Netflix Teams with Ellen DeGeneres for ‘Green Eggs & Ham’ Animated Series

By April 30, 2015

Dr. Seuss has hit the big screen with films like How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Lorax, but now another one of the author’s classics is heading to Netflix.

Today, Netflix and Ellen DeGeneres announced that they will be collaborating on an animated series adaptation of the beloved Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs & Ham” to be released in 2018. The streaming service has ordered 13 episodes of the adaptation that will be available exclusively on the streaming service.

If you’re wondering just how Netflix and DeGeneres will stretch the relatively simple and short book into a 13-episode series, here’s the rhyming press release that offers a hint at what we can expect from the series:

We’d love to share some happy news
based on the rhymes of Dr. Seuss.
Green Eggs and Ham will become a show
and you’re among the first to know.

In this richly animated production,
a 13-episode introduction,
standoffish inventor (Guy, by name)
and Sam-I-Am of worldwide fame,
embark on a cross-country trip
that tests the limits of their friendship.
As they learn to try new things,
they find out what adventure brings.
Of course they also get to eat
that famous green and tasty treat!

Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content for Netflix
threw her quote into the mix:
“We think this will be a hit
Green Eggs and Ham is a perfect fit
for our growing slate of amazing stories
available exclusively in all Netflix territories.
You can stream it on a phone.
You can stream it on your own.
You can stream it on TV.
You can stream it globally.

In addition, an announcement video from DeGeneres on her own daytime talk show promised “cutting edge animation” which hadn’t been done for television before, so that should be interesting to see.

Adapting the book will be Jared Stern, who is scripting The LEGO Movie sequel at Warner Bros. Animation, and he will also serve as executive producer along with DeGeneres, Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin, Jeff Kleeman and Mike Karz.

With this kind of talent on board, this really should be something fun for the whole family. While Dr. Seuss has been brought to television before, it’s mostly been geared towards kids, but it sounds like this will be more along the lines of the film adaptations where adults can enjoy it too.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • mmasoria

    I love EVERYTHING Ellen does! ♡

  • Andy Spears

    whoo! This was my fav book growing up, so excited to see the new series!! Ellene rocks!

  • lily

    This is the first I am hearing of the series, and i am so excited!! I have read the book so many times and I love it! And I am well happy to hear that lovely Ellen is involved! Should be amazing! 🙂