By Jeff Labrecque
April 29, 2009 at 04:33 PM EDT

Ricky Gervais’s children-book series, Flanimals, will soon literally pop off the page, according to Variety. Universal-based Illumination Entertainment will create a 3-D animated feature based on Gervais’ four-volume series about a world of ugly but adorable creatures.

Gervais will voice a pudgy, perspiring purple creature, who goes on a mission to change the world, and the script will be written by Matt Selman (The Simpsons). “It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change,” Gervais said. “A real stretch.”