Disney Drives Mr. Toad on wild ride to Movies

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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

The House of Mouse plans to adapt “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride,” a theme park ride that started when Dis­ney­land opened in 1955, into a live-action/CGI hybrid fea­ture film.

The ride itself is based on Disney’s adap­ta­tion of Ken­neth Grahame’s book The Wind In The Wil­lows.

Noted com­mer­cials and video direc­tor Pete Can­de­land has been hired by the Mouse House to develop the film. Best known for his work with ani­ma­tion, Can­de­land also cre­ated and directed car­toon music videos for The Goril­laz. As well, he worked with Paul McCart­ney to cre­ate a cin­e­matic open­ing to The Bea­t­les Rock Band for Har­monix.

Tron: Legacy pro­ducer Justin Springer will pro­duce the Dis­ney adap­ta­tion. Mean­while, the stu­dio is search­ing for a writer to con­vert the story into a film.

A twist­ing, turn­ing adven­ture, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride once was enjoyed at Walt Dis­ney World in Florida as well. How­ever, the ride was closed in 1998, replaced by The Many Adven­tures Of Win­nie The Pooh.

Dis­ney has sev­eral theme park attraction-inspired movie projects in the works, includ­ing a ver­sion of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with David Fincher. Its Pirates Of The Caribbean attrac­tion became a billion-dollar fea­ture film franchise.

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