The Scooby Doo movie must have done better in the theaters than I thought. Not only is there a sequel in the works, but there are no less then 4 films in the works (not counting the aforementioned SD sequel) that involve taking animated shows and turning them into live-action movies. First up is Garfield: The Movie based on the long-running comic strip by Jim Davis with a CGI rendered Garfield and Odie. Then word has it that Rob Minkoff is gearing up to do Mr. Peabody & Sherman as a CGI/live-action flick. Next up is word from the Hollywood Reporter that plans are in the works for a live-action Transformers movie no doubt using a hefty amount of CGI. Lastly we have Looney Toons: Back In Action due to hit theaters this November, which I am desperately hoping will be better than the dreadful Space Jam.
Again I ask: Did the Scooby Doo flick really do so well to justify the mad rush to turn any random old cartoon into a heavily CGI-ified live-action flick? Has Hollywood not learned its lessons from the Rocky and Bullwinkle and Dudley Do-Right* fiascoes?! Please, someone stop them now before they try to do a CGI/Live-Action version of The Smurfs or, worse yet, My Little Pony (!!shudder!!).
*Yes, I realize there weren’t any CGI rendered characters in Dudley Do-Right, but it was still a horrible adaptation and should have been a lesson to everyone involved.