With the success of The Smurfs and Gnomeo and Juliet, studios are starting to realize just how lucrative CG films are, and have started snatching licenses to adapt left and right. One of the recently rumored adaptations is Paul Gilligan’s Pooch Cafe, which is a daily strip that follows the neurotic and crazy adventures of a dog named Poncho.
Started in January 2000 with the Copley News Syndicate, lead character Poncho isn’t exactly the kind of mutt who will “tap into his inner dog,” as his owner Chazz would prefer, but the dog adores the essentials — bacon, fire hydrants, mooching, and television — and always makes time for his many pals at the “Pooch Café,” a coffee lounge that services canines exclusively.
The Pooch CG feature is currently included in Sony Pictures Animation’s development clipboard, with veteran storyboard artist and animation director Kelly Asbury slated to helm the project. Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, who will co-produce the Pooch CG feature, has stated that they’ve been looking for a project that will fit in with Asbury’s wit and cinematic sensibility, and Pooch Cafe is exactly what they are looking for.
The current plan is for the feature to rely heavily on character based conflicts and solutions that are based on toilet-drinking and kibble munching, but will also contain slapstick elements. Pooch Cafe has yet to enter the pre-production stage, and there are no associated to the project at the moment.