Director Alex Zamm (Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, the upcoming Little Rascals) was once set to make a live-action/CG hybrid Marvin the Martian movie, and in the past year was announced as the director for a similar hybrid revival of Hong Kong Phooey, with Eddie Murphy set to voice the kung-fu practicing dog of the title. The dog is accidentally and magically given the power to walk and talk, and is trained in kung fu. Naturally, he fights crime, with a cat — Spot — as his sidekick.

Marvin didn’t work out, and we don’t know exactly what the status of Hong Kong Phooey is, but Zamm has posted test footage for both movies, which you can see below. Read More »


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I was a little surprised when a solo movie vehicle for interplanetary Looney Tune zealot Marvin the Martian was announced but that was some time ago and since then, I assumed it was dying a slow death out in the cold. Not so, apparently and Alex Zamm, director of the upcoming Bevery Hills Chihuahua 2 and previously attached to a Hong Kong Phooey adaptation, has been tapped to take on directing duties.

The only one of Zamm’s movies that I’ve actually seen was Inspector Gadget 2, which he also co-wrote, and I have to say that I don’t remember it very favourably. Maybe he’s come on in leaps and bounds since then? I certainly share this love of cartoons he’s apparently indulging, and I respect his desire to elasticise some live action movies into toon territory.

It’s been so long since the Marvin movie was last talked about I’m a little surprised they’ve kept the original story premise. It’s a bad one too.

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Marvin the Martian: The Movie

Warner Bros has announced that they are developing a big screen hybrid live-action/computer animated feature film based on the classic Chuck Jones’ Tooney Tunes cartoon Marvin the Martian. No writer or director has yet been signed, but the pitch is aimed at the family demographic and will be packaged as a Christmas movie. Marvin comes to Earth to destroy Christmas but becomes trapped in a gift box. Yeah, the proposed plot for the feature seems to stray far from the original short toons which I fell in love with as a kid. It seems to me that Warner Bros took noticed the box office gross of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and searched for a property that they could use in a similar capacity. I still think they should make a Pinky and the Brain half-live-action/half-computer-animated feature.

source: Variety