Babar The Elephant Bound For Big Screen

From vampires to elephants: Summit Entertainment — the same studio which produces the wildly-popular Twilight Saga — has negotiated a deal to take classic French animated character Babar on a CGI adventure, Deadline New York dished on Wednesday.

We suppose it was only a matter of time. After all, Garfield, Curious George, Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs, and Yogi Bear have all already made the dreaded leap from cartoon to computerized silver screen stars.

Babar is the tale of an orphaned elephant who becomes King of the Elephants and brings aspects of human life — such as wearing clothes — into his early 20th century elephantine society. Created by Jean de Brunhoff in 1931, and continued by his son Laurent after his death in 1937, Babar’s adventures span more than 30,000 publications in 19 languages.

The story was adapted into an animated series by HBO in the early ’90s — hot on the heels of Babar: The Movie, produced by New Line Cinema in 1989.

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