‘Candy Land,’ the Movie: It’s Real, and It’s Inspired by ‘Lord of the Rings’

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Think Frodo toting a massive bag of candy. Add in a huge King Kandy Candy Castle and you have Candy Land the movie, really a Lord of the Rings-type epic set in a world of candy, according to writer Jonathan Aibel.

While the Candy Land and Lord of the Rings connection is quite a stretch to the average Candy Land player—and NewsFeed plays plenty of Candy Land, looking forward to taking the Rainbow Trail at every opportunity—apparently the brains behind the movie don’t think so.

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“We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on,” Berger tells EW. “We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.”

Drama, we can only guess, must ensue in the Candy Cane Forest or atop Gum Drop Mountain as Princess Frostine, Lolly, Lord Licorice, and Mamma Ginger Tree (formerly known as Plumpy) play pivotal roles in the feature-length film.

Remember, Candy Land was designed for youngsters who need only to know colors. Reading and counting aren’t required here. Children—and a few thoughtful parents—move along a road through Candy Land marked with colored squares. Participants pull a card from the pile and move to the next closest corresponding color on the board. Deep stuff, really.

Maybe a coming-of-age story will surface on the changing of Gloppy the Molasses Monster’s name to Gloppy the Chocolate Monster. Oh, the places writers could take that storyline. Of course, NewsFeed hopes the Duke of Swirl finally get the due he deserves.

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