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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Old is the New New

     Hollywood seems to lately been reviving many sci-fi movies; Total Recall, Robocop, Conan, but another genre Hollywood has been vieing is old animation. Looney Tunes, Spongebob Squarepants (he's been on TV since I was 5 so I consider the show old), Jetsons, Mister Peabody and Sherman, and more are eying futures back on the big screen.
     Warner Brothers announced that Jenny Slate from SNL is going to pen a script for a Looney Tunes reboot. The Looney Tunes have been out of the cinema since 2003. After the disappointing returns of Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Warner Brothers decided that the Tunes were loosing their appeal. I guess that has changed; another aspect that has changed- the Tunes will not be traditionally drawn, but created with CG.
     Warner Brothers, Disney, Fox, and Universal have found success in animation, now Paramount wants to hop on board. They want to start up an animation department and release animated films on a regular basis. Arguably the most popular cartoon character of the 21st century is who they want to start this project up. Paramount wants a Spongebob Squarepants sequel for late 2014. I gave up on a Spongebob sequel after 2007, but miracles do happen. There are no details so far about the plot, but a Hasslehoff cameo is still possible. Universal also plans to start releasing multiple animated movies per year.
     Dreamworks is bringing Mister Peabody and Sherman to the screen next year. This is interesting since Peabody and Sherman isn't a Flintstones or Jetsons or Rugrats in terms of awareness, but don't doubt DWA. I'm sure many adults who grew up with them pair will enjoy taking there kids next year.
     The Jetsons, Marvin the Martian, and Tom and Jerry were planned for theatrical releases, but WB has silently pushed them aside.There is still possibility these projects will be revised. The library of old animation, from Hanna-Barbera to Disney to MGM is stocked, so I'm sure Hollywood start checking them out in the future and making every single one into a movie. Bring on the real Scooby Doo remake!

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