations of the book perfectly lend themselves to an animated film, particularly a hand-drawn one. It could be a coming-of-age story but with an insect twist, as the hero learns some lessons along the way about greed and the true beauty of a creature being on the inside. It could even be the sort of film that works with a fantastical spin, and with Japanese animation giants Studio Ghibli favouring books as their source for movies, we would love to see what they would do with this timeless classic.
The book/characters Mr Men and Little Miss
The author Roger Hargreaves
The facts The Mr. Men series began in 1971, followed by the Little Miss books in 1981. Following Hargreaves’ death in 1988, his son continued to write and illustrate new stories with some brand new characters, as well as special editions featuring some of the old favourites. Again, these characters have already appeared as an animated TV series with episodes being produced from 1974 to 2008 in various forms.
The film In 2015, 20th Century Fox Animation announced they had acquired the film rights to the Mr Men and Little Miss characters, so a film is perhaps already in the works. With the merger between 20th Century Fox and Disney, we would expect this to be an animated spectacular, with a computer animated style being the best fit. The great thing is, with so many characters to choose from, this would work as a big ensemble picture with lots of different ones, but there's also ample opportunity for spin-offs with some of the most popular. Watch this space.
The book/characters Mrs Tiggywinkle
The author Beatrix Potter
The facts First published over 100 years ago in 1905, this little hedgehog endures as one of Beatrix Potter’s most enchanting characters. In fact, most of Potter's books are still bestsellers today and they provide the perfect source material for charming tales. Mrs Tiggywinkle has already appeared in fondly remembered 1990s TV series The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends, a mixture of live-action (featuring actress Niamh Cusack as Potter) and cartoon adaptations of the stories in question.
The film According to the cast list on IMDb, we are going to see Mrs Tiggywinkle in the upcoming Peter Rabbit movie, voiced by singer Sia. However, we think she is more than deserving of her own film; perhaps Peter Rabbit will even mark the start of the Beatrix Potter cinematic universe? We're on-board.
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