The dream of any young filmmaker who puts a short film online is that it’ll get noticed by Hollywood, leading to being whisked away to a life of big budgets, movie stars and sunshine. That dream exists because, on occasion, it happens. Adam Sandler‘s company Happy Madison, along with Columbia Pictures, has just acquired the rights to make a feature length version of the Internet short, Bad Toys II. Directed by French animators Daniel Brunet and Nicolas Douste, the short blends animation and live action toys into a high-octane short inspired by the insane, over the top car chases in Michael Bay movies like Bad Boys II.

After the jump, watch the short itself and read more about the feature.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Bad Toys II being adapted and say that Brunet and Douste will be co-executive producers on the feature. Here’s how they describe the adaptation:

Columbia’s big-screen version will center on a grown man reconnecting with his youthful imagination through his son’s toys, and his play turns into an homage to big-budget action films.

Here’s the short itself. It’s really fantastic, and the live action adaptation makes more sense if you watch it through its conclusion.

BAD TOYS II (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) from BAD TOYS II on Vimeo.

If you head to the film’s Facebook page, you can see a bunch of behind the scenes photos, read articles about the film being accepted in film festivals and more. Most everything is in French, though, so that’s a downside for those of us in the U.S.

I love this idea of Michael Bay meets Toy Story on the big screen, but I just hope it’s done with respect and wonder instead of the usual slapstick humor Happy Madison is known for.

Had you see the short before? Do you like it?

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