Paramount family division Nickelodeon Movies is set to make feature films based on the cute and highly collectible toys manufactured by Kidrobot, according to Variety. The homogeneously shaped yet heterogeneously decorated toys, which are smooth, cartoon-like action figures adorned with limited-edition designs created by well-known international artists, are to star in a series of films mixing animation and live-action. The studio will work with Kidrobot owner W!LDBRAIN, the animation studio that also produces the show Yo Gabba Gabba! for Nick Jr., and original owner/creator Paul Budnitz, who still functions as president of Kidrobot. Two years ago, when W!LDBRAIN bought stake in Kidrobot, the company's main goal was to produce TV series, feature films and direct-to-video projects involving the toys.

Unlike many toys-turned-movies, though, the Munny and Dunny (and Labbit, etc.) figures from Kidrobot have no backstory, so producer Scott Aversano (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events), who heads the Nickelodeon and MTV film labels, is seeking a screenwriter to come up with something involving kids who are somehow transported into the "edgy world" populated by the creatures. As a huge fan of Kidrobot toys (though owner of only a couple figures, which sit in random spots around my apartment), I'd prefer not to see that same old real-life kids interacting with cartoon characters angle, but I guess these films will be targeted to audiences much younger than myself. And when I was child, I enjoyed such plots in animated films featuring the Care Bears and the Smurfs, both of which seemed to initially inspire the Munny figures (at least slightly). Still, I'd like to see something more along the lines of the Kidrobot "Sprout" ad, which you can check out below.

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