If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Kevin Clash, better known around the world as the voice of the lovable 'Sesame Street' monster Elmo, will be pulling the strings on a brand new film project outside any universe in which he has previously worked. Clash, in association with The Gotham Group, has decided to produce a movie version of the classic Raggedy Ann and Andy stories. For those unfamiliar, Raggedy Ann and Andy were sibling rag dolls created by Johnny Gruelle in the early 1900s. The plan for the new film is to incorporate both puppetry and CGI to bring the Raggedy twins, and a host of their friends, to life; celebrity cameos are also apparently a major component. In addition to Elmo, Clash also voiced characters such as Baby Sinclair on the Henson TV series 'Dinosaurs,' and Splinter in the first two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. No word yet on when production is set to begin.
Admittedly, this story will fall squarely into the "don't give a crap" category for a lot of people. But as a kid, I grew up with the Raggedy Ann and Andy books. Well, more likely they were either reprints or an entirely new series of books, but they were a big part of my childhood and I'm interested to see how they bring the characters into a more contemporary setting with new filmmaking techniques. In particular I'm interested in see what they do with the ancillary characters such The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees. I think there's a dynamite puppet to be realized there. If you haven't seen the stellar documentary 'Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey,' I highly recommend it. After seeing the love, care, and craft that goes into all of Clash's characters, I am rooting for him to succeed in all his endeavors.
What do you guys think? Did anyone else grow up with these characters? Could this movie work?