Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The New Transformers Movie: Today's Cartoon

You know, I wonder what in 20 years will be re-made into a movie that will get the same reaction from twenty-somethings of that generation as Michael Bay's adaptation of "Transformers" has done for the childhood fans of the popular 80's cartoon. Who knows... maybe there will be a film version of "Barney", where instead of a purple dinosaur, the character is digitally re-designed as a dancing squirrel with rabies because the studio thinks it looks "cooler" :)

Personally, I don't understand what this fascination with recreating worn out icons of the 1980's is all about. To me, the term "retro" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to something "cheesy" that was once popular, which is now sarcastically played off as still being "cool" (like trucker hats). Old cartoon series like "Thundercats" and "GI Joe" are remembered as much for their campiness as they were for their entertainment value (to young children). And while I'm sure that this new version of "Transformers" will probably make a lot of money, I somehow get the feeling that for all of its bells and whistles, Michael Bay's more serious and realistic approach to this once popular kid's show would not be nearly as enjoyable as a big-screen adaptation by the folks at "Robot Chicken".

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