Film This Chick Stuff! Part Two: Film It!

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Film This Chick Stuff! Part Two: Film It!

Will these geek girl movies ever get made? Maybe. Possibly. Perhaps not.

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And much like Yogi Bear and the Smurfs, a live action "My Little Pony" would be unavoidably terrible.

Off topic: My mom has a few of her Barbie & Ken dolls from when she was a kid in the 60s, and they totally have knees!

Also off topic: War-fighting and stuff-building are two of my favorite things!

The funny thing is that, as a dude, I would totally watch a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie.

And then I remember Daughters of the Dragon (if you haven't heard of them, fix that) and think of how awesome it would be to see Rachel McAdams as Colleen and Zoe Saldana as Misty Knight. :D

There's definitely a horse/unicorn theme running through these...I guess cats and dogs are more lovable, but they're a tad harder to ride...

I a completely Heterosexual male, would watch me the shit out of a She-ra movie long before I went to see a He-man movie.

JuggernautFox:
The funny thing is that, as a dude, I would totally watch a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie.

I'm wondering who WOULDN'T totally watch a Carmen Sandiego movie. :D

You ask "why there hasn't been a "lady equivalent" to Transformers or G.I. Joe on the big screen as of yet", but don't you think that Harry Potter, and The Golden Compass are examples of female geekdom? Not to mention Twilight... I mean, I know boys do read them too, but at my school, they were definately more of a girl thing.
Although I loved My Little Pony and Sylvanian Families as a child, I have no desire to see them on the big screen... when girls grow up, they replace these "cute characters" with REAL cuteness; ie, pets or babies. And boys replace toy robots with real cars or motorbikes or video game simulations :-)
p.s: every other example on your list made me feel ill and embarrassed to be a woman. The characters in that 'Sailor Moon' especially makes me want to vomit or kick something.

One thing we didn't bring up during the thread last week, there actually was an animated Wonder Woman movie released by Bruce Timm's studio last year. That movie was actually quite excellent, easily one of the best of the direct to video DC Universe movies the studio has been putting out for the past few years. Unfortunately it sold poorly enough that the producers decided they can't profitably do any more animated films based around female characters. I know Bob didn't include it in his final list, just noting it for curiosity.

A Sailor Moon movie...Hmm...

Who the hell would play Tuxedo Mask?!

I love Sailor Moon but I don't think it works well in live action, as much as Japan likes to try. And Barbie has had her own movies, made by Mainframe (sound familiar?), though they were all direct-to-DVD. The thing that hinders live-action Barbie is that the only direction I could see the franchise going is the stereotype rom-com. After all, how many other movies outside of fairy tails have someone as Prince Charming archetype as Ken?

I didn't really get into any other girl's media except Carebears, which isn't on the list.

Onyx Oblivion:
A Sailor Moon movie...Hmm...

Who the hell would play Tuxedo Mask?!

You know who they've already thought of. One of two people. Both from the same film. Don't give them ideas.

My Little Pony:

But Jem would be truly, truly, truly OUTRAGEOUS!

Okay, I watched that "Sylvanian Families" ad, and man that's some weird Uncanny Valley style creepy there.

Kinda surprised Powerpuff Girls wasn't mentioned but really, if you pasted the title Powerpuff Girls over the Sailor Moon bit, you would be...well, not completely wrong. I think another point against PPG is that it was accessible to boys (though few would admit it).

Hell, I'm a boy and I liked it. It was fun! They parodied other heroes, had imaginative villains (like the alien broccoli) and...relevant third thing!

My first thought when reading the last part was Jem.

Why?

Because unlike a lot of the other girl shows it's the one that fits a more realistic style the most.

My little Pony lacks humans, Care Bears lack humans, Strawberry Shortcake is a kid, so is the color girl.

But if you need ideas for girls shows:

Watch robot Chicken

That show is a trip down nostalgia lane

All of those girl show are from the eighties... =/
Why is all the nostalgia focus on that time period? Nineties kids are in or nearing their twenties, is that not old enough to be nostalgic?

Nope. 90s babies haven't gotten themselves solid careers with good, steady pay. (Good for you if you're 20 and totally set. I'm speaking about the majority here.) We are 10 years away from 90s nostalgia becoming prominent though. Maybe they'll make a Pokemon movie or something. *smirk*

I would see a Jem movie on opening night. I loved Jem when it was embarrassing to do so. Japan made a hyper version of Jem called Bubble Gum Crisis about a girl named Priss that gets in a metal armored suit and blows shit up when she's done singing. Yeah, yeah I know, Blade Runner, but when the singing chick started putting on armor my heart went "Yay, Jem!"

I wish I were a hotshot movie executive so I could green light Jem right now.

I actually remember watching a lot of Rainbow Brite with my sister (...We only had one television...)

Nevertheless, I would watch the Shit out of a Rainbow Brite Movie. The only way it would be awesome is if you wrote it without all the atypical teenage girl cliches, but adopted a sort of "Star Wars" kind of style to it: Girl with no real unique ability becomes a legendary guardian of color, something like that.

It's the only way you could make it worth watching.

Ninja'd so many times, yeah, Robot Chicken. Then again, they have predicted a few toy themed movies that are actually being made in to real movies, so maybe we will see these.

I'm male and I'd go see a Jem movie. It's got all the superspy/industrial espionage ingredients for a cool action film and an interesting and challenging setup for a drama if taken down a more realistic channel. All with a well-developed and sympathetic protagonist.

Also, the girls home and super-computer draw some interesting similarities to the X-Men. Protecting gifted youngsters with a troubled past? That's a great setup right there. This franchise has tons of potential to appeal to all genders.

Stiffkittin:
I'm male and I'd go see a Jem movie. It's got all the superspy/industrial espionage ingredients for a cool action film and an interesting and challenging setup for a drama if taken down a more realistic channel. All with a well-developed and sympathetic protagonist.

Also, the girls home and super-computer draw some interesting similarities to the X-Men. Protecting gifted youngsters with a troubled past? That's a great setup right there. This franchise has tons of potential to appeal to all genders.

I'm male and if the pitch to the Jem movie was how Bob made it (what if Hannah Montana is Batman?) then I'd be all over it as well.

You know, the problem here, I think, is that Hollywood still has issues coming up with nice female characters. That problem's only gonna get aggravated if it's done on a franchise made in the eighties and targeting young girls - the characters aren't going to be very well developed to begin with, so the moviemakers have more room to keep them lame by claiming they are sticking to the source material. Although child characters don't have this problem and there are plenty.

Hmmmm... A Rainbow Brite movie? I thought Rainbow Brite was a brand of sponges up to this day.

Jjkaybomb:
All of those girl show are from the eighties... =/
Why is all the nostalgia focus on that time period? Nineties kids are in or nearing their twenties, is that not old enough to be nostalgic?

Not yet, sorry. I am just starting to accept that I am old enough to have nostalgia about my childhood in the 80s. I am no where near old enough to accept that the 90s are long enough ago to be nostalgic about!

Besides, Sailor Moon was huge when my eldest was a kid and she is 19, so you get that and nothing more!

I met my husband in 1992. There is lots to be nostalgic about from the 90s!

Shoggoth2588:
and...relevant third thing!

I too sometimes have problems with that MIA third thing. The scallywag! ;)

On the Barbies, there will never be a Hollywood version of that since Hasbro has an in house team. That they make money off of without having anyone mess with there formula. That is why there is tons of god awful movies(both direct to DVD and VHS) that are what girl imagine when they play with them. It isn't as bad as the Skydancer movies, but it could be better.

I do agree there is the potential for good in many suggested. Though I don't think we will every get something more then a redone commercial on most because what made them great was finite. Take for example Carmen Sandiego was a great game as well as character when little is shown and without any chance of the internet. Where memory was key to beat Carmen Sandiego. When they did try to bring it out for a bigger audience with a game show. When they tried to do a movie I believe it just only got toss midway(I believe but may be wrong) and turned into a game for a planetarium. Simply because Carmen Sandiego could not work out of a quiz game/show.

That is the problem with most of toys are. Now when that idea is embraced you will get something along the idea of G.I.Joe The Rise of Cobra. When it isn't embraced you will get Transformer movie. So unless there is a way to market the toy by embracing what it is, it won't happen.

Even so it may be that most of the people on the Hollywood side may not want to get on board because of how Bratz the Movie( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804452/ ) did. Which is a movie based on the Bratz toys which should of made money because it was relevant to the girls. This is when Bratz toys were beating Barbie sales 2 to 1. Now a days I don't seem to see them in the toy self. Which may give more evidence to a lot of girl toys having a finite life span or anything outside of the toy aisle.

This may be because of a lot of what made Barbies popular toys for girls is the same reason why they are into shows like Grey Anatomy or soap opera. That what makes for a good toy as a child ends up making a good industry when older. I think it is the only reason why Soap Operas have expanded into other things so easily. With Battlestar Galatica an example of this.

None of this stuff looks bad. All of it would have to be updated in one way or another for live-action, and the only problem there is the huge potential for them to get it wrong, even with an almost straight adaptation of the storyline (see The Last Airbender).

And of course I totally support a Sailor Moon movie.

Interesting list. I'm somewhat surprised I knew as many of the brands and characters as I did.

More importantly though Bob's throw away line about a Carmen SanDiego movie has officially got me excited. Hollywood, please get on that because I would be first in line for that movie.

Wanna make a million dollars?
Make a Jem movie WITH Lady Gaga in the title role.
BAM.

First things first. There is a japanese live action Sailor Moon tv show/movie. Even without the awful Japanesiness of it (Cat hand puppet!) the idea behind it would be very difficult to bring about. If it was based more on the manga then I could see it working a bit more since the tv show was so formulatic.

And Second. If Strawberry Shortcake was a real person in a real place, I would rule that country with an iron fist. Day in and day out I would force them to make cupcakes the size of houses and cakes as tables.

I agree that Jem is #1 on the list.

Bob... you won so many points by mentioning Cutie Honey in that article! A magical girl series with actual action! (She's a freaking android people!)

I'm a girl, born in 1987, and I didn't know half the stuff on that list, except Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony.

Question: Why, to be adult, does the film have to be live action? I happily watch clay animation, computer animated, stop motion animated and hand drawn animation movies all the time. Why imply that to be "adult", we need to be live action?

And Barbie has a large range of very well made computer animated films. They were indeed straight to DVD for the most part, but really, you can't say Hasbro has not been eager to allow Barbie onto the screen. I personally retch when watching them for their over the top, cutesy, saccharine presentation, but I do admire the quality of the work; it's quite something to make a full length animated film.

Onyx Oblivion:
A Sailor Moon movie...Hmm...

Who the hell would play Tuxedo Mask?!

That vampire guy from *twilight* he would be so grimdark and edgy everyone would love it.

I'd completely forgotten how dark the bad guys from My Little Pony were! Though I should have remembered, since Tirek topped this completely appropriate Cracked list. Seriously, Tirek and his goons are like one of those Scandinavian black metal bands who dress up as trolls:

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RoBi3.0:
I a completely Heterosexual male, would watch me the shit out of a She-ra movie long before I went to see a He-man movie.

That makes two of us.

Stiffkittin:
I'm male and I'd go see a Jem movie.

Ditto. That show combined so many elements and managed to do it well, swiftly moving from each. So if you don't like high-fashion shoots? Wait 60 seconds, there's bound to be corporate espionage. High-tech supercomputer solving crimes not your thing? Don't worry, there's some cute orphans in the next room.

A Hollywood version of Sailor Moon was attempted, but the project died out of the gate. Which I think we should be thankful for because it was being prepared in the flaming cauldrons of Disney and the head chef was a cloven hoofed monstrosity named Geena Davis. It looked from the start like they were gonna half-ass it. Only 4 senshi scouts, talk of disastrous multi-cultural stunt casting, Geena Davis was going to play Beryl, yeah this thing would have been a train wreck.

As for a Jem movie? Yeah, I admit it. I'd go see that, and I dislike theaters. But it does worry me that they'd cast someone horribly wrong for the part, like Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. Please god, if this gets off the ground, let it be free of Disney Channel jail bait.

I would watch a movie based on Tamora Pierce's books. And I'm a guy!

RaphaelsRedemption:
I'm a girl, born in 1987, and I didn't know half the stuff on that list, except Rainbow Brite and My Little Pony.

Question: Why, to be adult, does the film have to be live action? I happily watch clay animation, computer animated, stop motion animated and hand drawn animation movies all the time. Why imply that to be "adult", we need to be live action?

Thank you for making me feel less like a man, since I'm a guy who also was born in 1987 but knew most of the stuff on the list.

Though I think the main reason why it have to be in live action is so that people who are nostalgic about said thing can feel more apart of it since they themselves are similar live action proportion. Which is the main reason I think most of the fans of Transformers that do like the Transformer live action like it. Feeling nostaglic about the past they can relive it threw a movie, and can place themselves into it. I don't get it. Since playing with old toys does the trick better. Though I think the difference is what is more socially appropriate.

With a big movie that everyone enjoys it seems more socially appropriate way to talk about something without feeling scorned for like it. For example I may enjoy Sailor Moon there isn't a chance in hell I bring it up. Since it seems embarrassing to like Sailor Moon for it being Sailor Moon. Most that have heard of the show, haven't heard about the show just the bad things that have come out of it because of the more zealous fans. Now if they did a live action of Sailor Moon movie, that would be what people would associate with it. Making it sociably acceptable to rent a Sailor Moon movie. Since you are no longer singled out for liking it, but are apart of a collective that enjoys it. The collective is acceptable, while the individual is not. This happen with Iron Man and Hulk getting out into the public. It didn't seem odd to be talking about it or geeking out about it. Rather then thinking the person is an oddity that knows stuff about things that aren't care about, the person is the expert that helps others get more out of the thing they enjoy. They are the person that finds the secret stuff.

I didn't notice the tidbit of the vial they used to create the Abomination in The Hulk had Dr.Reinstein on the vial that is the scientist that created the Super Soldier serum for Captain America. I thought frak I didn't realize it. Now imagine that effect on something you know being told to the kid that picked on you as they are in complete wonder in how you knew that tidbit. They bow before you, while having a reason to talk to others about the thing you like, while being able to dive back into that world you love sounds a whole lot more attractive then a CGI movie.

Something that probably wouldn't happen out of a CGI movie, or a strictly hand drawn 2d animation. Since both go out for a rather niche audience rather then hitting a much broader which a wider audience by getting it into the mainstream audience.

I am in full agreement that as long as it is good, and comes out don't really care how it comes out. Though the idea that the mainstream steam audience enjoying what you enjoy rasies the importance of what you know. It is much like the same idea as buying a toy you love and to find out years later it is worth lots of money because it was kept in good condition because you love said toy. External validation of worth of what you like, would be in some part be a validation of your worth. I agree a bit analytical, but that is the kind of inpact the mainstream audience has when it likes something we like.

Cool by association, since the cool kids started to like something you like is all.

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