Disney’s getting into shape to compete with film franchises featuring pint-sized protagonists like the Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks, with a live-action/CG hybrid film featuring the studio’s own animated chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale. Commercial director Robert Rugan pitched a story to Disney and the studio went for his “updated take” on the characters, per THR. The film will be based on the Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers show that saw the chipmunks acting as private detectives in the service of other animal clients.

In addition to a whole slate of commercial work, Rugan did the ‘Wiley vs Rhodes’ short, which may be the best indicator of his ability to do a hybrid comedy such as this. Check that out below. Read More »

Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede

Jon Heder, best known for playing the title role in Napoleon Dynamite, has signed on to star in an adaptation of Bradley Denton‘s comic sci-fi novel Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede. Robert Rugan wrote the screenplay adaptation and will direct. Heder will shoot the film when he has time off from his untitled Comedy Central sitcom.

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