I tried to find a version of this that would embed, but alas, I must send you to Youtube instead. 

What you have here is the trailer for the new Thundercats series that has recently premiered on Cartoon Network.  I’m not going to lie, it looks kind of awesome, but seriously, can’t we come up with original things instead of rehashing my entire childhood?  (Also, where is Panthero?)

My childhood is rearing its head all over the place lately, and not in the fun, nostalgic way.  Apparently it has been decided that we need a redo on the entirety of the 80s, and By God, we are going to do it Right this time, if by Right you mean “buff everyone up, add more explosions, and sexify the whole thing.”  And they do.

Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Smurfs, both cartoon staples of my childhood, now have horrific live-action movies.  (Actually, add G.I.Joe in there as well.  Oh, yes, and Transformers.)  Aside from the new Thundercats cartoon, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Strawberry Shortcake all have new series as well.  Even TRON, a cult classic, now has a sequel (though admittedly, it was pretty awesome).  And I hear they’re remaking Short Circuit?  But the original is perfect  The new My Little Pony I will forgive even though they have no noses.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I understand liking something when you’re a kid and as an adult, wanting to revisit it and maybe make it better.  I know I have shows and movies that I love that have always felt like something’s missing.  But seriously, I feel like there’s nothing left at this point.  We have redone everything good from the 80s, with varying levels of success, and all that’s left now is to make a Jabberjaw movie and then move onto the 90s.  (Live-action Dexter’s Laboratory, perhaps?)

And yet, despite all that, there’s still no remake of Rainbow Brite to be found.  Get your priorities straight, Hollywood.

Get Off My Childhood
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7 thoughts on “Get Off My Childhood

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Teddy Ruxpin was the creepiest toy of all time (til the furbies came along).

  • August 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Oh, come on. You know you’re waiting to be cast in a live-action Gem and the Holograms movie.

    Seriously, I do need them to stop raping my childhood. I feel more icky with each big-screen remake.

    But Thundercats is surprisingly awesome. We’ve started eating Coco Puffs on Saturday mornings while we watch it on the DVR. If Netflix would just get more Syd & Marty Kroft shows, we’d have our Saturday morning cartoons all set.

  • August 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I’m waiting for the Care Bears to return, then I’ll whine about them “ruining” my childhood…

    Even if I like the new Ponies.

  • August 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Do revivals of things like Star Trek (TNG) and Doctor Who count in this category of messing up your childhood? Or BSG? Where do you draw the line on reboots, because you can make the case that some of these comebacks have been pretty awesome.

    Of course, the rebuttal to my above argument is one simple word: Voyager. Ugh.


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