Gervais Strikes New Deal With Cartoon Bosses
British funnyman RICKY GERVAIS has reportedly signed a six figure contract to turn his children's book FLANIMALS into a TV cartoon. The Flanimals include HONK, GRUNDIT, MUNTY FLUMPLE, and PUDDLOFLAJ among others, some of which are virtually impossible to pronounce. And Gervais insists he was determined to think up names for the nonsensical characters which would confuse adults and enchant kids. He says, "I went mental coming up with ridiculous words for them. "But I like the idea of parents not being able to pronounce words like psquirm." Flanimals will be screened next year (07) on British TV network ITV1.