Tonka, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has stood for its line of toy trucks for children, will bring its toughness to the big screen in a fully-animated motion picture to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Happy Madison Productions.
The announcement was made today by Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of Production for Sony Pictures Animation, and Brian Goldner, president and CEO of Hasbro.
The film will be produced and developed by Goldner and Hasbro’s senior vice president and managing director of motion pictures, Bennett Schneir, and will be written by Fred Wolf.
The new “Tonka” project strengthens the growing ties between Sony Pictures and Hasbro, following the announcements that Sony Pictures is developing motion pictures based on Hasbro’s Risk and Candy Land brands. Candy Land is also a Happy Madison project.
Commenting on the announcement, Osher said, “In its 65 years, Tonka has become more than a toy or a brand – Tonka trucks are a rite of passage for kids all around the world. Time spent with these toys creates memories that last a lifetime as kids are inspired to play using the boundaries of their imagination. We look forward to creating a family friendly motion picture that brings the Tonka experience to life.”
Raimo-Kouyate added, “Fred and our friends at Happy Madison and Hasbro have a truly inventive take on what it means to be ‘Tonka tough’ that will translate the multi-generational appeal of this world-renowned brand into a fun animated adventure for the whole family.”
One of the most recognized brands in Hasbro’s portfolio, Tonka has been the bestselling toy truck globally since 1947.
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