Top 10 Cartoon Network Shows deserving of live action movie adaptations; Part 1


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Growing up in the outskirts of Eldoret town in Kenya, I loved almost everything that was showing on the T.V screen. Whether it was reality shows e.g W.W.E and Big Brother, T.V series e.g 24 and One Tree Hill or even movies e.g Men in Black or Armageddon. Basically, I was all about the entertainment.

To be more precise, I would say that I was more interested in cartoons than any other thing on screen and understandably so; I was a kid. The likes of Jacob Two Two and 6 teen are shows I loved a lot and couldn’t afford to miss out on nonetheless, Cartoon Network shows in particular were the ones I loved most.

Fast forward to the present, I am more into films than cartoons but I envision Hollywood production companies taking on Cartoon Network properties and making serious films out of them; I really do. I believe there are a bunch of C.N shows that can be adapted well on screen, hence my top 10 list of associated shows that deserve proper live action movie adaptations. It’s a list that I will do in a 10 part series over the course of 4 weeks because I can’t cover all the information in a single article; it would be very lengthy.

That said, in at number 10 is…



This cartoon’s take on the Grim Reaper folklore is one that I didn’t really get in the beginning but over time, I grew to understand it. Basically, the Grim Reaper is known by many to be the very personification of death itselfIn some mythologies, the Reaper causes the victim’s death by coming to collect that person. That’s some pretty dark stuff if you ask me.

However, American animator Maxwell Atoms came up with an ingenious idea of turning the dark nature of the Grim Reaper and making a kids cartoon series out of it with an incredibly lighthearted tone and it worked; at least eventually. The latter was brilliantly enhanced by two humorous supporting characters. On one hand we have Billy who, in a nut-shell, is just a completely idiotic young boy and on the other hand we have Mandy, a laid back girl with an ‘I don’t care’ attitude.

I could seriously see this cartoon being adapted into a Sci-Fi comedy adventure. It could incorporate most of the elements from the cartoon with the exception of the occasional campy feel e.g Billy eating so much food that it starts filling up his gut and gradually spills out of his mouth. Additionally, the film might as well copy the premise that defined the very first episode with the Grim Reaper attempting take Mandy’s hamster Mr. Snuggles to the afterlife and paste it into it’s own original narrative.

Depending on how well a film like this is received, perhaps a franchise might sprout out of it; something that I assume could possibly happen. Who knows?

Anyway, that was part 1… nine more to go. Next up is a cartoon show set in a world full of monsters and demons, does that ring a bell maybe? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this as well as my number 10 pick in the comment section below. As always, thanks for reading and click on that follow button to keep up to date with my latest posts.

-Thomas Kitinya.



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