This may come across as hypocritical coming from someone who’s been in Star Wars fandom for so long, but I really do not get this desire to constantly resurrect the toy-based franchises of my youth as big budget movies. First Transformers, then G.I. Joe and now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… I watched those cartoons as a kid, who my age didn’t? But I have zero interest in them now.
Yeah, I watched the new My Little Pony show for about two seconds, it was cute and all, but I lost interest pretty rapidly. And can you imagine a ‘gritty’ Pony movie? (There’s actually an awful/hilarious parody of this on Youtube somewhere, but hell if I can find it… Ah, here it is.) Even now, in the days of CGI? Ha. Yet the Ponies – and Barbie – are certainly the two biggest toy franchises I was ‘into’ as a kid. Of course, they’re also ‘for girls’ so why bother, right? (And as much as I’m just kind of WTF about this Jem movie they’re making, I really doubt I’ll actually go see it, any more than I saw those Smurf movies. Yet I also really doubt they’re going to market Jem to adult/nostalgia fans the way the more Micheal Bay-tinged stuff does.)
Look, I get the Marvel movies, even the new round of interest in DC. I get Star Wars, obviously. But the toy stuff? It just bewilders me. But toys for me as a kid were never about the official stories – it was about the stories we told with them. Hell, I’m not sure I even knew a My Little Pony cartoon existed back in the ’80s. They were ciphers – we gave them personalities and stories. (Is it any wonder fanfic is coded as such a ‘female’ activity?)
I dunno. Mostly I think I’m just sick of hearing all the fanboy bitching about whatever they changed in TMNT. Like, I’m sorry Megan Fox had too many lines for you, dude.