My children and I have been delighted by how often we encounter Ben Hatke’s graphic novel, Zita the Spacegirl: in libraries, book stores, doctor’s offices, friends’ homes. It is obviously a big hit, and its new sequel, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, which features a great story and even finer artwork, is bound to be a hit too.
So…what the world needs now is an animated Zita film.With the caveat that it cannot be clay animation or computer animated, but Ben’s drawings brought to life. The Zita books were made for animation; heck, even on the page they are so lively that they seem to move.
If you need further convincing, just look at the trailer, composed of still images, for the latest Zita book; it is not too hard to imagine this as animation: