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03.07.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Cartoons That Would Make Great Movies

MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN represents a rarity in modern Hollywood remakes: an animated film stays animated! With atrocious films like ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and THE SMURFS merging live action and cartoons, many of our childhood favorites are sullied forever. But, there are countless cartoons that remain unadapted that would make amazing big screen features, live action or animated. Check out our picks and if yours didn't make the list, add it in the talk backs below.

#10 - DARKWING DUCK

In the 1990s there was a spate of series like TALESPIN, DUCKTALES, and RESCUE RANGERS that brought a modern spin to classic character types from the Disney vault. All would make fun movies, but DARKWING DUCK would be the best. a cross between Batman and The Shadow, Darkwing Duck is both a buffoon and a genius and would look amazing updated in CGI.

#9 - SAMURAI JACK

Stylized and highly enjoyable for adults and kids, SAMURAI JACK is a family friendly post-apocalyptic adventure. I never thought I would write that sentence, but there it is. Action-packed, funny, and damn cool to watch, this is a series that could be amazing in live action but equally cool if kept animated. I would definitely be up for either option.

#8 - GARGOYLES

Remember this show? It was like TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES but with gargoyles! That sounds incredibly stupid, but the show was awesome. STAR TREK veteran Jonathan Frakes voiced the villainous David Xanatos while the iconic voice of Keith David played the hero Goliath. A live action or animated movie would be fine by me as long as the gargoyles themselves look as cool as possible.

#7 - MIGHTY MOUSE

Superhero cartoons have been pretty damn good so far. Both THE INCREDIBLES and MEGAMIND are enjoyable odes to comic books that are sorely lacking in sequels. But, when classic cartoons like UNDERDOG are ruined on the big screen, movies like MIGHTY MOUSE never get made. If they were to make a movie of the very SUPERMAN-esque rodent character, I would recommend keeping it fully animated. Oh, and keep the theme song.

#6 - THE MAXX

What an awesome cartoon. Airing on MTV at the same time as AEON FLUX, THE MAXX is a super-violent and edgy animated series about a homeless man who becomes a hero in an alternate reality known as The Outback. There have been very few series as cool as this and it is a shame more people don't know about it. But, like SPAWN, THE MAXX has a dedicated fanbase that would love for a movie to get made. It may be too f*cked up for a studio, but someone make this one happen!

#5 - JONNY QUEST

While THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN may be a decent alternate without a new INDIANA JONES film, a JONNY QUEST movie would be a nice change of pace. Steven Spielberg has shown you don't have to melt Nazi faces to make a decent adventure movie so why not tackle a JONNY QUEST film. I would settle for a VENTURE BROS. movie, too.

#4 - VOLTRON

Kaiju are popular again thanks to PACIFIC RIM and GODZILLA, so why not adapt the beloved series VOLTRON as a serious version of Power Rangers? How amazing would it be to see Voltron come together in a live action movie? I can imagine so many possibilities for a VOLTRON movie, all of which are extremely violent and not for kids.

#3 - COWBOY BEBOP

There have been rumors of a live action COWBOY BEBOP movie for years with nothing to show for it. But, imagine a live action movie that would serve as something like FIREFLY crossed with BLADE RUNNER and that would be COWBOY BEBOP. I would even settle for a television series with a good cast, but a big screen adventure would work really well with the concept and music. Hell, opening the ears of a whole generation to the jazzy soundtrack would be an accomplishment in and of itself.

#2 - THUNDERCATS

This always pops up on lists of shows that should be movies. THUNDERCATS remains the biggest 1980s cartoon that has not been adapted to live action. The reason baffles me as it is the perfect blend of fantasy, action, and scifi. There is an awesome fan made trailer floating out there that should go to show this adaptation is long overdue.

#1 - THE TICK

Yes, there was a live action TV series, but we need a true big budget TICK movie! Patrick Warburton is still young enough that he could play the lead, but I am fine with recasting the role. We haven't seen a good big screen spoof of superhero movies since MYSTERY MEN and THE TICK would be a perfect plot. Even if it was an animated movie, I just want to see more of the big blue guy.

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12:18PM on 03/10/2014
samurai jack shouldve been higher. id toss in Gargoyles.
samurai jack shouldve been higher. id toss in Gargoyles.
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5:52PM on 03/08/2014
Squidbillies, Animaniacs, Bobs Burgers, Adventure Time are all some I'd like to see more of. From the list I'm likin The Maxx, DW and The Tick.
Squidbillies, Animaniacs, Bobs Burgers, Adventure Time are all some I'd like to see more of. From the list I'm likin The Maxx, DW and The Tick.
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12:57PM on 03/08/2014
It was my favourite series from Cartoon Network! Gendy Tartakovsky promised a movie for years that never happened... I still have some hopes.
It was my favourite series from Cartoon Network! Gendy Tartakovsky promised a movie for years that never happened... I still have some hopes.
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10:00AM on 03/08/2014
It kind of baffles me how those shows happened, and then Disney's never tried to bring them back. Okay, once I got older and found out Chip n' Dale were named after male exotic dancers, maybe that wasn't so appropriate, but Darkwing does seem ripe for reintroduction (then again, they might try to TDK him all up).
It kind of baffles me how those shows happened, and then Disney's never tried to bring them back. Okay, once I got older and found out Chip n' Dale were named after male exotic dancers, maybe that wasn't so appropriate, but Darkwing does seem ripe for reintroduction (then again, they might try to TDK him all up).
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8:52AM on 03/08/2014
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what Robin said I am in shock that some one can make $5097 in 1 month on the computer . you could look here http://www.mac22.com
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6:43PM on 03/07/2014
Yes, yes, and yes. This show has such a rich mythology that would be great for a series of movies.
Yes, yes, and yes. This show has such a rich mythology that would be great for a series of movies.
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4:07PM on 03/07/2014
Glad to see I'm not the only one with a soft spot for The Maxx.
Glad to see I'm not the only one with a soft spot for The Maxx.
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2:19PM on 03/07/2014

How about this idea for Rugrats...

Live action babies with CGI heads.
Live action babies with CGI heads.
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1:41PM on 03/07/2014

I have always wanted

to see this as a movie. It has a perfect flow of great story telling. Great villains, and great leads. I always dreamed that one day at Comic Con the Hall H room would go dark and I would hear the opening music, and see a live action version of the opener...buuuut it will never happen :(
to see this as a movie. It has a perfect flow of great story telling. Great villains, and great leads. I always dreamed that one day at Comic Con the Hall H room would go dark and I would hear the opening music, and see a live action version of the opener...buuuut it will never happen :(
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11:38AM on 03/07/2014
This brings back memories! Good cartoon.
This brings back memories! Good cartoon.
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11:17AM on 03/07/2014
A live-action Totally Spies movie would be one hell of a fun guilty pleasure.
A live-action Totally Spies movie would be one hell of a fun guilty pleasure.
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11:10AM on 03/07/2014
I think this was in the works for a while, and then didn't really work out. Blade Runner meets Firefly does sound about right.
I think this was in the works for a while, and then didn't really work out. Blade Runner meets Firefly does sound about right.
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11:04AM on 03/07/2014
It's got a pulpy feel to it and was inspired by the likes of Doc Savage, but it very much is a product of its time. My guess is that Hadji will become a tech genius (played by Aziz Ansari of course) instead of being a mystic.
It's got a pulpy feel to it and was inspired by the likes of Doc Savage, but it very much is a product of its time. My guess is that Hadji will become a tech genius (played by Aziz Ansari of course) instead of being a mystic.
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11:01AM on 03/07/2014
Frankenstein JR., Young Samson and Goliath(not Davey and goliath.), Valley of the Dinosaurs, Gigantor, Mighty Orbots, Mightor,Herculoids, Commander Blip, Grape Ape, Mightyman and Uhhgg!, Mighty max, Snorks, and Pirates of Dark water would all make excellent movies.
Frankenstein JR., Young Samson and Goliath(not Davey and goliath.), Valley of the Dinosaurs, Gigantor, Mighty Orbots, Mightor,Herculoids, Commander Blip, Grape Ape, Mightyman and Uhhgg!, Mighty max, Snorks, and Pirates of Dark water would all make excellent movies.
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10:20AM on 03/07/2014
Oh man, why does this not already exist? I vote Jason Isaacs as David Xanatos.
Oh man, why does this not already exist? I vote Jason Isaacs as David Xanatos.
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10:18AM on 03/07/2014
I would love to see this as a poetic, eye candy-filled Terry Gilliam-esque project.
I would love to see this as a poetic, eye candy-filled Terry Gilliam-esque project.
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9:03AM on 03/07/2014
I'm surprised there's no mention of 80s cartoons like "Thundarr The Barbarian", "M.A.S.K." or "Spiral Zone". I also think the Sunbow/Marvel cartoon "JEM" would make a good film but perhaps it's too stepped in the 80s? How about the "Inhumanoids" or even the "Visionaries"?
I'm surprised there's no mention of 80s cartoons like "Thundarr The Barbarian", "M.A.S.K." or "Spiral Zone". I also think the Sunbow/Marvel cartoon "JEM" would make a good film but perhaps it's too stepped in the 80s? How about the "Inhumanoids" or even the "Visionaries"?
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8:47AM on 03/07/2014
I also liked "Darkwing Duck" and thought it was pretty inspired and I'm not really a Disney fan.
I also liked "Darkwing Duck" and thought it was pretty inspired and I'm not really a Disney fan.
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8:27AM on 03/07/2014
Bonkers
Bonkers
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8:22AM on 03/07/2014

I would add AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER to this list

I know most people are still vomiting a little from the M. Night Shyamalan movie (so am I) but that cartoon deserved much better than Shyamalan's incompetence. Done right, it would be a great action franchise, and THE LEGEND OF KORRA's a solid sequel.
I know most people are still vomiting a little from the M. Night Shyamalan movie (so am I) but that cartoon deserved much better than Shyamalan's incompetence. Done right, it would be a great action franchise, and THE LEGEND OF KORRA's a solid sequel.
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8:19AM on 03/07/2014
Ulysses 31 or Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors would make awesome films.
Ulysses 31 or Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors would make awesome films.
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8:17AM on 03/07/2014

Darkwing Duck!

You nailed it right off the bat. I openend this thinking, "DW has got to be on this list," and I was not disappointed. Absolutely there should be a Dakwing Duck movie. Full on Cg animation in the vein of Tangled where it's not super realistic and closer to hand-drawn animation. I'm bored to death with these movies that blend CG characters with live-action actors.
You nailed it right off the bat. I openend this thinking, "DW has got to be on this list," and I was not disappointed. Absolutely there should be a Dakwing Duck movie. Full on Cg animation in the vein of Tangled where it's not super realistic and closer to hand-drawn animation. I'm bored to death with these movies that blend CG characters with live-action actors.
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7:27AM on 03/07/2014
I would add the Powerpuff Girls, C.O.P.S and Jem.
I would add the Powerpuff Girls, C.O.P.S and Jem.
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7:16AM on 03/07/2014
Kinda surprised it hasn't been done yet.
Kinda surprised it hasn't been done yet.
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7:05AM on 03/07/2014
Loved this cartoon. Best rogues gallery in any medium.
Loved this cartoon. Best rogues gallery in any medium.
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