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Why Are There So Many Animated Halloween Movies?

Remember a few years ago when there were two comedies about mall cops that came out around the same time? First, there was Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the Kevin James movie from Happy Madison Productions that came out in January of 2009. Then three months later, Seth Rogan starred in Observe and Report, in which a mall cop does a large number of the same things Kevin James does, only in a much darker setting. Neither movie was overly memorable, but it didn’t help that most people couldn’t tell the difference between the two until they sat in the theater. With that in mind, why in the world are their so many animated Halloween themed movies coming out right now?

Already in theaters is ParaNorman, the PG rated comedy horror film from Focus Features. It revolves around a young boy who has the ability to speak to the dead and the misadventures that go along with it. It takes note for being just the second stop motion film to be shot in 3D (the first being 2009’s Coraline from the same studio). Coming this month is Hotel Transylvania, which might as well be a Happy Madison production since it stars Adam Sandler and his usual crew of buddies. In this computer animated 3-D comedy, Sandler plays Dracula, who runs a hotel in Transylvania (of course) specifically for monsters on vacation. Everything is great until a regular American tourist (voiced by Andy Samberg) visits the hotel and zany antics ensue blah blah blah. Meanwhile, Disney steps to the plate in October with the first stop motion 3D comedy horror comedy movie since ParaNorman, with Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. In it, Burton remakes his famous 1984 short film (of the same name), and is essentially Frankenstein as a dog.

Let’s make one thing clear, I am interested in seeing all of these movies and like the idea behind each one individually. However having them all come out at the same time is just too much. Going to work I saw a big billboard for ParaNorman while standing next to a bus stop with a Frankenweenie ad just as a bus passed by promoting Hotel Transylvania. I get that you want a horror themed movie to open around Halloween but all in the same year? One studio couldn’t have the foresight to sit back and be the only animated Halloween movie in October of 2013? How many of the same notes do you think will be hit in all three of these movies?

Beating a dead horse is nothing new in Hollywood (I’m looking at you, vampires). Could there be any more superhero movies right now? There was even a trend of villain themed animated movies in 2010 with Megamind and Despicable Me. But something about the volume and timing of these movie just doesn’t sit right with me. My fear is that because they are all so similar in style and theme (with Hotel Transylvania possibly being both the most different from the other two but ironically also the least original), none of them will do well enough in theaters and therefore we will see less of this type of movie in the future. I love the Wallace and Gromits and Nightmare Before Christmases of the world and want those styles to continue. Best case scenario has all three of them make money because they are all just so good that people have no choice but to go see all three. Considering limited budgets and limited free time however, I just can’t see many people committing to see the same type of movie three months in a row. Then again almost every superhero movie made money (sorry Green Lantern and Ghost Rider) so what do I know.

By the way, Monsters University hits theaters June 21st, 2013.

All Marvel Films ‘Assembled’ into an Avengers Movie Marathon

Do you love the Marvel Universe? I mean do you REALLY love it? Well you can test the limits of your Marvel obsession on May 3rd, because AMC Theaters will be having a marathon showing all 5 of the previous Marvel Studios pictures (Iron Man through Captain America) with the long awaited Avengers movie to be shown at the end. Throw in some Marvel 3-D glasses and a $5 AMC gift card, and you’re getting a fairly decent value for 40 bucks. The only question is, can you stand to be in a movie theater for 15 hours with a bunch of nerds watching six movies, five of which you have already seen.

For a list of theaters showing the marathon, click here.

I’m personally on the fence right now. I’ll definitely be seeing The Avengers on Thursday at midnight, but I’m not sure if I really want to get to the theater at 11:30am and watch all the other movies to do it. Can I leave the theater to get food? With all the other geeks be in costume? Then there is the idea of getting a second person to agree to go with you. So many things have to go right to make it worth it.

What are your thoughts? Would you pay 40 bucks to watch six movies in one sitting?

Five 80’s Cartoons That Need To Make A Comeback

GI Joe is back, so is Voltron, My Little Pony too. Hell, Transformers never even left. It’s not breaking news to say that 80’s cartoon revivals are trending right now. So many of the shows I grew up on are back, and most of them are pretty good (Thundercats! HOOOO!). However there are still a few that for some reason have not made the journey back on TV…yet. Here are the ones I think need to be brought back immediately.

Silverhawks
Robot bird people that fly in spaceships and can also play a mean guitar solo! How did Silverhawks only last one season? Probably because it was a Thundercats clone and not as good. But that doesn’t have to mean anything now when TV and movies are all about drying the well (have enough vampire shows yet?). I don’t even care if they make new episodes, if they can just play this intro for 22 minutes once a week I’m in.

DuckTales
To be fair I could put the entire Disney weekday block on the list (Gummie Bears, Chip n’ Dale etc) but of all of them, DuckTales was the glue that held it all together. Is there a show that got more right during it’s run? Four seasons, which is a big deal for the 80’s,

Rainbow Brite
I have to be fair to both sides of the gender pool don’t I? Let’s face it, Rainbow Brite was pretty damn big. It also shows an independent girl that doesn’t have to be a tomboy. Even further, it birthed one of the more classic slutty Halloween costumes of this generation. My hat is off to you Rainbow Brite. Now check it this version of the intro that explains the entire story in such a way that you almost have to be high as a kite to follow.

Centurions
Back to the action! Centurions could easily be the inspiration for Michael Bay’s work. Three brawny dudes putting on tech suits and blowing up everything in site. The toys meanwhile could be the male equivalent to a Barbie doll. You can basically just buy one of the three and then get all the other suits and accessorize!

Captain N the Gamemaster
Was there ever a better idea? Grab the top names from the NES library (except for Mario and Zelda who had their own shows) and team them up with an everyman from the real world. Can’t miss. I’m not saying they should bring back Mega Man and Simon Belmont, but how about putting Rayman, Sackboy, Ratchet and Clank and Lara Croft. Wanna tell me you wouldn’t watch those adventures?

Any shows that I missed? Sound off in the comments and let me know.