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There have been various attempts at a film adaptation of the Mo Willems book series Elephant and Piggie. However, only three adaptations are known to exist, two of them known to be cancelled.

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies[]


Concept art by Mo Willems.

An animated Elephant and Piggie film was in development by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies since November 2010 with David Edgerton and Tony Anselmo as the producers, Jim Davis as the director and Stanley Peterson and Jeff Smith as the screenwriters, the movie was slated to release sometime in 2013 or 2014, but it was cancelled in 2012 due to the regime of Paramount changing in the same year.


Elephant and Piggie embark on an adventure through Letter City and search for the missing letters.


  • Filming would have begun in 2012, the same year the film was cancelled.
  • The casting for the film wasn't done. However, Jim Davis said that he had ideas of Mike Myers as Gerald and Rihanna as Piggie.

DreamWorks Animation[]

In June 2017, DreamWorks Animation acquired the rights to turn Elephant and Piggie into a CGI animated comedy family film with Cartoon Network president Betty Cohen as the executive producer. But, the film was also cancelled.

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation[]

In November 2019, Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures announced a CGI/live-action hybrid film based on the Elephant and Piggie books. Screenwriter Tim Miller has been hired to write the story for the film, which was slated to be released in the summer of 2021. In March 2022, Gordon Gilbert and Kurt Russell were in talks to produce the film with their producing partner David Brown and Nick Offerman to write the film, under their Reel FX banner.

Why They Were Cancelled[]

Most of the cancellation reasons are unknown, except that the Nickelodeon version was cancelled after the regime at Paramount (Nickelodeon's corporate sister) changed in 2012 and DreamWorks Animation released Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie instead of Elephant and Piggie.


  • The film adaptations were forever cancelled.