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See what could've been in the Hong Kong Phooey and Marvin The Martian live-action test reel!

Dec. 28, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Director Alex Zamm has produced some of the most asinine movies you ever saw on a DVD shelf.  From Carrot Top's CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD to INSPECTOR GADGET 2 to TOOTH FAIRY 2 and an upcoming new version of THE LITTLE RASCALS, Zamm is essentially the go-to guy for all those DTV sequels and prequels that leave you shaking your head with "just why?" rolling off your tongue. 

With that said, I have to give Zamm at least a little credit for this test reel for adaptations of both Hong Kong Phooey and Marvin the Martian, which is much more in line with the types of cartoons I'd like to see adapted.  Granted, what we see here isn't blow-your-hair-back awesome, but it's still a little compelling, if for no other reason than the Looney Tunes connection.  The Hong Kong Phooey piece is literally all toilet humor and the Marvin The Martian piece is a cutesy intro with an annoying kid, but there's some promise there.  Both projects are sitting in limbo somewhere, so it's unknown if they'll ever take flight, but it's kind of cool to see what could've been, even if we dodged a few bullets.

Th-Th-Th-Th-That's all folks!:

Zamm's adaptation of THE LITTLE RASCALS is set for (surprise!) video release sometime in 2013.  I'm sure you'll be checking back here daily to find out just when.

Extra Tidbit: What Looney Tunes character would you most like to see get the live-action treatment? I'm partial to The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.

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12:01AM on 12/30/2012

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How about a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Marvin the Martian as a villain? Times have gotten tough in Toon Town because people are no longer making hand drawn cartoons. Some characters release Marvin the Martian from a prison in Toon Town and he goes on a rampage in the real world and Roger and Jessica need to stop him.
How about a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Marvin the Martian as a villain? Times have gotten tough in Toon Town because people are no longer making hand drawn cartoons. Some characters release Marvin the Martian from a prison in Toon Town and he goes on a rampage in the real world and Roger and Jessica need to stop him.
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2:02AM on 12/29/2012

they look good (not great)

Hong Kong Phooey looks better than UNDERDOG
so what if they are kids flicks... Marvin looked great....
Hong Kong Phooey looks better than UNDERDOG
so what if they are kids flicks... Marvin looked great....
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6:03PM on 12/28/2012
While I really like how Marvin was animated both films look like kids movies in which case they'd probably do well. Not something I would watch though.
While I really like how Marvin was animated both films look like kids movies in which case they'd probably do well. Not something I would watch though.
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5:42PM on 12/28/2012
While I'd like to see movie adaptions based on these characters, I'd prefer to see Phooey minus one Eddie Murphy. No one could ever top Scatman Crothers as the voice of HKP, but at first thought I'd throw Tracy Morgan out there as a my choice (personally speaking). But as Hollywood works, Murphy is more of a bankable star even though his movies as of late have been pure dreck.
While I'd like to see movie adaptions based on these characters, I'd prefer to see Phooey minus one Eddie Murphy. No one could ever top Scatman Crothers as the voice of HKP, but at first thought I'd throw Tracy Morgan out there as a my choice (personally speaking). But as Hollywood works, Murphy is more of a bankable star even though his movies as of late have been pure dreck.
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5:21PM on 12/28/2012
It sound like Eddie Murphy is doing Hong Kong Phooey and The Marvin the Martian short seem like and advert so much product placement, Michael Bay would be proud
It sound like Eddie Murphy is doing Hong Kong Phooey and The Marvin the Martian short seem like and advert so much product placement, Michael Bay would be proud
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4:51PM on 12/28/2012

Shocking

See what these kind of movies need to do, is really revel in their original influences as there's a whole new audience out there for those kind of movie pastiches who weren't around for the originals. Case in point, seventies b-movie kung fu flicks and 50's b-movie drive in sci-fi movies.

I saw maybe ONE influence in them both and that was the crash zoom on Hong Kong Phooey. Other than that it was all poop jokes and shitty "modern hip" kid humour from the Martian short. They don't need to be
See what these kind of movies need to do, is really revel in their original influences as there's a whole new audience out there for those kind of movie pastiches who weren't around for the originals. Case in point, seventies b-movie kung fu flicks and 50's b-movie drive in sci-fi movies.

I saw maybe ONE influence in them both and that was the crash zoom on Hong Kong Phooey. Other than that it was all poop jokes and shitty "modern hip" kid humour from the Martian short. They don't need to be "adult" aimed movies, but they can be kids movies without shameless pandering to the lowest common denominator. They should utterly drench themselves in the charm and style of the movies that the original animated shorts got their influences from. And by that I don't mean shameless parodies of scenes we've seen a million times, but just adding their niche genres unique flavour to the movies. That and get rid of the groin, piss, poop and fart jokes.
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2:06PM on 12/28/2012
Whats up with groin jokes in kids movies? I never thought that stuff was funny. I could barely understand Phooey, and Marvin the Martian was cool, but the kid ruined it.
Whats up with groin jokes in kids movies? I never thought that stuff was funny. I could barely understand Phooey, and Marvin the Martian was cool, but the kid ruined it.
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1:59PM on 12/28/2012

Interesting...

Hong Kong Phooey was...well, phooey (as in, awful). they got the tone completely wrong. Adding toilet humour is just...not good. I always imagined someone doing a Danny Glover or Bill Crosby impression. That would probably be better. Marvin the martian actually looked promising. I'd say, do marvin and polish (no pun intended) Hong Kong Phooey and we have a chance.
Hong Kong Phooey was...well, phooey (as in, awful). they got the tone completely wrong. Adding toilet humour is just...not good. I always imagined someone doing a Danny Glover or Bill Crosby impression. That would probably be better. Marvin the martian actually looked promising. I'd say, do marvin and polish (no pun intended) Hong Kong Phooey and we have a chance.
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1:37PM on 12/28/2012

as shorts...yes

they honestly werent terrible shorts. but i dont think i'd want to watch more than 5 minutes of these. But i'm glad these movies didnt get made
they honestly werent terrible shorts. but i dont think i'd want to watch more than 5 minutes of these. But i'm glad these movies didnt get made
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1:03PM on 12/28/2012
I liked the Schindlers List shoutout
I liked the Schindlers List shoutout
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1:01PM on 12/28/2012
To be fair, these clips weren't half bad. These D and even F-list characters would never stand on their own on the big screen but the characterization is spot on, the voice acting is solid, and the humor was a bit over the top. I wouldn't be opposed to checking out a direct-to-dvd feature if one were made.
To be fair, these clips weren't half bad. These D and even F-list characters would never stand on their own on the big screen but the characterization is spot on, the voice acting is solid, and the humor was a bit over the top. I wouldn't be opposed to checking out a direct-to-dvd feature if one were made.
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12:48PM on 12/28/2012

Those were actually pretty good

I'm surprised how good those short were. Though I have a feeling they'd be awfully as feature length films, but as shorts they're pretty entertaining. I think they should more of them for the web or something.
I'm surprised how good those short were. Though I have a feeling they'd be awfully as feature length films, but as shorts they're pretty entertaining. I think they should more of them for the web or something.
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12:41PM on 12/28/2012

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None! Absolutely n one. These cartoons work best by being exactly what they are - animated cartoons. CG takes away all the magic and humor out of them. Just look at ALL of the examples we had thus far - Smurfs, Yogi, Chipmunks, etc. They just don't mix well with human characters and work best in their own unique, loony world.
None! Absolutely n one. These cartoons work best by being exactly what they are - animated cartoons. CG takes away all the magic and humor out of them. Just look at ALL of the examples we had thus far - Smurfs, Yogi, Chipmunks, etc. They just don't mix well with human characters and work best in their own unique, loony world.
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11:58AM on 12/28/2012
Well......I think the animation looked nice.
Well......I think the animation looked nice.
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