Friday, November 6, 2009

Is This Considered a Good Idea?

Who is it out there that thinks what people want to see is classic cartoon series in live-action on the big screen? It seems that more and more old cartoon series are being given the same treatment as Scooby Doo, Garfield, and Alvin and the Chipmunks before them. With rumors swirling about involving a potential Marmaduke adaptation as well as a live-action version of Yogi Bear on the horizon, I just wonder if anyone out there really thinks these types of films are a good idea?

I can't ever remember seeing a good live-action adaptation of an old cartoon series, not one. Is it impossible? Maybe. With these very cartoony worlds, it's often very hard to translate it into a movie involving real people without making it cheesy, which unfortunately most of these type of adaptations in the past have been cheese-fests. Just look from Popeye to The Flinstones movie.

Usually they try to offset the cheesiness of these films by casting big names in the leads, like the recent rumors of Dan Akroyd playing the voice of Yogi Bear and Justin Timberlake as Boo Boo. Seriously, this just sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. I just wonder, am I alone here?

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