〉The film will connect closely to the recently rebooted product line and TV series
Pitched in the vein of Dr. Doolittle, sources say the film will center on a young girl who moves to a new town, with her new quarters residing above a pet shop. Eventually, she develops the power to hear pets speak, setting the stage for countless adventures. Brian Goldner is producing the pic for Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures.
The live-action/CGI hybrid lifts its story straight from the popular cartoon series of the same name, which debuted in 2012. Littlest Pet Shop follows a similar set-up, likely to connect to the series and feature some familiar pets.
The toy franchise has existed since the early 1990s and has seen various different products and even another cartoon series, but the film will be primarily influenced by the company’s recent rebooted toy line, modeled after the show.
The series, developed by Julie McNally-Cahill and Tim Cahill, follows Blythe Baxter, the young girl in question who develops the ability to communicate with animals. Blythe works in the eponymous pet store that she lives above, using her pet fashion designs to attract business and fend off a corrupt rival store.
The move doesn’t come as a surprise, as Hasbro has launched a number of films based on their beloved properties. Candy Land, My Little Pony, and Hungry Hungry Hippos are just a few of the films that Hasbro currently has in development, along with a sequel to 2014’s Ouija. The company most recently released Blumhouse’s Jem and the Holograms adaptation, which hit screens via Universal last month.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor