Netflix has been busted Shrinking the Treehorn which was previously in development at Paramount Pictures. Ron Howard is still associated as a director and Rob Lieber as a writer.
Jeff Sneider for The Ankler confirms the news that Netflix is taking over the reins of the animated film first announced in 2017. Two years later, Ron Howard joined the project as director, as did the news that it would be distributed by Top Animation.
We didn’t hear much about the film for two years until Paramount announced in April 2021 that the film had been shifted to hit theaters in November 2023. But that won’t be the case, as we now know that Netflix, not Paramount, will be picking up distribution of the new animated film.
In The Ankler’s piece, they describe the film as “an animated musical set in New York City during the holiday season.”
As mentioned, Ron Howard Iis on board to direct the film that will be his directorial debut when it comes to an animated feature.
This will be the second major project Ron Howard is working on with Netflix. He previously directed the film adaptation of JD Vance’s novel Hillbilly Elegy for Netflix which was released in 2020. He was also the producer of last year’s Netflix movie tap, tap… BOOM! and of course to be seen as the narrator on Arrested development.
Rob Lieber stays on script tasks. The writer and producer is perhaps best known for his work on Sony’s Peter Rabbit and Goosebumps 2: Sappy’s Revenge†
Imagine Entertainment, the production company headed by Howard and Animal Logic headed by Zareh Nalbandian, will remain associated with the animated film.
What’s? Shrinking Treehorn as regards?
The film will be based on the children’s book that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and was released in 1971. It was written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Edward Gorey.
Designed for kids ages 4-8, here’s an overview of what the book is about in case you’ve never read it:
Treehorn is clearly shrinking and his parents aren’t interested in the least. His mother is obsessed with whether or not her cake rises. His father, who at one point addresses a son who can barely see across the table, says blindly: “No one shrinks.” It doesn’t seem so bad to Treehorn that his clothes are hanging over his limbs; he just thinks someone should know. But the adults he tries to warn are dismissing his claim as a ploy for attention or downright bad behavior.
Treehorn’s parents, his teacher and his principal react (or don’t react) to his drastically diminishing stature in a way that will remain true to any child who has tried to convince adults of the existence of fairies, the Loch Ness monster or things he goes into the night.”
the move of Shrinking the Treehorn to Netflix continues the streamer’s list of purchases from third-party studios to fuel its growing animated series. It used to depend on Sony for its animation roster so far with three pickups last year and K-Pop: Demon Hunters also a switch to the service in view.
Other animated Netflix movies in the upcoming animated series include: My father’s dragon† the sea beastGuillermo Del Toros Pinocchio† Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nuggetand The wizard’s elephant†