Disney Making 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' a Movie Now

April 17, 2012

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Disney continues their plan to develop films out of anything they own that a kid has freaked out and thrown up on.

With film versions of Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matterhorn, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion, and the entirety of the Magic Kingdom already in development, the Walt Disney Company has now added to that list an in-development adaptation of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Just to reiterate, this is not a new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's Wind and the Willows, the classic source material the ride (and prior Disney cartoon) was based on. This is an adaptation of a ride loosely based on the idea of driving around a plastic jalopy with some of the characters from Wind and the Willows, and then a kid crying and throwing up. Because why work backward when you're already at the ride stage, which is legitimately much closer to the painfully-three-dimensional movie stage?

Pete Candeland, a music video and commercial director (aren't they all now?), has been hired on to develop the film into the standard mix of CGI creatures and, where needed, barely-there human presence. The studio is now reportedly "looking for a writer to draft the plot into a film"--again, the plot being the story of getting in a little plastic car and eventually being covered in throw-up, not the plot of the book that has a real plot already.

Still, Candeland has earned some respect for his work on Gorillaz music videos, and also made this swell intro to the Rock Band Beatles expansion. If we can ignore that this is movie based on a ride based on a cartoon based on a book, it could turn out alright. But shit, I'm already thinking how it's based on a ride again.

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