Dr. Seuss’s timeless tale of one man’s quest to convince a stranger to eat oddly-colored breakfast foods is finally getting turned into a 13-part animated series for Netflix. The Ellen DeGeneres-produced show will feature vocal performances from an all-star cast that includes Tracy Morgan, Diane Keaton, Michael Douglas, Ilana Glazer, Daveed Diggs, Adam DeVine, Eddie Izzard, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jillian Bell. It’s a good mix of venerable dramatic actors and comedic favorites, spanning several generations. Michael Douglas is playing protagonist Guy Am I, while Adam DeVine is portraying his rival Sam I Am.
Netflix released a teaser for the series this morning:
Since the source material takes approximately seven minutes to read from beginning to end, the creators of the Netflix show have understandably beefed up the plot a bit. A press release for the series explains that it’s “like a postmodern Plains, Trains and Automobiles” where Sam and Guy will embark on a quest-like adventure and find some common ground, presumably, through sharing the titular breakfast dish.
Green Eggs and Ham has been more than three years in the making. With an original budget projection of $60 million, the series was considered one of the most expensive Netflix projects, ever, when it was first announced back in 2015. All 13 episodes will land in the streaming titan’s library in fall 2019. Check out some early character artwork below, and stay tuned for any and all updates on this most unusual Netflix series.
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