Today’s prompt for the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge (which I’ve done a little bit for over on Instagram and need to get back into!) is Page to screen, which is the perfect opportunity to talk about some of the fantasy stories we’d love to see adapted. I must give a shout out to Line @ First Line Reader who’s post today reminded me about this prompt!
So today I thought I’d talk about four books I’d love to see adapted – and specifically four books I’d love to see adapted into animated films or series. Let’s be honest, so often live action fantasy adaptations are let down by their CGI but, if the whole story’s animated, there’s much less chance of it aging poorly!
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
I believe there are plans for the Nevermoor series to be adapted and I imagine they’re planning to make some live action films – and if that is the case, I’d love to see Domhnall Gleeson as Jupiter North – but I think this series would be perfect material for Studio Ghibli to play with. I always find their adaptations of western fantasy so interesting – their adaptation of Howl’s Moving Castle, though very different to the book, is wonderful and, contrary to popular opinion, I liked their Earthsea adaptation – and they always do such a good job at making films that centre around little girls. The city of Nevermoor would look stunning in their animation style and I think they have such a talent for animating children, too.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
The House in the Cerulean Sea is one of those stories that’s made for an animated adaptation – even the cover looks like something from an animated film – and in my head I imagine it as one of those bright, Tim Burton-esque worlds. I think it’d really suit a stop motion animation adaptation, though! Henry Selick is one of my favourite stop motion animation directors – he directed both The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline, and I love them both – and I think all of the characters would look so good in this style. The animators could really accentuate Arthur’s long legs and his bright socks, and the whole thing would be lovely.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
I can’t be the only one out there who thinks the team behind Netflix’s Castlevania would be able to do such a cool adaptation of Gideon the Ninth, right? All the fights and the different kinds of necromancy would look so good in their animation style and, if Castlevania‘s anything to go by, they can attract some pretty great voice acting talent, too.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Hey Jess, why am I looking at a gif of a mouse? Well friends, when I was little Disney and Don Bluth were the two greats when it came to animated films. Disney were who you turned to when you wanted musicals and a guaranteed happy ending and beautiful colour, whereas classic Don Bluth was a little darker. Their classic films – such as The Secret of NIMH and The Land Before Time – made you sit with your grief. Sure, Littlefoot might eventually find the Great Valley and be reunited with his grandparents, but the fact that his mother died protecting him is never going to go away. These films understood bittersweet. Assassin’s Apprentice is one of those classic fantasy stories that never quite shakes off its gloom and, if it were possible, I think it’s a story that would really suit this kind of animation from the ’80s and ’90s, where the colours were always a little muted and sinister.