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By popular demand, a forum devoted to Mr. Philo T. Farnsworth's remarkable invention.
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TV to MOVIE
Topic by: Majorwriting
Posted: July 7, 2004 - 4:43 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 7, 2004 - 7:09 AM PDT

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author topic: TV to MOVIE
Majorwriting
post #1  on July 7, 2004 - 4:43 PM PDT  
As more and more TV shows get their own movie through the years there have been two main results from this. First, there is a retelling of the TV series in a single feature a la Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth. Second, there is the extra long episode of the TV series result as is exemplified by X-files the Movie, Powerpuff Girls the Movie, and even Cowboy Bebop.

Personally, I like it when a TV series goes to the big screen, but I expect it to be a MOVIE not an extra long episode or some rehash of the plot. Examples of a TV series recieving a true movie include Transformers and GI JOE the movies.

What is your opinion on the current trend of TV series being converted for the big screen and can you name any worthy transformations?
dh22
post #2  on July 12, 2004 - 6:24 AM PDT  
Speakingly strickly about US shows, they usually suck. The producers of these films seem to always create the film to take advantage of the previous popularity of the show, which they know will gaurantee them some money. Examples, Charlie's Angels, SWAT, The Mod Squad, Josie and The Pusscats, etc. The makers think they can grab a concept that already exists, throw a few recognizable faces in it, and make a hit. It almost never works, and its because they don't put any real time and effort into the film. Its just a superficial attempt, and it usually makes me not want to see it. There have been very few worthy attempts at the transition from TV to the big screen. Star Trek probably being the most notable. It was successful primarily because Gene Roddenberry cared very much about, and wasn't about to let it get messed up. That's the way it out to be.

BTW, I love both the GI Joe and Transformers movies. I have them both on tape. :)
JBellows
post #3  on July 19, 2004 - 7:04 AM PDT  
Serenity
sinisterguffaw
post #4  on July 19, 2004 - 11:37 AM PDT  
I believe you meant to say Serenity.
JBellows
post #5  on July 19, 2004 - 8:59 PM PDT  
I did. And you are right.

Thanks!

> On July 19, 2004 - 11:37 AM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I believe you meant to say Serenity.
> ---------------------------------

KPman1
post #6  on September 1, 2004 - 12:04 AM PDT  
The Good:
Mission Impossible I and II
Twilight Zone The Movie
Brady Bunch Movie
The Addams Family
Star Trek II and IV
Beavis and Butthead Do America
Dragnet
The Fugitive
Maverick
The Untouchables
South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

The Really Really Bad:
Wild Wild West (This is the worst remake ever)
Sgt. Bilko
Addams Family Values

Looking Forward to: Dukes of Hazard, and The Six Million Dollar Man
sinisterguffaw
post #7  on September 1, 2004 - 3:25 PM PDT  
> On September 1, 2004 - 12:04 AM PDT KPman1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The Mediocre:
> Mission Impossible I
> Twilight Zone The Movie
> Brady Bunch Movie
> The Addams Family
> Star Trek II and IV
> Beavis and Butthead Do America
> Dragnet
> The Fugitive
> Maverick
> The Untouchables
>
> The Really Really Bad:
> Wild Wild West (This is the worst remake ever)
> Sgt. Bilko
> Addams Family Values
> Mission Impossible II
>
> Looking Forward to Completely Dismissing: Dukes of Hazard, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Thunderbirds Are Go.
> ---------------------------------

You're list was broken, so I fixed it! ^_^
Heh heh. Just kiddin. I didn't fix it. I stole it and changed the meaning entirely!!!
Bowwow
post #8  on September 1, 2004 - 3:33 PM PDT  
Sometimes I find such conversions interesting. There are certain tv shows that simply look better with a big budget and on the big screen. The Adams Family comes to mind. Star Trek too although somehow they still managed to make some of those badly. The truth is though that I would make a terrible movie critic because I like most movies.

I cant think of any tv show to movie conversions that I really hated but I am sure there must be one or two out there that I just havent seen yet.

IronS
post #9  on September 1, 2004 - 3:44 PM PDT  
> Looking Forward to: Dukes of Hazard
>

The Dukes of Hazzard series was based on the movie The Moonrunners. With the Dukes of Hazzard movie coming out, it has gone full circle.
woozy
post #10  on September 1, 2004 - 3:50 PM PDT  
Ya know. I just realized the trend of Movies to TV shows has all but disappeared. It was an odd trend as it nearly always failed. In fact the only ones I know that didn't fail were MASH, Alice (terrible show; but successful), and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer. I think these survived for three different reasons. Alice had a simple premise and characters and could carry on rather than just redoing the movie story, MASH redid the characters and gave room for growth, Buffy completely redid the story and took a life of its own.

Oh, I guess HighLander was successful to. Science Fiction cult shows that run with it and make their own rules often are successful.

Does anyone remember these BAD movies to shows. Baghdad Cafe, (great movie; bizaarly bad show) Party Girl, and arrgh, brain freeze.
Bowwow
post #11  on September 1, 2004 - 3:54 PM PDT  
They made a TV show out of Party Girl? Weird.

Dukes of Hazzard was based on movie? Even weirder

Bowwow
post #12  on September 1, 2004 - 3:56 PM PDT  
Wasnt Hogan's Heros based on some movie?
Ditto Pettycoat Junction and F-troop.

?????

Cinenaut
post #13  on September 1, 2004 - 4:38 PM PDT  
> On September 1, 2004 - 3:56 PM PDT Bowwow wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Wasnt Hogan's Heros based on some movie?
> Ditto Pettycoat Junction and F-troop.
>
> ?????
> ---------------------------------

Hogan's Heroes owes a lot to Stalag 17, which is worth a look. You'll also note that one of the coops in Chicken Run is #17.

woozy
post #14  on September 1, 2004 - 4:40 PM PDT  
> They made a TV show out of Party Girl? Weird.

It lasted half a season on fox about 10 years ago. The pilot pretty much followed the movie. (Party Girl forced to work with aunt in library and learns to like it.) At the time I belonged to a librarian students newsgroup and we were all abuzz about whether this would improve the public perception of librarians and wouldn't it be cool if the party girl goes to library school (yes, there is a school for library studies, sheesh!) and maybe more people would be encouraged to go to school. But of course it turned into a classless farce in the second episode. I only saw one episode where the library is sent some rare 17th century chasity belts to display and the party girl accidently locks one on over her clothing and then the board of the lending museum is coming to check up on how the belts are being handled and the librarian is flustered and doesn't know what to do and the party girl is flustered with a bunch of metal around her crotch and so the board from the museum comes on and suddenly the party girl shots lasers and techno-pop music and she and her party friends come down in wild outfits as though this was the intended display and the board is impressed with this imaginative creative display and leaves happy and the librarian is happy she didn't lose her job and some how the chasity belt gets taken off and thank god the show got cancelled two weeks later.

Now, THAT should have been my GTTVS game!

Now one of these days I'm going to make up a weird tv show or movie and see if I can stump you into believing it.

> Dukes of Hazzard was based on movie? Even weirder

Little known fact. Duke of Hazards is based on the Faulkner novel The Hamlet. The TV directors felt the Ben Quick character needed a buddy for kicks and cars for the younger audiences.
Bowwow
post #15  on September 1, 2004 - 5:08 PM PDT  
Are you a librarian, woozy? Like Party Girl? Do you lust after middle eastern guys at falafel stands?

That show sounds like it would be fun to rent for one of my famous "bad movie" parties even though it isnt really a movie. It still sounds like fun. wooo chastity belts, libraries and party people. woooooo
woozy
post #16  on September 1, 2004 - 5:15 PM PDT  
> On September 1, 2004 - 5:08 PM PDT Bowwow wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Are you a librarian, woozy? Like Party Girl? Do you lust after middle eastern guys at falafel stands?
>
I studied in a Library School to study issues of networked information and I have a master's degree in Library and Information Science, but no, I don't consider myself a librarian. I consider myself an electronic information specialist which means I sit around on message boards when I should be doing something useful.
Bowwow
post #17  on September 1, 2004 - 5:20 PM PDT  
> On September 1, 2004 - 5:15 PM PDT woozy wrote:
I consider myself an electronic information specialist which means I sit around on message boards when I should be doing something useful.
> ---------------------------------

by that logic, I am an electronic information specialist too. it is hard to type without thumbs

oldkingcole
post #18  on September 1, 2004 - 5:27 PM PDT  
> On September 1, 2004 - 3:50 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ya know. I just realized the trend of Movies to TV shows has all but disappeared. It was an odd trend as it nearly always failed. In fact the only ones I know that didn't fail were MASH, Alice (terrible show; but successful), and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Another successful one (though old) was The Odd Couple.
woozy
post #19  on September 1, 2004 - 6:26 PM PDT  
> Another successful one (though old) was The Odd Couple.
> ---------------------------------

D'oh!

KPman1
post #20  on September 1, 2004 - 9:22 PM PDT  
They should make a TV show out of the City of Lost Children. That movie is so poorly writen, it can only improve.

A-Team should get a movie too, because...because I like it.
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