LOADING ...

Here's how Netflix is squeezing 13 episodes out of Green Eggs And Ham

Randall Colburn Feb 19, 2019. 24 comments

Would you like them in a house? Would you like them with a mouse? How about with Tracy Morgan, Michael Douglas, and Diane Keaton? Because they’re just a few of the heavy hitters Netflix has lined up for its loony-sounding adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs And Ham, which, as we reported in 2015 , will debut on the streaming service as a 13-episode series. Content, man. 

If you’re wondering how producer Ellen Degeneres and creator Jared Stern (The Lego Batman Movie) are culling hours of content from a fleeting children’s book about culinary discovery, a new press release from the streamer has some answers. For one, they’re building out the ensemble. A lot. There’s also a road trip, a love story, mismatched briefcases, a “bounty hunter goat,” and an endangered animal call the Chickeraffee. Oh, and Eddie Izzard as a “tiny, evil overlord” with “a passion for collecting rare, illegal animals.” The press release describes it as “a postmodern Plains, Trains and Automobiles,” which really has us wondering who they’re expecting to watch this thing.

Here’s a synopsis:

The story of Green Eggs and Ham is like a postmodern Plains, 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.

Guiding your moppets through this labyrinthian adaptation of a 64-page illustrated children’s book is Workaholics and Pitch Perfect star Adam Devine, who will star as the ravenous Sam-Am-I. He’ll be joined by Douglas’ skeptical “Guy-I-Am,” as well as Morgan, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Keegan-Michael Key, Daveed Diggs, and John Turturro, who will play the aforementioned “goat bounty hunter.”

See some of the character designs below, as well as a brief teaser for the series, which is slated to premiere this fall.

24 Comments

Other Randall Colburn's posts

HBO Max browses Scholastic book catalog, orders Point Horror TV series HBO Max browses Scholastic book catalog, orders Point Horror TV series

20th Century Fox announced its Fear Street film adaptation earlier this year, and now here comes with HBO—an arm of Fox competitor WarnerMedia—with its own stab at modernizing the teen horror of yesteryear. Variety reports that Point Horror —the YA horror anthology that helped launch the careers of R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Diane Hoh, and Caroline B. Cooney back...

Disney+'s Endgame extras include deleted scene with Katherine Langford's grown-up Morgan Stark Disney+'s Endgame extras include deleted scene with Katherine Langford's grown-up Morgan Stark

It was late last year when it was revealed that 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford would be playing a mysterious role in Avengers: Endgame , one we, living in a pre-Hawkeye series world , foolishly thought could very well be Kate Bishop . We were wrong, yes, but it also turned out that Langford’s character didn’t even make...

Paul Thomas Anderson is returning to high school (and the San Fernando Valley) for his next film Paul Thomas Anderson is returning to high school (and the San Fernando Valley) for his next film

After unpacking the haute luxuries of 1950s London with 2017's Phantom Thread , the great Paul Thomas Anderson will jump ahead a few decades for a decidedly different period tale. His latest film, per The Hollywood Reporter, evokes one of the defining films of one of his contemporaries, Richard Linklater, in that it’s a ‘70s-set high school story with...

Disney+ consumed by technical issues on launch day Disney+ consumed by technical issues on launch day

There’s been ample hype feeding the launch of Disney+, the House of Mouse’s new streaming service, so much so that its servers haven’t been able to handle the influx of users amped for The Mandalorian , The Simpsons, and old episodes of Darkwing Duck . As Variety reports, social media is brimming with frustrated users who’ve been confronted by...

Suggested posts

After 55 years, Days Of Our Lives seems to be on its last legs After 55 years, Days Of Our Lives seems to be on its last legs

The world of daytime television might be about to dramatically change, with TV Line reporting that the entire cast of Days Of Our Lives has been released from their contracts, seemingly indicating that the long-running soap’s days are numbered. By the end of November, when production wraps on the show’s 55th year, it will have banked enough episodes to...

Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes… again Ricky Gervais will host the Golden Globes… again

Last year’s Golden Globes ceremony was surprisingly fun for a Golden Globes ceremony, with hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh opening the show with a very fun play on Ricky Gervais’ mean-spirited opening monologues that involved angrily complimenting the celebrities in the audience rather than bitterly mocking them. It was a nice change of pace, and Oh even wrapped...

HBO Max browses Scholastic book catalog, orders Point Horror TV series HBO Max browses Scholastic book catalog, orders Point Horror TV series

20th Century Fox announced its Fear Street film adaptation earlier this year, and now here comes with HBO—an arm of Fox competitor WarnerMedia—with its own stab at modernizing the teen horror of yesteryear. Variety reports that Point Horror —the YA horror anthology that helped launch the careers of R.L. Stine, Christopher Pike, Diane Hoh, and Caroline B. Cooney back...

Christian Serratos becomes Selena in first teaser for Selena: The Series Christian Serratos becomes Selena in first teaser for Selena: The Series

Great news for everyone who’s already sick of reading about Disney+: Netflix has released the first footage of Christian Serratos as Selena Quintanilla in the upcoming series Selena: The Series . The teaser features Serratos applying lipstick and practicing her dance moves in the late Tejano singer’s iconic sparkly purple jumpsuit, while Quintanilla’s mother looks on approvingly. We watch...

Harley Quinn recruits some villainous sidekicks in a very profane trailer Harley Quinn recruits some villainous sidekicks in a very profane trailer

Before she gets her groove back in Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) , Harley Quinn will make her small screen solo debut in Harley Quinn —a rather profane and blood-happy animated series premiering exclusively on DC Universe later this month. The streamer has released a new trailer for the the original series, which boasts...

Disney+ consumed by technical issues on launch day Disney+ consumed by technical issues on launch day

There’s been ample hype feeding the launch of Disney+, the House of Mouse’s new streaming service, so much so that its servers haven’t been able to handle the influx of users amped for The Mandalorian , The Simpsons, and old episodes of Darkwing Duck . As Variety reports, social media is brimming with frustrated users who’ve been confronted by...

It’s the launch of Disney+, so here comes The Mandalorian It’s the launch of Disney+, so here comes The Mandalorian

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, November 12. All times are Eastern.Top picksThe second new streaming service of the month arrives today, and it’s a big one. While the big selling point of Apple TV+ was several high-profile, glossy original series, Disney’s is its gargantuan library . That doesn’t mean it’s not also trotting out...

ABC to stop paying attention to live ratings, giving smaller shows a chance to survive ABC to stop paying attention to live ratings, giving smaller shows a chance to survive

Here’s some potentially good news for ABC shows that don’t necessarily have the pull of a Grey’s Anatomy or a Modern Family: According to Variety, the network has decided to stop using “Live+Same Day” ratings (which means exactly what it sounds like) to judge how well a show is doing. Instead, as Fox has been doing for the last...

Jeopardy! contestant sacrifices final round for sweet tribute to Alex Trebek Jeopardy! contestant sacrifices final round for sweet tribute to Alex Trebek

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek has been undergoing treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer since earlier this year, and though it previously seemed like his cancer was “near remission,” Trebek revealed back in October that his chemotherapy treatments were making it harder and harder for him to continue hosting the show . Unsurprisingly, concerns about Trebek’s health have hung over...

E! is going back for another serving of The Soup E! is going back for another serving of The Soup

It’s been four years since Joel McHale’s The Soup went off the air, but in all that time, the nation’s celebrities still have not stopped doing dumb, mockery-worthy bullshit. So, recognizing the need for someone to be on the frontlines in the war against famous people, E! has heroically decided to announce a revival of The Soup—though it’s worth...

Language