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HOLLYWOOD (CAP) - The announcement that Disney pop sensations the Jonas Brothers will make their feature film debut next year in Walter The Farting Dog has other Hollywood studios scrambling to get their own farting movies into the production pipeline.
"If the Jonas Brothers are farting, it's a safe bet that the whole world will want to fart along with them," said Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Amy Pascal, who just this week green-lit the new Amanda Bynes vehicle, Fart Of The Matter.
Flatulence has long been a popular component of comedies, particularly those aimed at the teen market, but Walter The Farting Dog is one of the first to make farting a film's central plot point, and even part of the title. But even with the Jonas Brothers involved, industry insiders consider it something of a risk, given that the last teen-pop farting movie, 2001's Can You Smell The Music? starring Joey Fatone and Lance Bass of 'N Sync, wound up going straight to DVD.
And with 10-12 farting-themed movies in development at last count, some are worried about oversaturating the market. "I can't believe I'm asking this question, but can there be such a thing as too much farting?" asked one 20th Century Fox Animation executive, whose own Gasbag Bear was already delayed once to avoid competing with the next Pixar film, Amoebas. "We're banking on no."
Disney apparently feels the same way, and is even willing to "push the envelope," says Disney Studios CEO Dick Cook. According to Cook, Disney will produce at least two other bodily function films concurrent with Walter to spotlight its teen stars: Frank The Puking Tortoise starring Demi Lovato of "Camp Rock," and Ignatz The Pooping Monkey with Dylan and Cole Sprouse of TV's Zack and Cody.
"The Sprouse brothers are on board, but we're still in negotiations with the monkey," noted Cook.
Not everyone is as enthusiastic, however. Darlene Fortenski of Mothers Against Everything (MAE) classified the subject matter of films like Walter as "inappropriate," saying "I'd much rather see a movie where the Jonas Brothers were polite and made a series of good choices. It could be called, The Jonas Brothers Make Good Choices."
James Dobson, CEO of Focus on the Family, also expressed concern. "I suppose you might call it harmless fun, but surely there are more productive ways a nice, wholesome group like the Jonas Brothers could ply their craft," said Dobson. "For instance, how about a movie where they play wayward boys who are tempted to do evil, but are brought on the correct path by an Evangelical radio host who shows them the healing power of back rubs and communal bathing? I happen to have a script right here."
Then there are the lingering rumors that the Jonas Brothers don't even really exist, but are rather a fabrication created by session musicians and Disney animators. In response to the latest in a series of inquiries on that topic from CAP News, Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas said again that "we are still absolutely, positively 100 percent real people," in another prepared statement from their publicist released through Disney attorneys.
"Besides," said Disney CEO Cook, "we're pretty sure we could do this movie whether they were real or not."