4 Action Cartoons We Want Adapted to Film

Break.com Staff by Break.com Staff on Mar. 21, 2013

Transformers and GI Joe have both been huge hits despite the fact critics would rather be doused in boiling oil than experience them again, and of course they’ve been so successful, more are on the way.  GI Joe: Retaliation features an even bigger cast including Bruce Willis and the Rock, and Transformers 4 is said to start an entirely new trilogy, once Michael Bay is done adapting another cartoon to film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  With all this 80s and 90s nostalgia turning up on screen, we thought we’d propose a few more favorites from childhood we’d like to see made into movies.  Why?  Because kick ass explosions, that’s why.

Pro Stars

Pro Stars was TV’s most thinly veiled marketing attempt ever, and that’s saying something.  It featured Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan as super heroes who shared the same Jewish mother because cartoons in the early 90s didn’t need to make any sense whatsoever as long as they could sell cereal and action figures.  And also Nikes, which was the main point of this show.  However, it also featured Bo Jackson literally beating a man with a tree, which is amazing in every way.  If we can’t get Steven Spielberg to get these three athletes to bring this show to life today, we’ve failed as a society.

Thundercats

No one doesn’t like Thundercats, because it’s a show about space cats who fight a mummy.  What more could a kid need in a TV show?  And it featured Cheetara who may or may not have been a naked cat lady depending on how well the episode was drawn, as sometimes it just seemed like she had nothing on.  Meow.

All that’s needed to make this a successful movie is Jonah Hill as Snarf, Scarlett Johansson as Cheetara and Tyler Perry as Panthro.  Maybe cast Christian Bale as Lion-O.  The movie would make millions.

Voltron

Arguably this has been remade about a thousand times over thanks to the insufferable Power Ranger franchise and probably about 100 other Japanese shows that have almost the exact same premise of small robots joining into a big robot to fight another big robot or monster but there’s a reason there have been so many shows like that – it’s an awesome idea.  The execution often sucks, but who wouldn’t want to merge their Prius into a giant Prius monstrosity that can topple buildings if the situation called for it?  So yeah.  Voltron!

He-Man

Yes, this was made into a movie already but, just as with the Punisher, if you make a movie starring Dolph Lundgren, you’re allowed to pretend it never happened and try again.  This time around a little more effort needs to be put in and maybe keep Billy Barty and his magic Casio keyboard out of it.  Once that’s done, hire someone who can act.  Literally anyone who can act.  Include CG muscles if you need to, but come on.  If the guy can act, the rest of the movie falls into place.  Oh, and cast James Carville as Skeletor.  Tell me I’m wrong on that choice.

We've probably missed dozens of cartoons that would make some bad ass movies, so let us know in the comments.  We’ll forward all suggestions on to our buddy Uwe Boll.

40 comments
Soberfoe
Soberfoe User

Valerie Harper would be good as Skeletor in about 2 weeks.

Soberfoe
Soberfoe

Valerie Harper would be good as Skeletor in about 2 weeks.

MoFlop
MoFlop User

Biker Mice from Mars

MoFlop
MoFlop

Biker Mice from Mars

Matt-Cude-35
Matt-Cude-35 User

No one wants Voltron adapted to film, Michael Bay already fucked us once we wont fall for it again.

Matt-Cude-35
Matt-Cude-35

No one wants Voltron adapted to film, Michael Bay already fucked us once we wont fall for it again.

warrioricp
warrioricp

Wacky Racers include that on the list Michael Richards not to take Christoper Lloyd, love them both greatly. He also can or should be in it, Never gets the recognition he deserves.

WOLFMUTT
WOLFMUTT User

Gargoyles. I even have the technique, story, an casting picked out.

WOLFMUTT
WOLFMUTT

Gargoyles. I even have the technique, story, an casting picked out.

Aaron-Stone-797
Aaron-Stone-797 User

I think JEM & SHE-RA should be released as movies also.That's just my 2 pics.He Man was released as a movie back in the day,but no one has even attempted to do a SHE-RA movie.I can think of about 5 girls to play the roll & not 1 is an A or B list actor.All 5 would be dead on perfect for the roll of SHE-RA.Not some girl that doesn't have the looks like they always do.(Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke is an example)

Aaron-Stone-797
Aaron-Stone-797

I think JEM & SHE-RA should be released as movies also.That's just my 2 pics.He Man was released as a movie back in the day,but no one has even attempted to do a SHE-RA movie.I can think of about 5 girls to play the roll & not 1 is an A or B list actor.All 5 would be dead on perfect for the roll of SHE-RA.Not some girl that doesn't have the looks like they always do.(Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke is an example)

LB74
LB74

Inhumanoids. Although I thought the Dolph Lundgren Masters flick was decent ,and was fun ride back in my childhood.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier UserTop Commenter

Dino Riders. And once transformers gets a fourth movie, it can no longer be a trilogy, break.

The-Langolier
The-Langolier

Dino Riders. And once transformers gets a fourth movie, it can no longer be a trilogy, break.

Mekon
Mekon User

Nah, it has to be Battle of the Planets, Wacky Races, or even Jamie and His Magic Torch

Mekon
Mekon

Nah, it has to be Battle of the Planets, Wacky Races, or even Jamie and His Magic Torch

TheBoyx3
TheBoyx3 User

it wasn't an action cartoon per se but "Galaxy High" had the best opening theme song ever and needs to be brought back or movie-tised.

TheBoyx3
TheBoyx3

it wasn't an action cartoon per se but "Galaxy High" had the best opening theme song ever and needs to be brought back or movie-tised.

John-Poirier-665
John-Poirier-665

I think I speak for all boomers when I say we are ready for the live action film version of the Whacky Racers. Just think of the casting possibilities! My first dilemma: Whether to cast John Goodman as Sarge or Rufus Roughcut. Christopher Llyod as Professor Pat Pending. Christian Bale as Peter Perfect. Who's up for Lindsey Lohan as Penelope Pitstop? No? Even if we let her do her own stunt driving? Drunk? How about Jack Black as one of the Og Brothers? Or he can play both. Arnold Swarzhenegge

Tyrantlord
Tyrantlord User

He-Man and Thundercats are currently in production.

Tyrantlord
Tyrantlord

He-Man and Thundercats are currently in production.

warrioricp
warrioricp

Wacky Racers include that on the list Michael Richards not to take Christoper Lloyd, love them both greatly. He also can or should be in it, Never gets the recognition he deserves.