Warner Bros. is planning to reboot the “Scooby-Doo” movie franchise. Of course, the original “Scooby-Doo” has aired in one form or another on television for over four decades now. The story has a group of kids who travel around in their van, called the Mystery Machine, solving crimes that people think are supernatural but usually involve an old man in a mask.
With the new “Scooby-Doo” movies on the way, and the word that the franchise is starting over from scratch, here is a look at other classic television cartoons that have seen a big screen live-action movie treatment.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that “Scooby-Doo” came to the big screen. The first “Scooby-Doo” movie came to the big screen in 2002 with an almost perfect cast. Matthew Lillard was perfect as Shaggy while Linda Cardellini was spot-on as Velma. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar rounded out the main cast with a CG Scooby-Doo. A sequel came two years later with a script written by “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn that played off the fan hatred of Scrappy-Doo.
Created in 1939 as a comic book character and 1945 as an animated cartoon character, Casper is a child-like ghost who refuses to be scary despite the expectations that he is supposed to be. One of the most controversial things about Casper was whether or not he was a supernatural being or was the ghost of a dead child. I 1995, a live-action “Casper” movie came out and he was a dead child. The film, starring Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman, had a CG ghost interacting with the human characters.
Arguably, one of the worst carton movie adaptations ever made was based on “The Flintstones.” Originally created in 1960 as a cartoon sitcom, the animated series told the story of a Stone Age family and their friends going through their daily lives. The cartoon was brought to the big screen in 1994 with John Goodman starring as Fred Flintstone and Rick Moranis as his best buddy Barney Rubble. Elizabeth Taylor, Halle Berry and Rosie O’Donnell also co-starred.