The Jim Henson Company may be going animated, as they have acquired the rights to the children's books Frog and Toad and is busy developing them into an animated film, according to Variety. Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel in the 1970s, each of the four Frog and Toad books include five short stories chronicling the exploits of a frog and his friend, a toad.
"Frog and Toad has tremendous value with parents who read these charming stories when they were children and are now sharing them with their own kids," said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. "With such high caliber talent on board, the delightful and funny adventures of these two great friends - with a nod to the classic 'buddy movie' - will bring a whole new audience to their big screen debut."
Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!) will write the screenplay and Cory Edwards (Hoodwinked) is attached to direct. The Jim Henson Company has been slightly out in the wilderness since selling The Muppets to Disney in 2004, but is now developing a slate of family films they're hoping to make.