Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday news broke that DreamWorks Animation had entered merger talks with toy-maker Hasbro. If the merger happens, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg would head the new single-family entertainment company known as DreamWorks-Hasbro. I’m surprised something like this hasn’t happened sooner as the combination seems oh-so-obvious. But Hasbro isn’t just a toy company, it has quite a few brands of its own that a company such as DreamWorks Animation could leverage into big screen computer animated features. Which movies could work under the new company? Which movies don’t we want to see from the Dreamworks-Hasbro merger? Find out after the jump.
Update: It’s entirely possible that the merger won’t happen, as Hasbo’s stock price tumbled when word of the possible merger went public. THR and Deadline both report that merger talks are off, though there is caution that talks could be revived if a different valuation of Dreamworks Animation is floated as part of the merger. We’ll still present our list below, and if talks re-open, we’ll report back.
Dreamworks-Hasbro Merger: 5 Hasbro Movies We Want to See From DreamWorks Animation
A Transformers Animated Movie
Ask any Transformers fan and they will tell you they want to see another Transformers movie which focuses on the Autobots and Decepticons and not the dumb humans and stupid humor of the Michael Bay live action film adaptations.
A GI Joe Animated Movie
Fans enjoyed the live-action adaptations but they really aren’t the GI Joe that kids of the 1980’s grew up with. It might be fun to do a computer animated GI Joe movie which would allow Joe and Cobra to use all sorts of cool unrealistic technology. And in the family realm, Joe could get back to its patriotic core and cartoony storylines without seeming as lame as it would in live action.
I’m probably going to get shit for this one, because people were angry when I included M.A.S.K. in The 20 Best Saturday Morning Cartoons of All Time. Sure the cartoon was a blatant toy commercial created by Kenner toys to take on Transformers and GI Joe, but it was pretty cool and the toys were even cooler. The show told the story of M.A.S.K. (\Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), a special task force of super-powered mask-wearing characters which employed high-tech transforming vehicles in an ongoing battle against the criminal organization V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, again: love it!).
Another one of the biggest toy fads of the 1980’s, Pound Puppies spawned an animated television series and a shoddy 1988 feature film. Not that I personally want to see a Pound Puppies movie, but I can see how one would work and how it could appeal to today’s children.
A Transformers / GI Joe Animated Movie Crossover
Hey, everyone else is doing it, why can’t Dreamworks-Hasbro get in the “Marvel-style connected universe” game? GI Joe and the Transformers have already teamed up in the comic books, and I’m sure if it was done right a big screen animated movie might be cool. Heck, why not include M.A.S.K. as well?
After the jump, see which Hasbro movies we don’t want to see from DreamWorks Animation.