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Someone Make My Childhood Cartoons Real!

By “real,” I mean “live-action.”

Some people really aren’t fans of their favorite childhood cartoons being made into live-action representations, but I’m usually pretty excited by the whole process. Well, that is until I actually watch the film, and then I understand their disgust.

Ever since the live-action Ninja Turtles movies, I’ve wanted more and more of my favorite cartoons to be made “real.” G.I. Joe and Transformers didn’t quite cut it for me, so here’s a list of the ones I want to see made, and hopefully someone in Hollywood will read this and make something happen.

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The Eighties version of semi-awesomeness

1. Masters of the Universe

I know there has already been a live-action film made for Masters, but it definitely needs a renewal. Don’t get me wrong, Dolph Lundgren was magnificent as He-Man, and Frank Langella’s performance as Skeletor was definitely Oscar-worthy, but I’m sure there are other actors out there that could portray the characters better. Not to mention, CGI and special effects have come a long way since the ’80s, so they can definitely do some pretty badass stuff.

2. Thundercats

This is one of my favorite cartoons of all time, and I’ve wanted a live-action film made of this for years, now. It’s about time for it to happen! There were rumors of a CGI film being made years ago, but it never got off the ground. A fan-made trailer was created that looked pretty incredible and gave me a bit of hope, but it was only a fan-made trailer, nothing more. I’m hoping with all of the comic book film success and the success of the cartoon reboot that Hollywood will make the move to bring the Thundercats, Mumm-Ra, and the Mutants to life.

"Let's get dangerous!"

“Let’s get dangerous!”

3. Darkwing Duck

Thinking about this brings to mind the tragedy that was Howard the Duck, yet I still want this to happen. Just the thought of a famous actor (Sam Rockwell) decked out as Darkwing, feathers and all, makes me giddy. Not quite sure who would play Launchpad McQuack, but it needs to be some who can play “the goofball” very convincingly. But save Gizmo Duck for the sequel. Maybe even get Christopher Nolan to give it the Dark Knight treatment or maybe even give it a Mystery Men feel.

4. Voltron

People love giant robots, people love space, and people love colorful costumes. Voltron has all of that and so much more! Just like Thundercats, there have been rumors of a Voltron movie being made for years now, but so far nada. The world needs less Transformers and more Voltron, so back off Michael Bay. This one probably won’t happen for a while so I’ll have to settle for Pacific Rim to get my giant robot fix. Sigh.

What cartoons would you like to see made into a live-action film?

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Seven Psychopaths (or I’ll watch anything with Tom Waits in it)

Don’t let the title of my article fool you, I don’t think that Seven Psychopaths is going to be horrible or anything. I actually think it’s going to be quite amazing. I mean, it couldn’t have a more incredible cast.

I stumbled upon this gem as I was searching through the Coming Soon trailers on my IMDB app. The only thing I saw at first glance were the names Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken. Honestly, the studio could’ve just put Walken’s name and I would’ve been sold on this film. Oh, and it’s written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the guy who wrote and directed In Bruges. That should be enough for you, right? WRONG! They decided to add more awesomeness to it with Farrell and Rockwell. And they weren’t done yet. After I started watching the trailer, I noticed Woody Harrelson is in it as an offbeat gangster who’s dog has been stolen by Rockwell’s character. Seriously, this movie had already become one of my favorites, and I hadn’t even seen it yet. The trailer hadn’t even ended, but I was totally amped for this film. And that’s when they got me. That’s when they pulled the ace from their sleeves.

If this doesn’t get you to go see this movie, I don’t know what will. (image source: tomwaits.com)

Tom Motherflippin’ Waits is in this film.

Yes, you heard me right. Tom Motherflippin’ Waits. [Editor’s note: I don’t think that’s actually his middle name. Just a guess on my part. Hold on a sec and I’ll Google it…..nope, it’s Alan. I was wrong. Motherflippin’ sounds better though.]

That right there was the clincher. I was done. SOLD. This movie had my vote for movie of the year. As if the cast wasn’t already solid enough get me to go see it, the addition of Tom Waits just built a freakin’ adamantium box around it. Now that’s solid. [Editor’s note: Adamantium is like, the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe, for those of you who didn’t know.] And, “Why” you might ask, “does Tom Waits make this film so much better than it already was?” I can only respond by saying, “Have you seen or heard his work?!” The man is a freakin’ genius, whether it be music or film or just being awesome.

 

I’ll give you an example:

There’s also this:

[Editor’s note: This is the best clip or collection of clips that I could find on Youtube.]

Now you see why he makes the film so much better?

But I digress…I have strayed from the topic at hand: Seven Psychopaths. Here’s a synopsis of the film from Wikipedia:

“Marty (Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, “Seven Psychopaths”. Billy (Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration.

Hans (Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime: a religious man with a violent past. Charlie (Harrelson) is the psychotic gangster whose beloved dog Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie is unpredictable and extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.”

Sounds like a winner to me. There’s no way this film cannot be great. It’s definitely one I’ll be sure to see in theaters and own when it comes to Blu-ray.

So what do you think of the film? Let me know in the comments.

 

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