As you already might have noticed I love 80s toons. (I grew up with them, so they hold a dear place in my heart.) We got Transformers and GI Joe. (Both had their flaws, but I'm not going to get into that here.) I'm just going to call forth a couple of 80s toons that could be kickass Live Action Movies.
10- Robotech: The Macross Saga
The first mature animated series that dealt with an Alien invasion and humanity's struggles to defend Earth from the Zentraedi threat. There's enough material there for 3 films. (not counting material from Robotech: The Masters or Robotech: The Next Generation). There are some rumors that Tobey Maguire (as in Spider-man, Tobey Maguire) is involved in bringing Robotech to live action.
Mobile Armored Strike Kommand or M.A.S.K. A team of crimefighters/special unit with kickass super-powered vehicles fighting the evil V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) Now this is the movie that Michael Bay should've directed instead of Transformers. Mega suped up Cars, explosions, helicopters, possible use of armies...
Ah, Dino Riders. Jurassic Park meets Star Wars. Need I say more? A battle between peace-loving aliens and war mongering aliens using prehistoric Earth animals... Dinosaurs with Big Freaking Lasers...
Man and Machine... Power Extreme! This lands in borderline Ironman rip-off, but the potential for a cool blockbuster action movie is there. A cyborg terrorist bent over on taking the world vs. a trio of exo-suit warriors determined to stop him. Land, Sea, and Air action.
6- Voltron: Defender of the Universe
There were talks about a Live Action Voltron, written by Justin Marks (The guy behind the "fantastic" script of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li.) Hopefully the suits involved in the production of Voltron will not use Justin Marks' script. If we're going to do movies with giant Mechas, we have to have Voltron. (since he's the token giant mecha from the 80s. the 70s is Mazinger Z's turf.)
I'm not talking about the Disney Gerbil movie that I almost watched thinking that it was a Live Action Adaptation of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, or Battle of The Planets. There are two reasons why I'm chooseing G-Force rather than Battle of the Planets.
-G-force is the second attempt to translate and adapt Science Ninja Team Gatchaman for Western Audiences. The first was Battle of The Planets (1978) This second attempt was in the 80s, so I can choose it to be on my list.
-G-Force is more faithful to SNT Gatchaman than Battle of the Planets.
There is a CGI Gatchaman movie coming for 2011, might be cool, but This one would be awesome to see as a Live Action movie.
4-Jem and the Holograms
Ah Jem, she was Truly Outrageous! Way before the age of Hannah Montana there was JEM.
Jerrica Benton + Holographic Machine (Synergy) = JEM. Action, Adventure, Romance, Mild Superhero-esque Drama, Jem has it all... Also it was one of the few "Girl" shows of the 80s that I could watch... and the only one that was a cartoon and did not involve He-Man's Sister... If they ever make a Jem movie, I hope that Miley Cyrus does NOT play Jerrica or Jem.
Partly CGI, Partly Live Action would be the only way to go with SilverHawks. Space bird themed policemen that share many similarities to Thundercats would be really awesome to have on the... silver screen.
Let's see cat people fighting evil antropomorphic animals and a mummy. This movie should be made in a stylized way because I wouldn't want the Thundercats to look like extras from CATS. The Hero, Lion-O was Literally a 10 year old in the body of an Adult... That is his charm. Hopefully this will get made someday.
1-He-Man and The Masters of the Universe
The list wouldn't be complete if I didn't place He-Man on it. I love He-Man and its about time we get a Masters of The Universe Movie that is Actually Masters of the Universe, not Jack Kirby's Fourth World with He-Man and the MOTU names/characters sprinkled in between.
Now for the ten 80s cartoons that should NEVER become movies.
10- Captain N: The Game Master
Not only it was an ad for Nintendo games; it was a bad one. The people behind the toon didn't sdeem to care about the characters in the show vs the characters in the game. Also this is the second attempt at making the Power Glove look cool. I'm sorry little jerk from The Wizard... The Power Glove is NOT cool.
Teen turns into his car and is now a crimefighter. Since it's a teen that turns into a car, the car can speak... Is it me or do I smell a KITT knockoff? This could work as a comedy, the raunchy type of course. Transforming from Teen to Car and vice-versa on the most awkward moments. Thanks but I'll pass...
Out of all of the Toon to Live Action movies, This one could be the easiest. It has Mr. T as THE main character. That should be awesome enough, but I fear that it wouldn't work to bring in the masses. It's Mr. T running around with teenagers solving mysteries... Not even my love for Mr. T would make me want to watch this.
7-Rubik, the Amazing Cube
A movie based on a TV show Based on Rubik's Cube? NO! It shouldn't be done, but there's talks about a Candy Land and Stretch Armstrong movies. So this could happen even though it shouldn't. I don't know what is worth, that we had a cartoon about Rubik's cube or that Menudo (or some menudo sound alikes) sang the Theme Song.
The Problem with Pole Position is that most of the amazing stuff that the cars did kinda can be done now and the rest is just a M.A.S.K. knockoff. Also the Mystery solving teens theme works on TV, but not so well in movies. Also the amount of Pole Position puns that can be made. This is LOOSELY based on the videogame with the same name... (emphasis on Loosely.)
5- (New Adventures of)Jonny Quest
Jonny Quest is awesome. Race Banon oozes pure awesomeness. Why wouldn't I want a Jonny Quest movie? Hardrock comes to mind in the category Things that Ruined Jonny Quest. I also fear that Hadji would lose his magical Sim, sim, salabim powers.
for the very same reasons this joke was made.
4- The Jetsons
Yes, they were originally made in the 60s, but they had various episodes made in the 80s. Why the Jetsons should never see the light of day? The Flintstones live action movies come to mind... and the possibility of having Ray Romano as George Jetson. not Everybody loves Raymond.
I still don't know if Gargamel wants to make gold or eat the Smurfs. That's really smurfed up. There are rumors of a Smurfs movie and I fear that it'll be on modern times. If that rumor is true then there's another reason why Hollywood should stop smurfing up movies trying to leave their smurfing mark on them. The medieval orld of the Smurfs can work, but only if they treat the source with respect. Would I see it on the theatres, no. maybe on FX or Cartoon Network... If they do it on medieval times,not Smurfs on 21st century Earth.
New Texas Sheriff Bravestarr, with Thirty/Thirty are cleaning up town, but This team dynamic might be affected by the disdain for antropomorphic animals in live action that many movie goers/excecs have. Would it be awesome? yes. Would I see it? Most likely, unless they try to make it more cool/hip, which would mean sticking to self-deprecating humor and low borw jokes, a la Bayformers...
The intro says it all. Kids meet alien dinos, alien Dinos use kids as their liasons with Earth while they battle evil alien dinos. But Hollywood would take the Transformers approach and focus on the kids instead of the Dinos.