Will you like Netflix’s adaptation of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’? Will you like them, Sam I Am? Well, Netflix and producer Ellen DeGeneres hope so, as they are taking Dr. Seuss’ classic bedtime favorite and turning it into a full 13-episode animated series. Well, it worked for ‘The Grinch’ which has been stretched into two feature films.
Created by Jared Stern (‘Dr. Ken’), the first trailer for the upcoming Netflix series definitely brings to mind odd-couple road pictures like ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ (a comparison I came up with before reading it in the synopsis). Adam Devine stars as Sam I Am, with Michael Douglas at his grouchiest as Guy I Am. The all-star voice cast also includes Jillian Bell, Daveed Diggs, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Diane Keaton, Keegan-Michael Key, Tracy Morgan, John Turturro, and Jeffrey Wright. Interestingly, DeGeneres, a.k.a. Dory, doesn’t contribute her own voice to this project.
Heroes aren’t born, they’re poached, scrambled, and fried… Green Eggs and Ham, serving November 8, only on Netflix.
The story you know is just the start. This new adventure is off the charts. Hit the road with a whole new crew. There’s Sam, Guy, and a Chickeraffe too.
But how’d we turn this 50-word, Seussian spiel into a 13-episode meal? Our recipe starts “Here” and definitely goes “There.” We added a “Box” full of “Fox”, a “Boat” load of “Goat,” and a “Mouse,” on the “House.” Try it in the “Rain” on a “Train” or go far in your “Car” to find a spot to park and stream it in the “Dark.” Because, in case you were unaware, this show’s miles ahead of “Anywhere!”
Here is the official synopsis:
The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Planes, Trains and Automobiles through the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Sam rescues the rare Chickeraffe from the Glurfsburg Zoo, hides it in a briefcase, and attempts to make his way to Meepville where he can charter a cold air balloon to take the Chickeraffe to his island home.
Guy just flopped his last big chance at being a world-famous inventor for the industrial Snerz Co. He packs up his invention in a briefcase and resigns to give up on his dreams and become a paint watcher.
A chance meeting at a diner with Sam, and a switch up with the briefcases results in these two unlikely souls getting mixed up on an adventure that takes them on a journey of self-discovery.
Our two mismatched heroes cross paths with overprotective Michellee, whose daughter, EB, desperately wants a pet, and falls madly in love with the Chickeraffe… despite her mother’s fears that it will eat off her face (it won’t). Michellee’s walled up heart also connects with the heart-hardened Guy. And a laborious love story begins.
Our fakakta foursome are also unknowingly pursued by a bounty hunter goat, two bad guys, and a villain who’s out to get the Chickeraffee as his ultimate trophy.
Check out the trailer below:
At the very least, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ looks beautiful, mixing the original Seussian art, traditional 2D animation, and computer effects to smooth it out and bring it to life. It’s not overly CG, but richer than old school 2D cel art.
‘Green Eggs and Ham’ arrives on Netflix next week, on November 8, in time for Thanksgiving. (Another ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ similarity!) Will you watch it in a box, or with a fox?