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News Sure to Confuse Old People: Universal making Bakugan movie

12.21.2010

And yes, I consider myself in that group of confused old people as I have no idea what the hell BAKUGAN is. I'm vaguely aware of it as some sort of cartoon-cum-toy by way of "Pokemon." Something about cards and robots and balls and girls in short skirts. I even tried to read the Wikipedia page to make sense of it all and couldn't make it past the first paragraph (though it was described as Japanese-Canadian, which made me laugh).

It seems though as despite my best efforts, Hollywood is not making movies tailor-made to my interests knowledge-base and Universal is developing a BAKUGAN movie. Harald Zwart (THE KARATE KID) is attached to direct the film with Scott Stuber (SCOTT PILGRIM) producing for the studio.

I'm told that BAKUGAN was named Toy of the Year two years in a row by some toy people who are presumably in the know of what kids badger their parents into spending a lot of money on.

While this all seems foreign and silly to me because it came out when I was in my mid-20s, is it really any sillier than TRANSFORMERS? And at least it has girls in short skirts...

Extra Tidbit: Is that kid wearing sweatbands to play a game of Bakugan?
Source: The Wrap

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4:25AM on 12/22/2010

Is Nutz talking about Bakugan...

...or Pokemon? Same premise. Same rubbish.

Bring on the pitchforks.
...or Pokemon? Same premise. Same rubbish.

Bring on the pitchforks.
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9:34PM on 12/21/2010
I'm still a bit of a kid at heart and have sat with my little boy watching his cartoons on many occasions, however when ever this comes on even he says "oh no daddy, not Bakugan!", and then the channel changes. The show is pure junk in my opinion. Every episode is the same except with 2 different, and somehow more annoying characters than the last episode. The money could be much better spent elsewhere.

If they wanted to take a pick out of the current pool of cartoons in that age group -
I'm still a bit of a kid at heart and have sat with my little boy watching his cartoons on many occasions, however when ever this comes on even he says "oh no daddy, not Bakugan!", and then the channel changes. The show is pure junk in my opinion. Every episode is the same except with 2 different, and somehow more annoying characters than the last episode. The money could be much better spent elsewhere.

If they wanted to take a pick out of the current pool of cartoons in that age group - at least from what's on in the UK at the moment, I'd think that a Generator Rex movie would be much cooler. Although, saying that it may come out a little hardcore for the younger audience.

I'm still baffled that Ben 10 hasn't had a proper movie done, ignoring the shitty network ones.
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7:57PM on 12/21/2010

ha

I thought that they where going to make a movie about a group of guys that shoot their load all over some chick. Completely the wrong word!
I thought that they where going to make a movie about a group of guys that shoot their load all over some chick. Completely the wrong word!
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4:50PM on 12/21/2010
This brings to mind an important question: Why was there never a pokemon movie? There was certainly a huge audience.

The ET made me laugh.
This brings to mind an important question: Why was there never a pokemon movie? There was certainly a huge audience.

The ET made me laugh.
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5:39PM on 12/21/2010
There was a Pokemon movie it was released in 2000. My mom took me to see it. I cried when Ash turned to stone.
Shut up I was eight.
There was a Pokemon movie it was released in 2000. My mom took me to see it. I cried when Ash turned to stone.
Shut up I was eight.
6:01PM on 12/21/2010
Whoops. Should have clarified. I meant a live-action Pokemon movie. I, like you and every other 8-9 year old boy, was there for the animated one.

I remember they gave out free Mew cards to anyone that preordered a ticket so my Dad, my sister and I got three of them. I later traded one for a bunch really rare, holographic cards. I wonder where all that stuff is now.

I even saw the Sequel in theaters. I really was obsessed with it back in the day. :)

Also, although I haven't seen the movie
Whoops. Should have clarified. I meant a live-action Pokemon movie. I, like you and every other 8-9 year old boy, was there for the animated one.

I remember they gave out free Mew cards to anyone that preordered a ticket so my Dad, my sister and I got three of them. I later traded one for a bunch really rare, holographic cards. I wonder where all that stuff is now.

I even saw the Sequel in theaters. I really was obsessed with it back in the day. :)

Also, although I haven't seen the movie since I was like 10 or 11 (I still have it on VHS) I still maintain that it was an epic film. I remember being completely blown away when I was a kid. I think I may have cried too but it was during that bit where the clone(?) Pikachu is beating the shit out of the real Pikachu. Very depressing to my little mind.
6:37PM on 12/21/2010
Yeah if memory serves me right the first Pokemon movie is up there with 80's Transformers film in terms of kids movies that do not fuck around.
Didn't bother with the sequels though. I think I moved on to the video games by then.
Yeah if memory serves me right the first Pokemon movie is up there with 80's Transformers film in terms of kids movies that do not fuck around.
Didn't bother with the sequels though. I think I moved on to the video games by then.
4:22PM on 12/21/2010

I'd check it out ... maybe

I'm not a fan of this series but seriously, don't write something off just because it's an anime. We have lots of different animated film styles here and no one says a word. Be a little more open minded.
I'm not a fan of this series but seriously, don't write something off just because it's an anime. We have lots of different animated film styles here and no one says a word. Be a little more open minded.
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3:25PM on 12/21/2010
I'm 25 with a kid, and I still have no idea what this is.
I'm 25 with a kid, and I still have no idea what this is.
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3:06PM on 12/21/2010
Soemtimes I just like to scream BAKUGAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!! I don't know what it means but it just rolls off the tongue and sounds really funny
Soemtimes I just like to scream BAKUGAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!! I don't know what it means but it just rolls off the tongue and sounds really funny
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1:36PM on 12/21/2010

How Can you not know?

You are correct, Bakugan's are similar to Pokemon, Digimon, etc. I don't personally care about them, but my son drives me nuts to get some for him all the time, he's got quite a collection, unfortunatly, it's not one of those product lines that will disappear any time soon, especially with a movie being made that will (logically) be aimed at a very young croud, so unless you are a parent, or a Bakugon geek, skip this movie.
You are correct, Bakugan's are similar to Pokemon, Digimon, etc. I don't personally care about them, but my son drives me nuts to get some for him all the time, he's got quite a collection, unfortunatly, it's not one of those product lines that will disappear any time soon, especially with a movie being made that will (logically) be aimed at a very young croud, so unless you are a parent, or a Bakugon geek, skip this movie.
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1:35PM on 12/21/2010

How Can you not know?

You are correct, Bakugan's are similar to Pokemon, Digimon, etc. I don't personally care about them, but my son drives me nuts to get some for him all the time, he's got quite a collection, unfortunatly, it's not one of those product lines that will disappear any time soon, especially with a movie being made that will (logically) be aimed at a very young croud, so unless you are a parent, or a Bakugon geek, skip this movie.
You are correct, Bakugan's are similar to Pokemon, Digimon, etc. I don't personally care about them, but my son drives me nuts to get some for him all the time, he's got quite a collection, unfortunatly, it's not one of those product lines that will disappear any time soon, especially with a movie being made that will (logically) be aimed at a very young croud, so unless you are a parent, or a Bakugon geek, skip this movie.
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11:02AM on 12/21/2010
I had no idea what these were until I saw them popping up where I work. I still don't know what they are, but I know that kids go ape shit crazy over them and steal them all the time so...
I had no idea what these were until I saw them popping up where I work. I still don't know what they are, but I know that kids go ape shit crazy over them and steal them all the time so...
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10:52AM on 12/21/2010
What is Bakugan? The one with the tops, the one with the unfolding robots, or the one with the cards? Aw who give a shit?!
What is Bakugan? The one with the tops, the one with the unfolding robots, or the one with the cards? Aw who give a shit?!
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1:36PM on 12/21/2010
they are unfolding robots with magnetic cards
they are unfolding robots with magnetic cards
10:48AM on 12/21/2010

Whatever...

It's a movie geared towards boys between the ages of 5 and 12. Why even bother writing about this? Let them have their dumb movie.
It's a movie geared towards boys between the ages of 5 and 12. Why even bother writing about this? Let them have their dumb movie.
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10:31AM on 12/21/2010
The bakugan toys are cool, my cousin collect them, but the cartoon plot is overly stupid and I don't know how a Hollywood studio can make it any better.. If you wanna make a movie about japanese stuff do it about Zoids, Code Geass, Trinity Blood, Raxephon, Evangelion, Hellsing or Demon Lord Dante, blasfemy is becoming popular these days.. stupid Hollywood..
The bakugan toys are cool, my cousin collect them, but the cartoon plot is overly stupid and I don't know how a Hollywood studio can make it any better.. If you wanna make a movie about japanese stuff do it about Zoids, Code Geass, Trinity Blood, Raxephon, Evangelion, Hellsing or Demon Lord Dante, blasfemy is becoming popular these days.. stupid Hollywood..
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9:52AM on 12/21/2010
Seriously? I mean, really?
Seriously? I mean, really?
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