While Power Rangers is go-going to the top of the box office and into a six-year franchise, we’re left wondering what other beloved shows could be morphing their way to the big screen. And could the success of Power Rangers signal the adaptation of similarly kitschy team-centric shows — often from our Saturday morning lineup?
Here are a few properties ripe for adaptation that have been floundering in development hell, but may get the kickstart they need after Power Rangers’ box office success.
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Steve Cuts has created Where Are They Now?, a six minute animated short film which shows the sad lives of our favorite cartoon characters who are “facing reality long after their heyday prime.” The short starts off showing what has become of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica, but it also features many other cartoon characters from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, including characters from He-man, Donald Duck, The Smurfs, Super Mario, Thundercats, Carebears and many more. The short is funny but also very sad — I’ve always wished we would see a Who Framed Roger Rabbit sequel which would show us what became of all of our beloved childhood cartoon characters (but I never imagined it could have gotten this bad). Watch the Where Are They Now short film embedded after the jump.
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Much like the old school VH1 TV show, Gallery 1988 is having the best week ever. Their Melrose location currently has the amazing Return of the Great Showdowns exhibit on the walls and this coming Friday, September 28, their Venice location opens an insanely clever and cool exhibit by popular pop artists Tom Whalen and Dave Perillo.
The show is called Around the World In An ’80s Daze and is comprised of travel posters for locations from famous ’80s films and TV shows. Stuff like The Terminator, Caddyshack, Vacation, A Nightmare on Elm Street or Thundercats. Opening 7 p.m. September 28 at Gallery 1988 Venice, Around the World In An ’80s Daze remains on display through October 20.
While each artist has already revealed a few posters to tease the fans, /Film is proud to debut three new posters each for this super exciting show. Check them out after the jump. Read More »
Over the past couple months we’ve started to hear bits and pieces about the new Thundercats series that will soon run on the Cartoon Network. The basic designs look pretty good — changed a bit, updated a bit, but still the same characters. And while I’ve never had nostalgia for the show, some of the details that are starting to trickle out suggest that the show isn’t just a nostalgia grab, but an attempt to really build a new story out of the goofy old characters and concept. If anyone is going to revive an ’80s cartoon, this might be the way to do it. Footage of the new version was shown at WonderCon this weekend, and you can watch the two-minute clip below. Read More »
The Thundercats are coming back to the small screen later this year courtesy of Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. And though the big screen adaptation of Thundercats is currently dead, its brand new cartoon series is sure to breath life into the franchise. Up until now, we’ve only seen one choice image of the group, but a trailer recently aired during the network’s Hall of Games Awards that gives a much better idea of what fans can expect. Check it out below. Read More »
Five years ago, Warner Brothers was thinking of taking the cult 1980s cartoon series Thundercats and developing it for the big screen. They had a director, a script and everything. But now it’s 2011 and while there’s a brand new Thundercats television series coming soon, the movie never saw the light of day. There’s evidence a lot of work was done on the project though. Movieline released some concept art from the abandoned film in 2009 and now Flixist has now found some footage that looks just like those images. Connecting the dots, it seems like this is test footage from the Thundercats movie that will never be. Thundercats fans are going to want to check this out. And you can, after the jump. Read More »
Here’s one tailor-made for those susceptible to nostalgia. While plans for a Thundercats feature haven’t gone anywhere in a while, Warner Bros animation is putting together an anime-influenced take on the old show for broadcast on TV. A lousy image leaked out yesterday, but now there’s an official look at the characters straight from the studio.
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When word got out that Cartoon Network would be reimagining the classic 1980s cartoon Thundercats in 2011, fans were simultaneously excited and nervous. The excitement centered on the reality of seeing new adventures with characters like Lion-O, Panthro, Cheetara and Tygra. But the word “reimagining” raises huge red flags. What exactly does it mean? Well one of the show’s producers, Michael Jelenic, released a few small details that should ease fan trepidations. Read all about it after the break. Read More »
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Warner Bros. Animation has announced they have begun production on a new ThunderCats animated series for Cartoon Network. Strangely, this comes only a few days after we learned that 56-year-old Stephen Perry, who wrote for the 1980s cartoon series, was found murdered. I remember loving the Thundercats as a kid, and there was constant talks and rumors of a live-action big screen adaptation in recent years. Check out the first concept image and press release, after the jump.
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The Autumn Society is holding The 80s POP! art show which will feature a collection of artwork inspired by movies, cartoons, and video games from the amazing and imaginary era of the 1980s. From Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, Mario Bros, and many others, this show is bound to delight and spark great memories from this magical time, filled with memorabilia, long haired superheroes, and candy colored good times.
80s Pop! will premiere on Friday, June 5th, starting at 6pm. The show will feature 65 original pieces of artwork and a visit from The Philadelphia Ghostbusters in full suit and with unlicensed nuclear accelerators! I’ve included some of the art (some of which has been featured in past Cool Stuff and Page 2 columns on the site) after the jump.
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