Sunday, July 26, 2009
The Wind in the Willows or How Disney Wanted Toad to Skateboard
My husband sent the followingexcerpt to me this morning. It's from the web site Rotten Tomatoes. The article is about Guillermo del Toro, the director of "Pan's Labyrinth" who was, apparently, offered the director's job for a Disney remake of "The Wind in the Willows".
But one of the projects del Toro spent time on in 2003 was a Disney adaptation of Wind in the Willows that was to mix live action with CG animation, and the director explained why he had to leave the helm. "It was a beautiful book, and then I went to meet with the executives and they said, 'Could you give Toad a skateboard and make him say, 'radical dude' things,' and that's when I said, 'It's been a pleasure...'"
I dunno. I can't see it either. Toad on a damn skateboard? Why don't they just fly him to the moon? Oh, no, that's "Toy Story".
They might as well take Winnie the Pooh and make him a glue sniffer. The hell with honey!
Original illustrations for "The Wind in the Willows" and "Winnie the Pooh" by e.h. shepherd.