Frog and Toad are leaping from the books to television with a new series exclusively on Apple TV+. The show captures books’ illustrations and the importance of friendship quite well, judging by the recently released trailer. The series will star Disenchantment’s Nat Faxon as Frog and Kevin Michael Richardson of Teen Titans fame as Toad.
Frog and Toad will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 28th. Apple’s streaming service costs $6.99 monthly but offers a 7-day trial. Other shows and movies on the service include Severance, Tetris (review), Sharper, The After Party, Ghosted, and Fraggle Rock Rock On.
The stories were originally published in four books between 1970 and 1979. They were written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel, who passed away in 1987. The series of books remain pretty popular. I passed my set of Frog and Toad books down to my daughter. The tales of friendship will always be relevant, even as children’s entertainment slowly becomes more cynical.
As odd as it sounds, I’m glad this series is on Apple TV+ rather than Netflix. Considering the backlash targeted toward that streaming service’s other shows, I’d hate to see what Netflix would do to the wholesome Frog and Toad.
This isn’t the first time that Frog and Toad’s adventures have been adapted into an animated format. In the second half of the 1980s, John Clark Matthews directed a series of stop-motion shorts for Churchill Films. Check them out below.
How many of you still have your copies? With how flooded the children’s literature market is, I was surprised to see the books still showing up whenever the book fair happened at my kid’s school. Thankfully, there’s little modern Hollywood can do to squash the message and characters Lobel created.
What was your favorite adventure that Toad and Frog went on? Let us know below.[Source: Apple]
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