Baumbach Working on DreamWorks’ Breathed Feature

Noah Baumbach
Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach, the quirky filmmaker behind indie features such as Frances Ha and The Squid and the Whale is working on a new animated feature for DreamWorks Animation, per Bleeding News. Baumbach who was one of the writers on Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, is penning a new adaptation of author Berkeley Breathed’s The Shocking Raid on Westminster, which is part of the Flawed Dogs book series.

The novel’s story follows a show dog dachshund separated from his human owner Heidy by a jealous poodle, who then leads a ragtag group of abandoned dogs to the Westminster Dog Show to reunite with his best friend and title.

Breathed, the Santa Barbara-based author/illustrator and cartoonist, is perhaps best known for his Bloom County and Opus comic-strips. In 2011, his book Mars Needs Moms was adapted into the Disney feature, directed by Simon Wells and A Wish for Wings That Work inspired a TV special, produced by Universal/Amblin in 1991. He has several other animated TV shows in development, including a CG-animated series titled Pete and Pickles for Technicolor, about a mismatched couple, based on his book.

Baumbach’s frequent collaborator Greta Gerwig is also working with the writer/director on the feature. She indicated in previous interviews that the movie might even be a musical.

Flawed Dogs

Flawed Dogs

  • AnimationFan#1

    This sounds like a cool animated movie! I cant wait! I LOVE ANIMATION!

  • AnimationFan#1

    They should get Jon Lovitz or Norm MacDonald to voice the dachshund. By looking at the drawing I can picture one of those two actors doing the voice of the main character.

  • Tracy Morris

    As well as Jim Edgar who channels singing pooches! Can’t wait for this one!!