Warner Animation answers Illumination’s “Grinc…

Minions-making Illumination Entertainment may have its classic Dr. Seuss film in theaters this November, but it appears that Warner Animation Group won’t let the Grinch ruin any of its celebrations, as WAG announced a deal to make several Dr. Seuss films today. 

Warner’s Seuss film slate begins with The Cat in the Hat, which is still in the development stage and will be soon looking for a screenwriter. 

Dr. Seuss (a pen name for Theodor Geisel) published more than 60 books and inspired several films for animation and live action, including the very popular How the Grinch Stole Christmas films (1966, 2000), Horton Hears a Who! and The Lorax

The Cat in the Hat was less successful as a film, but the characters have enjoyed a long run on television — currently, as The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, a half-hour animated show first aired in 2010.

Interestingly, Dr. Seuss’ first book to be adapted to film was Horton Hatches the Egg, produced in 1942 by Warner Bros. as part of the group’s “Merrie Melodies” series of short films — yes, the same series that introduced the world to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. 

Is Warner’s new plan a recipe for a box office smash?

WAG’s films of late have been wildly entertaining — there’s a reason so many feel Lego Batman was snubbed by the Oscars. It will be interesting to see where Warner goes with its Dr. Seuss deal on top of the films already in production: 

– Courtney (harmonicacave)