Magazine article Variety

The Long Road to Netflix's 'Green Eggs and Ham'

Magazine article Variety

The Long Road to Netflix's 'Green Eggs and Ham'

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NETFLIX is serving up Dr. Seuss' classic book "Green Eggs and Ham" with a large helping of traditional animation. The series, created and executive produced by animation veteran Jared Stern, expands the story of the delicacy's persistent champion Sam I Am and picky eater Guy Am I as they go on a road trip to rescue an endangered creature from a zoo, learning about hope, trust and friendship along the way.

The process of bringing the book to Netflix was a long one, with Stern dedicated to ensuring the production stayed true to the look and spirit of Theodor Geisel's 1960 story while giving the series a feature-film quality with hand-drawn animation.

"There were four years of actual production. That was intentional, and that's about normal for the quality of animation that we were aspiring to," Stern says. "A typical animated film can take close to three to four years for generally an hour and a half of content. We have, I believe, around five and a half hours of content that we were trying to do at the level of a hand-drawn animated feature in that same amount of time."

When Stern was approached about adapting "Green Eggs and Ham," he remembered it as a childhood favorite but wondered how to expand it. He began by rereading the book. "I started flipping through, and I go, 'OK, it's an odd-couple story, right?' It's a classic mismatched buddy thing: grumpy guy who's closed off, silly guy who's open and pushy But not only that, it's a road trip, because he won't eat them here, and he won't eat them there; he won't eat them in a car, in a boat, in a train. …

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