Just before closing out her show on Wednesday, Ellen DeGeneres announced her plans to produce a 13-episode series based on the Dr. Seuss classic Green Eggs and Ham with Netflix. The “cutting edge animation” won’t come to television until 2018, but the news is already making waves online. I mean, c’mon… Dr. Seuss-inspired binge-watching on Netflix? Yes, please.
The streaming service fully embraced the spirit of the project with the official press release, which began with a rhyme:
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.
Of course, they used some rhyming verse to introduce a new property inspired by the work of Dr. Seuss, full name Theodor Seuss Geisel. Despite not being all that surprising, however, it’s a nice (and appropriate) way to make the announcement.
The show is being adapted by Jared Stern, whose recent story credits include Wreck-It Ralph and The Lego Movie Sequel. Stern also wrote The Internship and The Watch, but I think we can forgive him for those. Mostly.