Submitted by JL 1610d ago | opinion piece

10 Cartoons That Should Be Made Into Movies

This week sees the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Now, Transformers started out as toys, but for me (and so many others) it was the cartoon that really got me into them. After all, that’s what the show was made for: to make the Transformers popular so that they could sell the toys. (Culture)

Crazay  +   1611d ago
Morning JL - Nice list but I can't agree with all of it. Tom and Jerry was my most loathed of cartoons when I was growing up. I would have rathered JEM was on instead cause at least they were "Truly Outrageous" and they rocked it with their guitars.

I do love the idea of a Live Action Voltron or even Thundercats.
JL  +   1611d ago
Well then I have to regretfully inform you that you're wrong :D

Tom and Jerry was awesome. And to point out, I would love a Thundercats movie, but I think it would most likely be crap if they made it live-action. Voltron on the other hand, though, would be awesome going live-action/CGI like Transformers.
darklordzor  +   1610d ago
Thundercats would be greatness, though in live action it wouldn't work. Have to go the Final Fantasy route, but it'd still be cool.
Defectiv3_Detectiv3  +   1610d ago
I think I've posted this before but whatever, it's relevant. Some test footage from a proposed CG Thundercats movie.

Yi-Long  +   1610d ago
I'm adding Samurai Pizza Cats....
... cause just imagine a japanese CGI big adventure with these old guys again! It would be awesome! They were so much cooler than the Turtles!

Other cartoons that should be made into a movie:

- Nils Holgersson. That cartoon was so magical, so imagine Pixar or Ghibli taking a crack at it in an epic adventure!?

- M.A.S.K. How this isn't in the list yet, I don't know, but I'll be hunting down those responsible...
Great saturday-morning cartoon, and although I have no idea how it would work in a live-action movie, and only a slight idea how it could work in a CGI-movie, I still feel it deserves a mention!

- Harlem Globetrotters. It could work as live-action (fake) documentary.

- Dr Slump could work as a zany japanese movie.
MuleKick  +   1610d ago
Well, what about a Thundercats done the way Avatar was made? Zoe Saldana as Neytiri was awesome!!! They could do it almost the same way.
darklordzor  +   1610d ago
Not a shabby list overall, but on the whole just about all of these would have to remain in cartoon form. Only a could would really transition into live action decently enough.

Daria would be interesting...I suppose, but I think Juno is about as close as we should get to it, and hell yes to Pirates of Dark Water! I loved that cartoon. Hell it's still on Boomerang occasionally and I still watch the crap out of it.

I'm going to throw out these as well:

Thundaar The Barbarian

Gosh, I know there's another one on the tip of my tongue but I can't think of it!
artsaber  +   1610d ago
Thundaar the Barbarian would be great
Who doesn't love Ookla the Mok? But a ThunderCats movie could be epic. I would love to see it done right, I still like this fan made trailer:

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JL  +   1610d ago
Actually I'm thinking only 4.5 of them in cartoon form: Tom and Jerry has to be cartoon as well as Woody. Thundercats has to be cartoon/CGI. And Darkwing Duck has to be cartoon.

The rest can be live action (of course with CGI mixed in a la Transformers, etc). Even animaniacs could do a hybrid style a la Roger Rabbit.
darklordzor  +   1609d ago
Roger Rabbit style would actually be the best way to do Animaniacs. Since all of their antics take place in the real world WB studios, that would be perfect!
-MD-  +   1610d ago
Tom and Jerry would bring in the $$ I'm sure but making it PG-13 with the more subtle adult jokes the series had early on might be a shot in the foot as far as money goes.

Animated movies geared towards older kids/adults don't really perform well do they? I'm thinking of Rango as a recent examble.

Although I'm sure if they made it a movie like the originals my dad would go nuts over it.
Soldierone  +   1610d ago
I think it would depend really. If its using the jokes that made the classic serious so awesome, then I see it doing well. I mean look at all the restrictions these groups are putting on children's shows, and you see why they suck so bad.

However they could let cartoon characters smoke cigars, or do stuff they are not allowed to do on TV in the movie and parents will see it as "well i watched that as a kid, who cares" and take their kids anyways.

just look at how Cartoon Network has been saying "to hell with it" with all their new shows. Its been paying off, they have a ton of new viewers mostly of an older teen audience.
alycakes  +   1610d ago
Maybe cartoons should just stay cartoons and I loved Tom and Jerry! My favorite was Mighty Mouse if and when they showed it. They need to leave some decent cartoons just as they are for the kids to watch....they can't all be movies but if I had to pick one I think I'd like to see The Pirates of Dark Water.
Defectiv3_Detectiv3  +   1610d ago
My favorite cartoon to watch when I was younger was Mighty Max, but I doubt anybody remembers that one. I also had a soft spot for Gargoyles.
JL  +   1610d ago
Don't remember the show really, but do remember the toy line. And seems like I remember a game as well.
Sahil  +   1609d ago
does anyone of you remember SWAT KATS.. man i spent my childhood watching it,, glorious years!!!
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Soldierone  +   1610d ago
Dark Wing Duck was awesome! I'm not entirely sure if a movie would do well or not? It might make a few bucks, but it wouldn't be anything big. The only way I see it happening is if they wanted to bring the series back....and that would be AWESOME!

Voltron has to be sitting on someones desk right now. There is no way it isn't. Its a matter of "go for it" now, I just don't see how its being passed up so easily. maybe they are letting Transformers die off or something I don't know. With the CGI of today, I just can't imagine that not seeing the light of day at all. I mean we got Speed Racer for crying out loud.

Animaniacs in the style of Looney Tunes? I'm game.
JL  +   1610d ago
Darkwing Duck coming back would be awesome. I think it could do fairly well too if marketed properly and all that.

And yes Voltron is sitting on someone's desk right now. And has been for years. The problem, I believe, is licensing issues and all that kind of stuff.
Sahil  +   1610d ago
Tom and Jerry, Will ferrell - Tom and Steve Carell - Jerry :)
Defectiv3_Detectiv3  +   1610d ago
Now that you mention it I couldn't see it being done any other way.
Soldierone  +   1609d ago
Its better when Tom and Jerry don't talk lol. Once they had that movie where they started talking I lost a bunch of interest in them.

its the dog and other side characters that talk and make things more funny. :P
JL  +   1609d ago
I have to agree. I preferred them when they didn't talk. Of course, just not sure how well a feature film would do when the two main characters don't talk.
maniacmayhem  +   1610d ago
That list was okay, there were a couple of good choices but a lot of obvious picks and a few hell no's.

here's mine....


Spiral Zone

Bionic Six


Turbo Teen

Space Ace
hotrider12  +   1610d ago
BRAVESTAR??? nahhhh,Tom an Jerry??? nahhhh the late 1930's-40's Tom and Jerry YES!! 70's,80's T&J hell no. darkwing duck maybe.animaniac FK no,HE-MAN?? if done COORRECCTLY this time. woody wood hecker SUPER FK noooo!! THUNDERCATS??? if the original voice-over for lion-o,panthro,cheetra,tygra,w illy kat,willy kit, snarf is involve it'll be the BOMB!!!!
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JL  +   1610d ago
Yes, it would absolutely have to be the classic Tom and Jerry style. Not the bastardized Tom and Jerry.

As for Thundercats and the original cast: considering half of them are dead and the rest are in their 60s or 70s...no way!
Shackdaddy836  +   1610d ago
No one wants Heman? Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeman!!!

I want a mother fckin Smurfs movie...
JL  +   1610d ago
I put He-Man on the list. But it would need to be done right this time, not like the 80s movie.

Also, you realize there is a Smurfs movie coming out this year? Looks stupid, though.
Legion  +   1610d ago
Johnny Quest
Wacky Races
Dexter's Laboratory
Inch High Private Eye
The Quick Draw McGraw Show
Family Guy
King of the Hill
Afro Samurai
Battle of the Planets (G-Force,Gatchaman)

Honorable mention: Pinky and the Brain, Death Note, Dungeons & Dragons (animated series), Hong Kong Phooey, Teen Titans, Samurai Jack

The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Pinky and the Brain, and Hong Kong Phooey being the hardest to pull off Live Action.
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hotrider12  +   1603d ago
would love to see the HERCULOIDS live. gloop an gleep stretching!!! ZOK firing lazer beams out of his eyes. and IGOO the rock APE crushing stuff along with TUNDRO SHOOTING ENERGY ROCKS from cannon horn head.

Johnny QUEST was and still my favorite childhood cartoon
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