The nostalgia of childhood Saturday mornings strikes again as Warner Bros. has set official release dates for Sesame Street and Tom and Jerry feature films. The films starring staples of characters from children’s shows will be seen as never before, with Sesame Street being a live-action musical and Tom and Jerry being made into a live-action animation hybrid.
Sesame Street resonated with children and adults alike when it first aired on PBS in 1969 and provided a unique look at educational entertainment, with the series combining sketch comedy, animation, and puppetry. The show also gave birth to some of the best-known characters in TV history, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and Elmo. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Sesame Street is still hailed as one of the most successful children’s programs of all times, despite moments of controversy. But, before the world knew of Sesame Street, there was another program that would lead to one of the greatest rivalries of all time. Starting as short films, Tom and Jerry eventually made its way into a Saturday morning slot in 1965. The cat-vs-mouse antics became iconic, and joined ranks with beloved cartoons like The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones.
According to The Wrap, Sesame Street is slated for January 15, 2021, and Tom and Jerry arrives April 16, 2021. Sesame Street is in the hands of director Jonathan Krisel, Mike Rosolio and Chris Galletta, who've penned the screenplay, and producer Shawn Levy, who's been attached to the project since 2012. Sesame Street has been riddled with Hollywood A-List guest stars over the years, so it's no surprise that would be the case for the live-action musical. As of this writing, Anne Hathaway is rumored to play a pivotal role in Sesame Street. The dominoes are also starting to fall into place for the live-action animation hybrid version of Tom and Jerry. Unlike the 1992 feature film version, the titular duo will remain silent, leaving their actions and facial expressions to tell the tale. Tom and Jerry have Tim Story attached to direct, who's no stranger to action, thanks to Fantastic Four and the reboot of Shaft.
As the release dates of Sesame Street and Tom and Jerry get closer, more details will unravel, including official titles and casting choices for the live-action roles. It's recently been reported Warner Bros. has their eye on Zoey Deutch and Olivia Cooke for the lead actress in Tom and Jerry. As for their release dates, Tom and Jerry currently stands as having a monopoly on its date, but Sesame Street may find competition, as Paramount plans on releasing their live-action adaptation of Rugrats around that same time.
In an era of reboots and revivals, one focused on an animated series is always hit-or-miss. The past couple of years have displayed that no show or topic is off the radar for a rebirth in live-action, including Disney’s Aladdin, Mattel’s Hot Wheels or Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog. But given Sesame Street’s and Tom and Jerry’s massive popularity, these films certainly stand a chance at finding success.
Source: The Wrap