Having found success on the small screen with the popular animated preschool series The Wonder Pets!, New York-based toon studio Little Airplane is reportedly looking to take on the big screen. According to Daily Variety, the company is expanding into feature films.
Three pics in development include one completely animated project, one live-action film, and one that combines the two. The movies will be produced under the Little Airplane Films banner, lead by head of production Tom Brown. Brown is one of about 70 core employees housed in a converted 200-year-old granary in South Street Seaport. The company also produces 3rd & Bird, a new animated preschool series that airs during preschool programming block CBeebies in the U.K. Other credits for the cartoon shop include Noggin’s Oobi and Disney Channel’s Go Baby.
Little Airplane became the subject of some negative attention recently when the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM, filed unfair labor charges against the company. However, the issue was quickly resolved and the musicians are back to work on more episodes of the operatic Wonder Pets!