Thursday, May 26, 2016

All Aboard: Animated 'Boxcar Children' Films In The Works

Now this is unexpected... Yet kind of expected at the same time...

If you're my age (23), chances are you remember The Boxcar Children paperbacks. The ongoing series about the titular sleuths began life in the 1940s, penned by Gertrude Chandler Warner - a continuation of a story she penned in the 1920s. She wrote the last book in 1976, three years before her passing. In 1991 it was revived and kept alive by various authors, those are the ones I'm more familiar with being an early 90s baby myself.

According to THR, Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics plan to produce both live-action and animated films based on the 150+ books, Deadline on the other hand says it'll be an "either or" situation... But the first three films will be animated. The other plan is to tackle other children's novels that Legacy owns the rights to. When can we expect to start seeing these projects? Next year, the series' 75th anniversary. The first feature is said to be "well into production", too. No word on what kind of animation, but I'm 99% sure they'll be CG.

Interestingly enough, two years ago, an animated Boxcar Children film was made. Don't remember it? Went straight to video after running at some film festivals, and apparently was animated in Guatemala. It cost about $5 million to make but unfortunately had bad early 00s video game cutscene-looking animation. Legacy Classics was also behind that one, as they've owned the rights for a long while.

Anyways, it's a bit of an odd announcement but one that makes sense. 90s nostalgia is in full swing these days (and how!), and the 90s series is a staple in many a 90s baby's childhoods... Plus it's been a worldwide success for decades and decades, surprised a movie adaptation didn't come much sooner.

What do you think of this series getting the movie treatment again?

1 comment:

  1. As a kid, I had sort of imagined making an animated series based on these books. This is the first I've heard of it. Sounds like a good idea as long as the right people are behind it.