Gaumont reimages Laurel and Hardy

France’s Gaumont Animation is working on an animated remake of slapstick comedy legends Laurel and Hardy.

Gaumont will finance, produce and distribute the 2D 78x7mins Laurel & Hardy after optioning rights from Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation.

It is nearly 50 years since Larry Harmon Pictures and Hanna-Barbera created the last Laurel and Hardy toon series. Gaumont’s effort will target kids aged 5-8.

“I am so excited to see that one of the world’s leading animation producers recognises the special opportunity to introduce these iconic characters to a whole new audience,” said Susan Harmon, widow of Larry Harmon and president of Larry Harmon Pictures.

“The lovable Laurel and Hardy made me laugh as a child and I know they will do the same for today’s kids and hopefully for many generations to come.”

“Laurel and Hardy are without a doubt two of the worlds’ best-known icons. To be given the opportunity to re-launch this unique iconic property has been a dream of mine for many years,” added Gaumont’s managing director, Pierre Belaïsch.