Someone said nostalgia can be a driving force for entertainment, and I have to agree. Just take a look at all the movie reboots we’ve had recently from Independence Day, Labor Day: Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan, Ben-Hur, The Jungle Book, Independence Day: Resurgence, Finding Dory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows, to Jurassic World. Though the last installment of the dinosaur franchise was branded “not too good” by the critics, it didn’t stop it from earning a whopping $1.6 million dollars and setting a record as the fourth-highest global earner.
Recently it was Netflix turn to go on the nostalgia wagon, by making a reboot of one of my favourite cartoons growing up as a kid (See post Feeling Nostalgic). The reboot is the classic 80’s cartoon “Voltron: The Defender of the Universe.” Yay! I’m glad to report that on June 10th, Netflix in partnership with DreamWorks released the first season of Voltron: The Legendary Defender (wonder why they had to change the name though.) Anyways, it was a smashing hit. Not surprised. Old television is a way lot better than new (See post Comedy Is the In Thing).
So, I suppose Voltron’s success has us all wondering which white rabbit the studios are going to pull out of a hat next. Well, if I had my say, here are some cartoons/series, I would like a reboot of. First up is:
I want me… no, I demand a Fraggle Rock reboot! Hahaha! Fraggle Rock is a British/American/Canadian children’s live action puppet television series created by Jim Henson, about a society of Muppet creatures called Fraggles.
The colorful puppet show wasn’t only an international hit during the 1980s, but remains a much-loved favorite of 80’s and 90’s viewers to this day. Didn’t you just loved the theme song. Now that’s a classic. Remember the quote “the trashy has spoken”. Lol! Well, in this case it’s Jollyhood that has spoken. So studios make me a reboot.
“Spiderman. Spiderman. Friendly neighbourhood Spiderman”. How could they have ever let this one go? The cartoon which ran from 1994 to 1998, was centered on Spider-Man and his alter ego Peter Parker during his college years at Empire State University. It features most of Spider-Man’s classic villains, including the Kingpin, the Green Goblin, the Lizard, the Shocker, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, the Scorpion, Rhino, the Vulture, the Chameleon, and Venom. And Peter’s love interests of Mary Jane Watson, Felicia Hardy and her alter ego, the Black Cat. The show also features appearances from various other Marvel superheroes; including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Blade, Doctor Strange, the Punisher and Captain America.
Named the 84th best animated series by IGN, Spider-Man was one of the most popular TV series on Fox Kids. Its cancellation after 65 episodes was not due to ratings trouble, but due to disagreements between executive producer Avi Arad and network head Margaret Loesch. All I can say is “Someone please make me a reboot!”
This fictional anthropomorphic bear character was originally created by Welsh writer and animator Mike Young as a series of stories to help his son overcome his fear of the dark. SuperTed became a popular series of books and led to an animated series produced from 1983 to 1985. An American-produced series, The Further Adventures of SuperTed, was produced by Hanna Barbera in 1989. No way could I forget the adventures of SuperTed and Spotty and the Villain Texas Pete, not by a long shot. Hear a modern reboot of the series is currently being developed by Young. Waiting anxiously!
Don’t know why some say the cartoon was bad, maybe because the hero never faced off any super villains. Whatever, I loved it. The Thing, one of the characters from the Fantastic Four is Benjamin “Benjy” Grimm, a high school student, who can control his transformation into The Thing by using his Thing Ring. And by touching the two halves of the ring together (one on each hand) he transforms into the Thing. He goes “Ring. Ring. Do your thing.” Lol! Benjy uses his powers to rescue his friends from everyday dangers. Good enough for me. So, it’s a reboot people!
Up next is Speed Racer. Remember the theme song “Go Speed racer. Go Speed Racer. Go speed Racer. Go!” Oh, the good ole days! Speed Racer also known as Mach GoGoGo, is actually a Japanese animated franchise about automobile racing. The English rights to Mach GoGoGo were acquired by syndicator Trans-Lux, and Speed Racer premiered on American television in the fall of 1967. In the series, Speed’s full name was Go Mifune, in homage to Japanese film star Toshiro Mifune. His name, Americanized, became Speed Racer. His adventures centered on his powerful Mach 5 car, his girlfriend Trixie, his little brother Spritle (with his pet chimp Chim-Chim), and his mysterious older brother, Racer X.
There you have it folks, my series reboot. Love to see your Top Five cartoon/series reboot. Remember you can leave your comments in the comment box provided on the blog. Definitely feeling nostalgic now, perhaps I’ll play some old school songs *wink* XoXo peeps!