Kenneth Grahame's classic tale The Wind in the Willows is to get a Weta makeover.
Filming on the $30 million production is set to begin in New Zealand this year and is due for release in 2012, the Dominion Post reported.
A Weta Workshops spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that it was making animatronic puppets - lifelike robots - for the production.
"It's a very exciting project to be working on," she said.
The movie will use both live action and animatronics to create the well-loved characters of Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad.
RG Entertainment head Ray Griggs is directing the film after independently raising the funds through private investors.