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C'mon, Hollywood: Please don't ruin our 90's nostalgia!

Feb. 18, 2014by:

I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but I'm a nostalgic bastard. If it came out before the harsh realities of life set in and I was just another happy lad (the 90's), I probably remember and look back on it fondly. Hollywood, however, has a knack for having its way with those memories. I can't imagine, for example, growing up with STAR WARS and standing in line waiting to relive that experience only to witness STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE. If anything, my mother showed me all three Indiana Jones movies as a kid, so watching INDIANA JONES AND THE CGI PRAIRIE DOGS definitely left me with that empty sadness, but Hollywood hasn't really had an opportunity to "rape my childhood" as so many like to put it. Until now, that is.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, slated for a 2017 release, has some pretty legitimate voice talent including Kevin Hart, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll with director Rob Letterman (MONSTERS VS ALIENS, SHARK TALE) and writer Nicholas Stoller (YES MAN, THE MUPPETS) behind the project. With GOOSEBUMPS, we have Darren Lemke, Carl Ellsworth, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penning the script and director Rob Letterman, again, with Jack Black in one of the main roles. After looking at the past work of these filmmakers, I'm not feeling too confident in all this.

Sure, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS isn't the most mature children's book, but it's silly, good-hearted fun. With homages to comic books, superheroes and tacky gimmicks (flip-o-rama, anyone?) it's one of those books that makes you feel like a kid again in the best way possible. Had it not been taken yet, I personally think the quick, manic humor of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, THE LEGO MOVIE) would have worked perfectly with the material. While I'm not a big fan of the movies Letterman and Stoller have worked on in the past, they have ten books (and multiple spin-offs) worth of stories, villains and jokes of the whitey-tightey-wearing-crusader to choose from.

With GOOSEBUMPS, I'm a little more apprehensive. First and foremost, GOOSEBUMPS is supposed to be scaryand with Jack Black front and center, that's gonna make it a little harder to pull off (especially considering the director and Black's last collaboration was GULLIVER'S TRAVELS). It also seems like they're passing up a lot of great opportunities with the story. An author's characters "literally leap off the page" leaves behind the chance to revisit classics like THE HAUNTED MASK or NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUMMY or SAY CHEESE AND DIE! (I know these titles sound ridiculous, but they're great). Something I thought could be incredible would be to make GOOSEBUMPS an anthology film. Think CREEPSHOW, but for younger audiences whose A.D.D. would not be a problem thanks to three or four self contained movies in one. There are four writers for this, so perhaps that's what they're planning on doing? Eh? Well, there's always the chance of ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? THE MOVIE, I suppose.

Now, I'm not going to try to argue that CAPTAIN UNDERPANTSand GOOSEBUMPS are on the same level of STAR WARS, but here's the thing. When I saw movies or read books as a kid, I enjoyed things that didn't insult my intelligence. Being able to be entertained by something that was a little more intense than I was used to or seeing something that my parents would laugh at but I wouldn't necessarily get made me feel a little more like an adult. Kid's movies that don't always feel that way (MONSTER HOUSE, SUPER 8, GREMLINS) are great and kids today deserve quality entertainment like that, too. Also, if these filmmakers are associating themselves with a successful name or brand from the past, they should at least try to be respectful to the original material (as silly as it may be). While these films will be marketed to a younger demographic, they were most popular back in the 90's so shouldn't that generation be taken into consideration, too? Can we get jokes that only adults would understand or a few scares that genuinely frighten everyone in the audience?

Something or another made these stories important back in the day and, at least in my case, it's been almost twenty years since CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS or GOOSEBUMPS first garnered my interest. For the people my age with kids who also enjoyed them in the past will probably want to share that experience with their kids, so it should be enjoyable for the whole family. Imagine the people that grew up with SCOOBY-DOOwho took their kids to see the live action movie. Sure, it's a cross-generational thing with Scooby, but for someone who was looking to take a trip down memory lane with their children must've been very upset.

So, C'mon, Hollywood! Treat our nostalgic material with some respect before throwing it up on the big screen. I'm not saying these two projects need to be made with complete commitment to the source material, but keep the audience in mind when important things from their childhood come into play (I was a strange kid). Here's to hoping they put something of quality out and give a whole new generation something nostalgic to bitch and moan about when they get older. Tra-la-laaa!!!

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11:32AM on 02/18/2014
Can we, as a group, stop perpetuating the "raped my childhood" trope? Not liking a movie and sexual assault are a false equivalency at best and pure hyperbole at its worst.
Can we, as a group, stop perpetuating the "raped my childhood" trope? Not liking a movie and sexual assault are a false equivalency at best and pure hyperbole at its worst.
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1:40PM on 02/18/2014
Agreed! That saying is so fucked up.
Agreed! That saying is so fucked up.
2:38PM on 02/18/2014
I honestly thought I was kicking a hornets nest by posting this. I was preparing for an onslaught of political correctness digs, and accusations of being too liberal. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised.
I honestly thought I was kicking a hornets nest by posting this. I was preparing for an onslaught of political correctness digs, and accusations of being too liberal. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised.
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10:59AM on 02/18/2014

this whole mentality is just ridiculous

It just makes no sense, "Michael Bay ruined my childhood with his Transformers movie" etc. etc. etc.

...uh no, no he didn't. That makes absolutely no sense, there is absolutely no logic in it. Any remake or new adaptation absolutely can NOT ruin the previous incarnation. It's simply not possible. The original is still there, just the same as it always was (unless they pull a George Lucas with the original Star Wars movies thing which, I believe, is a unique case) and it makes zero sense how
It just makes no sense, "Michael Bay ruined my childhood with his Transformers movie" etc. etc. etc.

...uh no, no he didn't. That makes absolutely no sense, there is absolutely no logic in it. Any remake or new adaptation absolutely can NOT ruin the previous incarnation. It's simply not possible. The original is still there, just the same as it always was (unless they pull a George Lucas with the original Star Wars movies thing which, I believe, is a unique case) and it makes zero sense how a new movie or TV series can somehow magically dive into your mind and pull some sort of crazy ass brainwashing thing where it either erases your memory of the original or somehow taints the original (seeing as it is not the original) or changes your memory of your childhood... it doesn't. There is something seriously wrong mentally if a new adult memory/experience replaces or in any way affects a set in stone memory of your childhood. That's like the new bad memory of the most recent Superbowl ruining or somehow tainting a Superbowl that you loved from 15+ years ago. Like what? Come on now.
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11:24AM on 02/18/2014
I was actually coming here to say this, so thank you.

I think a lot of the time nostalgia projects tend to point out the flaws inherent in childhood programming. The way we like to remember something isn't the way others remember it and it easier to see what was wrong to begin with.

I'm a lifelong fan of the Transformers franchise, being old enough to have seen the animated movie in the theater when I was 5, my mom made me a custom display case for all my transformers (Go-Bots went on the
I was actually coming here to say this, so thank you.

I think a lot of the time nostalgia projects tend to point out the flaws inherent in childhood programming. The way we like to remember something isn't the way others remember it and it easier to see what was wrong to begin with.

I'm a lifelong fan of the Transformers franchise, being old enough to have seen the animated movie in the theater when I was 5, my mom made me a custom display case for all my transformers (Go-Bots went on the bottom shelf). I enjoy the new movies just enough to to get me through them even though I know they really aren't very good. It's a cognitive dissonance thing. So when Netflix posted the original G1 series for streaming, I was excited. But going back and watching them I was shocked to realize much of the first season or so wasn't very good either.

So as cynical as it sounds, looking at things with the critical eye of an adult will always take the fun out of our childhood memories.
12:01PM on 02/18/2014
100% agree with you
100% agree with you
12:34PM on 02/18/2014
I don't always agree with the writers of these C'mon Hollywood articles. But this one was by far the dumbest article I have ever read for this column. Are you really complaining about the talent involved with the adaptation of Goosebumps and Captain Underpants? Were you expecting them to get someone like Martin Scorsese? These are kid stories, they are going to go with talent that can make the material ultimately appeal to the child demographic. And looking at A LOT of the children's
I don't always agree with the writers of these C'mon Hollywood articles. But this one was by far the dumbest article I have ever read for this column. Are you really complaining about the talent involved with the adaptation of Goosebumps and Captain Underpants? Were you expecting them to get someone like Martin Scorsese? These are kid stories, they are going to go with talent that can make the material ultimately appeal to the child demographic. And looking at A LOT of the children's movies that have come out in the past few years, it's a pretty safe bet that the material will appeal to older generations as well. There is more proof of that happening then there is the opposite.

Furthermore, I never read Captain Underpants as a kid so I can't comment on it's appeal. But I did read Goosebumps, and who are you kidding that those were scary stories? Yes the stories dealt with fantastical and horror based themes, but nothing in those stories ever came off as scary, not one of them. If anything, when reading them as a kid, I always thought of them as a light alternative to horror movies for adults. So to have Jack Black and Rob Letterman adapting one of those books to the big screen seems appropriate.

This article was the absolute definition of internet whining. Let me know when you have a real point to make.
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1:42PM on 02/18/2014
I wish they got Scorsese - mainly because DiCaprio would have been cast as Captain Underpants.
I wish they got Scorsese - mainly because DiCaprio would have been cast as Captain Underpants.
2:04PM on 02/18/2014
I've never heard of captain underpants. The people complaining a out it must still be in they're early 20's. SHUT THE FUCK UP! I'm so sick of hearing ppl say how Hollywood is ruining they're childhood with remakes etc.. Guess what idiots, the films we loved growing up aren't going anywhere! They'll always be there! Half the people bitching about the robocop remake are only hating it b/c they grew up on it much like I did! But it really was not a bad film I have to admit! I don't get how
I've never heard of captain underpants. The people complaining a out it must still be in they're early 20's. SHUT THE FUCK UP! I'm so sick of hearing ppl say how Hollywood is ruining they're childhood with remakes etc.. Guess what idiots, the films we loved growing up aren't going anywhere! They'll always be there! Half the people bitching about the robocop remake are only hating it b/c they grew up on it much like I did! But it really was not a bad film I have to admit! I don't get how remakes or reboots "taint" the original film. They aren't wiping it out of existence to make room for the remake! God I sometimes wish movie sites on the internet would just shut down! The internet has single handedly ruined most movie experiences. Quit fucking crying! Especially about something as stupid as a show called captain fucking underpants! Goosebumps could be cool if done properly. Captain underpants... Give me a fucking break!
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7:26PM on 02/18/2014
Riddle, fanboys are a bunch that don't care about nostalgia unless it has to do with them (meaning Star Wars, DC/Marvel. and maybe Star Trek). I am not a fan of those tv shows but nothing about the projects make me want to care about them enough to ever pay money to see them (which is something someone said is the main goal since this is all about money and not quality). Look at what happened when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman or Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman! Look at what happened when
Riddle, fanboys are a bunch that don't care about nostalgia unless it has to do with them (meaning Star Wars, DC/Marvel. and maybe Star Trek). I am not a fan of those tv shows but nothing about the projects make me want to care about them enough to ever pay money to see them (which is something someone said is the main goal since this is all about money and not quality). Look at what happened when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman or Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman! Look at what happened when the Star Wars prequels came out or Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull bullshit! Suddenly fanboys could only talk about nostalgia and murdered childhoods! And let's not get started on how many fanboys cried about BOTH when it came to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! I agree that these movies should look like they are trying (which they don't... not yet at least). Not because I'm a fan, but because that's what they should do.
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2:55PM on 02/18/2014
Nicholas Stoller wrote and directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and The Muppets...all three are good movies. This article is so much fail.
Nicholas Stoller wrote and directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek, and The Muppets...all three are good movies. This article is so much fail.
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11:01AM on 02/18/2014
I wonder who will be the Shia LaBeouf of ruining 90s Nostalgia. Shia LaBeouf was in the Transformers film series, the fourth Indiana Jones film and the Wall Street sequel. I hope he doesn't have a sucessor waiting in the wings.
I wonder who will be the Shia LaBeouf of ruining 90s Nostalgia. Shia LaBeouf was in the Transformers film series, the fourth Indiana Jones film and the Wall Street sequel. I hope he doesn't have a sucessor waiting in the wings.
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10:59AM on 02/18/2014
Mid 90s for me, particularly Animaniacs and Pink and The Brain. Ah, the 90s. Good time. Speaking of which, still watch Friends and Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place from time to time.
Mid 90s for me, particularly Animaniacs and Pink and The Brain. Ah, the 90s. Good time. Speaking of which, still watch Friends and Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place from time to time.
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11:02AM on 02/18/2014
I don't understand how Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place isn't on DVD yet. With the huge success of Reynolds and especially Fillion you think the studio would release all the seasons. I've been waiting forever to finally own all of the episodes.
I don't understand how Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place isn't on DVD yet. With the huge success of Reynolds and especially Fillion you think the studio would release all the seasons. I've been waiting forever to finally own all of the episodes.
1:46PM on 02/18/2014
Agreed about Pizza Place needing to be on DVD - Fillion and Reynolds are big now, plus Traylor Howard is adorable.
Agreed about Pizza Place needing to be on DVD - Fillion and Reynolds are big now, plus Traylor Howard is adorable.
6:29PM on 02/18/2014
I know. It must be tied up in some kind of copyrights lawsuit or something.
I know. It must be tied up in some kind of copyrights lawsuit or something.
3:06PM on 02/18/2014
I wonder how a bad sequel/remake can ruin people's nostalgia and childhood !! Movies are business and they make movies for money.they can't always make good movies and even if they make a good movie,they can't please everybody there will be always complaining fans/snobs.if you don't like the idea of a sequel or remake to your favourite childhood movie,don't watch the movie or wait for its trailer or reviews to decide whether you can watch it or not.
I wonder how a bad sequel/remake can ruin people's nostalgia and childhood !! Movies are business and they make movies for money.they can't always make good movies and even if they make a good movie,they can't please everybody there will be always complaining fans/snobs.if you don't like the idea of a sequel or remake to your favourite childhood movie,don't watch the movie or wait for its trailer or reviews to decide whether you can watch it or not.
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8:39PM on 02/19/2014
It's because folks think that since they bought the Bluray, the movie is theirs, and should never be remade or altered in any way, shape or form without their express authorization.

Like others have said, if you don't feel something should be remade, then don't watch it. By you not watching it, you're not providing the studio with the money it seeks, and that can result in them not doing it again. Think of it like voting, except your ballot here is your hard earned cash.
It's because folks think that since they bought the Bluray, the movie is theirs, and should never be remade or altered in any way, shape or form without their express authorization.

Like others have said, if you don't feel something should be remade, then don't watch it. By you not watching it, you're not providing the studio with the money it seeks, and that can result in them not doing it again. Think of it like voting, except your ballot here is your hard earned cash.
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10:55AM on 02/18/2014
I couldnt stand the later half of the 90s. Early 90s was fun for me.
I couldnt stand the later half of the 90s. Early 90s was fun for me.
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5:44PM on 02/19/2014
First of all, there is a simple remedy to when a bad adaptation of a product comes out - don't watch it. I fully plan on skipping the upcoming TMNT movie for that very reason. Maybe as a rental.

Secondly, when I think back to the '90s, I can't help but think about all the based-on-TV shows from the '60s there were. So reading this I kept thinking, how ironic.

Now, since you write for a movie site, maybe your situation is different, but the majority of us don't need to see bad redos of our
First of all, there is a simple remedy to when a bad adaptation of a product comes out - don't watch it. I fully plan on skipping the upcoming TMNT movie for that very reason. Maybe as a rental.

Secondly, when I think back to the '90s, I can't help but think about all the based-on-TV shows from the '60s there were. So reading this I kept thinking, how ironic.

Now, since you write for a movie site, maybe your situation is different, but the majority of us don't need to see bad redos of our childhood favorites. If we do anyway it's our own fault for giving in.
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3:05PM on 02/18/2014
I wonder how a bad sequel/remake can ruin people's nostalgia and childhood !! Movies are business and they make movies for money,not to preserve people's nostalgia.they can't always make good movies and even if they make a good movie,they can't please everybody there will be always complaining fans/snobs.if you don't like the idea of a sequel or remake to your favourite childhood movie,don't watch the movie or wait for its trailer or reviews to decide whether you can watch it or not.
I wonder how a bad sequel/remake can ruin people's nostalgia and childhood !! Movies are business and they make movies for money,not to preserve people's nostalgia.they can't always make good movies and even if they make a good movie,they can't please everybody there will be always complaining fans/snobs.if you don't like the idea of a sequel or remake to your favourite childhood movie,don't watch the movie or wait for its trailer or reviews to decide whether you can watch it or not.
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11:00AM on 02/18/2014
Goosebumps and Captain Underpants were huge parts of my childhood. Wonder how the films will turn out.
Goosebumps and Captain Underpants were huge parts of my childhood. Wonder how the films will turn out.
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2:54PM on 02/18/2014
That actually explains a lot lol
That actually explains a lot lol
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