Friday, June 01, 2007

It's not like it was 20 years ago

Remember Tamagotchi pets? Those little egg devices with an animated pet you'd feed and take care of? Well, Reuters says that the movie based on these toys is about to come out. The toys were released in 1997, ten years ago.

In what reality does a ten year old novelty item get a movie today? It's not far enough in the past to qualify as retro chic and just far enough to be irrelevant. I'm so confused. I'm pretty sure if the movie were a Tamagotchi, it'd be long dead by now. Why? WHY?!

3 comments:

Amber said...

In what reality does a ten year old novelty item get a movie today?

I was going to point out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as an example, but Wikipedia says 1984, although the previous live action films were between 1990-1993.

Bratz (2001) is also getting their own movie this summer. Are they in or out of fashion nowadays? I'm trying to think of the last time I've seen one.

I think I read that He Man is also getting a movie deal, and of course there's The Transformers. Looks like old toys is the new toys.

On a related topic, I confess to being a Tomagochi mass murderer. I can't even remember how many I've killed, or where I hid the bodies.

Vernox said...

I agree with Amber. But it looks like toys are the new comics for movies. Will they do as well probably not but people just seem to be running out of original ideas as of late.

Ken said...

I'm actually not too shocked by the toy factor. Anything you can make into an action figure is fair game for a movie (i.e. Amber's examples). What confuses me is that this is a novelty item with characters made up of probably like 50 pixels. There was no story, no good vs. evil, and not a theme song worth whistling. This was the childhood version of Locke putting in "the numbers" before something real bad happened. I'm just shocked at what they can make a movie about. It makes the newly licensed Sims movie seem almost Oscar-worthy in comparison.