Mr. Ed the talking horse coming to big screen

Fox 2000 has picked up the film rights for the hit 1960s television sitcom about a talking palomino horse called Mister Ed. The series ran from 1961 to 1966, with viewers wondering how the horse, whose real name was Bamboo Harvester, was made to look as if he was talking. It was rumored that peanut butter and/or wires were used, although the star of the show, Alan Young, who played Wilbur, Ed’s owner, recently revealed that Bamboo Harvester had learned he was expected to move his lips whenever he (Young) stopped talking. In the show, Mister Ed only spoke when Wilbur was alone with him. Like the TV show, the film will be live action, but this time around, CGI will be used to animate the horse’s mouth.

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  1. Andrea • October 6, 2011 @ 12:28 AM

    My daughter loves horses, she’s going to be so excited about this.

  2. David • October 6, 2011 @ 10:16 AM

    Some things shouldn’t be remade. The appeal of the original was the uniqueness of the horse. They better have some good writers….and a really hot horse.

  3. Deb • October 6, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

    You’re right, David. That horse was truly unique. But there are a lot of amazing horses out there and hopefully they can find one with just as much character.

  4. Sherry Allard • October 6, 2011 @ 6:52 PM

    I am more interested on who they will get to play Wilbur?

  5. Germain • October 6, 2011 @ 6:59 PM

    They remade everything from the 80’s and a bunch from the 70’s, now reaching back to the 60’s. Isn’t there any young writers in Hollywood with original stories?

  6. Toni in Canada • October 6, 2011 @ 7:25 PM

    I think that is great news! I have fond memories of this show, as a child I used to watch it all the time
    and look forward to introducing it to my granddaughter.

  7. Nessa • October 6, 2011 @ 10:35 PM

    @ Germain

    Just so you know most movie production companies don’t make original movies any more because of the economy. Original movies now a days either make below or break even with what they spent to make it. They remake old stuff because it’s more of a guarantee to be a hit and make a profit on it.

  8. Olive • October 8, 2011 @ 10:46 PM

    @Germain If I wasn’t under 18 and in Canada I would totally pitch some of my ideas to studios. I have a million ideas and in the future I want to do that and possibly try acting.

    @Nessa “Original movies now a days either make below or break even with what they spent to make it” Tell that to Hangover, Bridesmaids,and Inception (the list goes on and on bub I just dont feel like typing that much)

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