I think that Masters of the Universe should be taught in schools as ethics and story structure basics, over and above that Greek and Shakespear fluff they have been re-teaching for so long.
..but not likely what hollywood 'today' will make.
The only type of film I think MOTU could be a success with would be an animated kids adventure (just a long digital cartoon for the new generation), where you can include all the colorful characters like Orko. Of course, I don't think this would go over well with many of us, but I see the most marketability and $$$ there.
A live action film is just going to be ridiculous, because MOTU encompasses way too many canons and themes. It'll either be a mish-meshed story that satisfies no one, or a Hollywood re-imagining that will totally disrespect the great aspects of characters.
I hope I'm wrong!
MOTU doesn’t really have that many canons, and what canons it does have all pretty much follow the same structure. Yes, because we’re all cynical adults now, we can see MOTU for what it was back in the day. But, I also thought the reason why we all still post on this website is because we can also see that MOTU is more than just a toy line (apparently)? It has a deep mythology and great archetypal characters. It’s prime for a live-action film. That is the reason why Hollywood hasn't left it alone for nigh on a decade.
Why would a live-action film be ridiculous, can I ask? That’s a pretty strong word. Yes, it would be ridiculous if some of the designs were lifted straight out of the cartoon, but let’s face it, that’s not going to happen. We’re not going to have characters running around, three quarters naked. There is nothing ridiculous about the story, characters or world, though. Nothing at all. In fact, the kind of narrative that MOTU has has been proven time and time again to go down quite well with audiences. The actual story a MOTU film would follow would more than likely be pretty simple.
It’s just a bit of a beef of mine. It’s a bit of an Internet cliché that some people who post on boards seem to spend all their time undermining and belittling what they’re supposedly fans of. Yeah, the Filmation series was just a selection of elongated toy commercials, but they were still good little stories packed with imagination and style.
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Ridiculous - Transformers trying to hide in a surburban backyard. G.I.JOE with the jetpacks down the road. Legolas surfing on an oliphant, and down the steps of the Hornburg. That's how I would define it. Obviously, this is fantasy, but you got to be grounded in something realistic to make it believable.
I like the Filmation series, there were some great stories there (I'll never forget when Skeletor turned "good" during that Christmas Special, it was a laughable and touching moment), but overall, for me and my sister, as well as most kids of the 80's, it was simply a template for kids to set up their own stories when playing with the toys. Of anything, I think the Filmation series served as a Sesame Street, a way to entertain while teaching. In the case of the Filmation series, that was teaching children to make the right choices and such. I think that kind of thing could be done today in a kid's MOTU digital animation film, but not an action film.
Do you not think the education system is important or undeserving of Masters?
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I am always thrilled when I hear there might be a MOTU movie. But after reading this interview, it makes me quite nervous. Especially this:
We have all spent the last 30 years with an idea of what MOTU is. If you have a script going in completely the opposite direction, it's no longer MOTU. It reminds me of the recent Conan movie. While a passable sword/sorcery movie, it was not a Conan movie at all. When I look at it like that, I can enjoy the movie.Where you think MOTU goes left, the script goes right and it was just very clear to me this was something very special.
I grew up being a fan of the original minicomic stories...prior to Prince Adam. They tended to be darker with darker humor. You didn't need the comic relief of Orko, Cringer and Prince Adam. If the new MOTU movie has any of these three characters, I fear it is going to be like Jar-Jar Binks all over again.
Being a child of the early 80's, I was a fan of MOTU, GI Joe and Transformers. The only saving grace for Transformers was Peter Cullen returning as Optimus Prime. That is what touched that nerve that brought it all back for me and many of us older fans. GI Joe unfortunately didn't have that and I believe that is why it has floundered. (Snake Eyes with lips...dear god!) I think the biggest thing that can bring us all into the moment when we all sit in the theaters to watch this is to start off with the Filmation opening...just the first three seconds of this No matter how the movie turns out, I believe these 3 seconds will take us all back to sitting in front of the tv as kids and not knowing what we were going to see, but still being excited for it!
Anyways, just my two-cents.
They are not concerned with who grew up with this stuff, at all.
They usualy make a 'trailer' that 'works' and 'hire' people to fill in the rest.
Michael Bay's comentary on Transformers seemed to amount to how many times the trailer was downloaded on youtube, instead of where on earth he or anyone came up with that crap.
..and GI Joe was one of the only movies in 10yrs that I asked the people I was with, if we could leave before it gets worst.
Sure the risk exists that they will get it wrong, but there is the chance they will get it right too.
And sure the origins of the property wasn't a grand artistic vision, but it was fleshed out by some people who genuinely loved it and poured a lot of artistic vision into it. you can feel it at times throughout the brand. unlike the Transformers origin that was frankenstein a toyline from other toylines.
“You don't stop playing because you grow old you grow old because you stop playing.” George Benard Shaw.
Sure MOTU isn't a huge brand at the moment for mattel, but it was and it's spawned their most successful online only brand that's lasted nearly 5 years. Mattel knows MOTU is a gold mine, if they fail they will try again, SOMEwhere down the line. Knowing mattel though it will be a long way down that line. But also that is why this movie and so forth IS important, Mattel needs to grab a new audience so that when they try again they have kids that grew up with these characters arguing online about how it should be brought back again.
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