If you grew up in the ’80s and ’90s, you are probably at least somewhat familiar with the name Lisa Frank. The artist—whose style pretty much consists of making images of everything that a 12 year old girl might hold near and dear to her heart—created neon colored depictions of adorable tigers, killer whales, dolphins, pandas, and unicorns. These images became the basis of stickers, trapper keepers, notebooks, and every other school supply you could think of (not to mention t-shirts and other apparel), becoming a huge influence on a generation of young girls. And now her electric-colored world will come to life at a movie theater near you!
That’s right: Lisa Frank’s particular brand of multi-sensory explosion is coming to your movie screens. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a live-action/animation hybrid movie based on Lisa Frank’s artwork is now in development, with Frank is partnering with Jon Shestack—who recently produced the Young Adult novel adaption Before I Fall—to produce the feature based on her cutesy candy colored world.
In a statement, Frank said “I have always wanted to do a feature film that brings the world of Lisa Frank to life. We have so much backstory on our characters and they have been alive in my imagination since the beginning.” So if you always wanted to know the reasons behind that baby tiger’s rainbow fur, or the motivations as to why that orca wanted to catch that musical note in the sky so badly, you are about to find out.
Shestack added, “Lisa Frank’s world is cheerful, it’s optimistic, it’s hip, but it is without snark. It’s just sort of impossible to scowl when you’re smiling, and why would you want to? I’m so stoked to be part of this.”
While imagine several kids will flock to see this, I also imagine a lot of folks who grew up with the world of Lisa Frank who are now adults will also plan to see this, possibly with the aid of certain substances. (Not advocating for that mind you, just being realistic here!)
Will you see the Lisa Frank movie when it hits theaters? Or is that just too much adorable rainbow cuteness for you to sit through for two hours? Let us know down below in the comments.
Images and GIFs: Lisa Frank