Hong Kong Phooey Cartoon Is Hollywood’s Next Saturday Morning Movie

Face it, Hollywood, you’ve run out of original ideas. Everything you spit into our movie theaters is a remake, a rehash, or even a re-do.

Not that remaking movies is necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes that fun, original summer blockbuster is anything but fun or original. We can’t help as movie-goers to appreciate what we like. Our psychology drives us to like what we know. It’s familiar. It’s comforting. “It’s just like Mama used to make.”

So ladies and gentlemen… are you willing to give the classic cartoon Hong Kong Phooey a chance on the silver screen?

And more importantly, what is the best Saturday morning cartoon of all time?


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At its core, Hong Kong Phooey is about a dog that is granted the magical ability to talk like a human, work like a janitor and kick ass like Bruce Lee. Why? Because s#!t like that made sense in the 70’s. Talking animals were all the rage: Scooby-Doo, Jabberjaw, Goober & The Ghost Chasersthe list goes on.

The movie is already off to a good start – Eddie Murphy is cast as an animated dog living in a live action world, which is pretty cool, we guess… wonder what he’ll look like with a Kung Fu flea collar.

So what do you think? Will Hollywood strike the comedy gold-mine with Hong Kong Phooey? Or will it be another animated flop the likes of The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas?

It all started off looking GOOD

Mainstream Movies

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If Hollywood wants Hong Kong Phooey to be great, they need to follow the lead from these classic movies.

Pink Panther (1969)


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Pink Panther (1976)


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The Addams Family (1973)


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The Addams Family (1991)


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Transformers (1984)


Transformers (2009)


If Hollywood isn’t careful, they could end up destroying the classic cartoon. Much like they did with these…

Then it got very, very BAD

Mainstream Movies (cont)

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These movies were awful. End discussion.

The Smurfs (1981)


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The Smurfs (2011)


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Yogi Bear (1961)


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Yogi Bear (2010)

While remaking a classic cartoon is a fragile art, Hollywood does pull through on occasion. Take these for example.

Who’d have thought? They’re NOT SO BAD

Mainstream Movies (cont)

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We wouldn’t mind if Hollywood made these sequels.

Josie & The Pussy Cats (1970)


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Josie & The Pussy Cats (2001)


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Casper The Friendly Ghost (1959)

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Casper The Friendly Ghost (1995)

And the list doesn’t end there – these cartoon classics could be great if Hollywood clears the dust off the shelf.

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What about the B-SIDES?

B-Sides

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These shows deserve some time on the silver screen.

Johnny Quest (1964)


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Animaniacs (1993)


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Honorable mentions:

  • Mighty Mouse (1987)
  • Dexter’s Laboratory (1996)
  • Hey Arnold! (1996)

Don’t forget the DEEP CUTS

Deep Cuts

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Gone but not forgotten.

Wacky Races (1968)


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Captain Caveman (1977)


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Honorable mentions:

  • Magilla Gorilla (1963)
  • Jabberjaw (1976)
  • Thundarr the Barbarian (1980)

Gotta love those LATE NIGHT SPECIALS

Late Night

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Already successful cult classics, we wouldn’t mind seeing a 90-minute late-night-made-for-TV-movie version.

Space Ghost (1966, Remake 1994)
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Ren and Stimpy (1991)


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Honorable mentions:

  • Beavis and Butt-head (1993)
  • Freakazoid (1995)
  • Daria (1997)

Want some more? Take our poll!

What’s Your Favorite Cartoon?

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Choose your top 10 cartoons of all time. Yes, this is the longest poll ever. (That’s what she said.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. david says:

    yup all 70s and 80s cartoons are the best. still crack me up seeing them classic cartoons.

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