Best live-action adaptation of a cartoon

Discussion in 'Movies and Television' started by QLRformer, Oct 9, 2012.

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Best live-action adaptation of a cartoon

  1. Masters of the Universe (1987)

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  2. Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991)

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  3. The Flintstones (1994)

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  4. Inspector Gadget (1999)

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  5. Transformers (2007)

    28 vote(s)
    68.3%
  6. Speed Racer (2008)

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  7. G.I. Joe (2009)

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  8. Yogi Bear (2010)

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  9. Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
  10. The Smurfs (2011)

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  1. QLRformer

    QLRformer Seeker

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    My vote goes to none else but our very own Bayformers!
    Transformers Introduction - YouTube
    Epic robots, epic voices and of course epic action!


    But to be fair, the margin was not too high; these are adaptations of cartoon shows after all, and while generally they’ve been treated seriously and realistically (but Nolanized, but close to it), some of them embrace its animated roots whole-heartedly and still came out as entertaining works. And there were some great runner-ups:


    SPEED RACER
    Speed Racer was very faithful, very nice.
    Speed Racer - Fight scene 1 - YouTube
    Best part of Speed Racer 2008 - YouTube

    But there were two issues with it:
    - People were expecting a simple racing flick, yet got a celluloid treatise on how cheating and fixing by the big companies is bad and how you should stay on your own, beyond anyone’s control. I realize that this is a family film, and that it was based on a 1960s show that was big on adventure but low on morality and this required some moral themes, but racing films should be devoted to racing and not need some exposition about defying power and authority. A racing film works best with a coming-of-age theme, or a simple rivalry theme (major themes of sport films) – in fact, the most memorable thing in the original 1960s SPEED RACER was the race with the Car Acrobat Team, his most skilled and deadly rival.

    - The Dark Knight. LOL No film had a chance against it that year.


    DRAGON BALL: THE MAGIC BEGINS
    Okay, seriously. This was an unofficial adaptation of DBZ, with names changed to avoid copyright issues. People who gave this film a chance, including me, saw that it was actually really comedic and funny, and a WAY better adaptation than what EVOLUTION attempted to be; it didn’t bother to be realistic or dark, and instead presented it as funny and wacky as DB was intended to be. These two clips prove how epic it is:
    Dragonball: The Magic Begins Part 4/9 - YouTube (Goku vs Yamcha at 03:45)
    Master Roshi's Awesome Dance - YouTube (Master Roshi’s entrance)


    INSPECTOR GADGET
    Starring Matthew Broderick (best known as Simba) as the klutzy cyborg constable. Broderick was just fine as Gadget, it was the rest of the film that was an issue...
    Inspector Gadget (1/8) - YouTube
     
  2. Aernaroth

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    Speed Racer is probably the most faithful adaptation that's ever been done. Which shows you exactly why a faithful adaptation is not necessarily a good idea.
     
  3. WTDylio

    WTDylio Where is Jessica Hyde?

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    What, no Scooby Doo? The first film was pretty good, much better than all the other options here (other than TF 2007, but I never saw it as actually being based on a particular cartoon, the 1986 movie was though)
     
  4. Liege Prime

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I would say.
     
  5. SouthtownKid

    SouthtownKid Headmaster

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    Yamato by miles and miles and miles.

    By the way, I don't know if Dragon Ball should count as an option, since it's technically an adaptation of a comic, not a cartoon (same with TMNT).
     
  6. Liege Prime

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    TMNT was a mix. It wasn't as violent or serious as the comic by miles, but wasn't as sci fi or goofy as the cartoon. So I would say it counts- none of these adaptations are carbon copies.
     
  7. smkspy

    smkspy is one nice fucking kitty

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    I enjoyed Aeon Flux the most.
     
  8. Primal1987

    Primal1987 Creator Of The OptiBrony

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    I would actually say that Revenge Of The Fallen was a better adaptation of the cartoon, than either the first or Dark Of The Moon were.

    Keep in mind that I'm NOT saying that it was the better movie, though.

    As for the choices, I'm giving this one to Speed Racer. A highly underrated movie.
     
  9. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Transformers (2007).

    I still like the movie regardless of the crappy sequels.

    Though I will give Flintstones a mention since even though the plot sucks. John Goodman is the perfect live-action Fred Flintstone.
     
  10. Haloid1177

    Haloid1177 Hey, That's Pretty Good

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    This man knows what's up.

    But since it isn't on the list, Bayformers.
     
  11. Dolza_Khyron

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    haha inspector gadget is an option?

    you know what the problem with inspector gadget?

    that stephen colbert is not inspector gadget.

    everything wrong with it starts with that. and ends with it having nothing to do with the show. Penny is basically tossed to the side, and forgotten.
     
  12. PcPrime23

    PcPrime23 Filipinooooooooooooo

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    Transformers (2007) and I sorta like the live action Scooby Doo movies.
     
  13. Rusty24

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    Transformers 2007 for sure. It hit all the right notes for me and it's one of my favorite movies (not the best movie ever, but I will watch it beginning to end any time it's on).

    The original TMNT and the CGI animated movie are second place to me because I grew up with the first two TMNT movies and the 2003 series. The first one and the animated one were my favorites.

    Say what you will about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but I enjoy that movie so much. It is a bad movie with bad acting and poor character development. However, that movie also has some really awesome action scenes. I can't think of one action sequence in this movie that wasn't entertaining. In some ways it also felt like I was playing with all my toys again.

    Speed Racer was fun, but I thought it had some tone and pacing issues. It couldn't decide whether it wanted to take itself seriously or if it wanted to be a goofy live action anime. Personally, I thought it did get a little too cheesy and I wanted it to take itself more seriously and less of the Kung Fu in slow motion and monkey throwing poop gags. I thought the race in the middle of the movie should have been the climax. It was longer, more dangerous, and more personal for Speed and Racer X than the Grand Prix. It's still a fun movie though.
     
  14. PrimesRule

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    Where is Scooby Doo?
     
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    My favs are transformers (no really lol) and tmnt. Both had 1 that sucked.
     
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    Where the fuck is the original Ninja Turtles movie? *breaks own finger*

    Transformers I suppose.
     
  17. moreprimeland

    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator

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    :lol  Gee, TF1 is winning by a landslide.

    My nephew gots lots of :lol  watching Yogi Bear.
     
  18. flamepanther

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    I voted for Yamato, but Transformers is easily my #2 for best adaptation from TV animation.

    In the same place as the Batman movies. It wasn't an adaptation of a cartoon show. ;) 

    That means DragonBall and The Smurfs should be off the list, though. Also, the Chipmunks are missing.
     
  19. mx-01 archon

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    Probably not there because it's not a cartoon adaptation, but both are based off of a comic book.

    Meanwhile, while Transformers had a comic book, it was always intended to be a cartoon as well, so it's a matter of synchronicity.
     
  20. Snarl_2289

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    Space Jam (1996)

    With that crappy list even Bayformers comes high on the list pffffff !
     

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