9.16.2012

Brave Little Toaster: Live-Action Remake

This really has nothing to do with TMNT, as a whole. However, it does have to do with taking every single animated film imaginable, and remaking them in 3D to sell to children.

Waterman Entertainment, the people behind the live-action adaptations of Casper, Stuart Little and Alvin and the Chipmunks, are planning a live-action reboot of The Brave Little Toaster. The Brave Little Toaster, arguably, wasn't too much of a household name; while it garnered popularity, you'd probably still find people in their 20's who've never heard of it. So, why this movie? You might as well make a CG remake of The Land Before Time; at least that did well in the box office at its initial release. Now, I'm not knocking The Brave Little Toaster at all, I'm just commenting on the randomness of this endeavor. That, and with the mention of "modernizing" the talking electronics in this movie, I doubt this will ever see a theatrical release. Just look at The Christmas Story "sequel" (sequel is in quotations because if it's made almost 30 years later, but still takes place in the same period of time as the first, then it's not a sequel; it's a waste of time). Just like that movie, it wreaks of direct-to-DVD.

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  1. I agree. I'll admit, the Speed Racer remake wasn't completely awful, I feel like it did a pretty decent job of paying tribute to the show despite a few little nigglings I had about.

    Remakes of childhood shows and cartoons are generally hit or miss, and most of the misses are when you try to draw in a new crowd for a movie that is innately going to draw in the old crowd. To new viewers, Alvin and the Chipmunks is no different from that one-off movie G-Force with the talking guinea pig spies. Most of the audience is going to be worried fans of the cartoon they remember while the younger kids just watch ANOTHER talking animal movie. Who is gonna have a louder say and who is going to remember the movie better?

    My point is that if you're gonna make a turtles movie, make it for the current fans instead of trying to draw in new ones. A reboot of the turtles that is true to its core can only bring in new fans while pleasing current ones. A reboot of the turtles that makes such a radical change will only piss off longtime fans while attracting new ones. And with the turtles, how many more old fans do you think there are than new ones? The correct answer is roughly two generations.

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