Moving ever-forward on their quest to recycle every 80s classic television show for the big screen, the entertainment industry has announced the development of films based on The Smurfs and Fraggle Rock. Depending on how this all turns out, it could be either mind-blowingly awesome or simply another smack to your inner-child’s appreciation for these fine franchises.
For a moment, let’s talk green themes. It’s all the rage — from Val Kilmer battling previously-frozen global warming parasites to a cute animated robot searching for electronic love and the key to removing pollution on planet Earth. Hell, even Cameron Diaz is lobbying for Shrek 4 to go green beyond the ogre! So, there are reasons to believe. Let’s tick ‘em off.
The Smurfs live in mushrooms. Some innovative students in the real world have recently created home insulation made from Oyster mushrooms. We think we know where their inspiration came from…
There’s a smurf called Nat Smurf that can talk to animals and “loves all things to do with nature and the environment.”
Gargamel and his cat Azrael hates the Smurfs and everything about them — which we assume includes their love for eco-friendly insulation, vegetarian lifestyle, and forest-loving ways.
According to Wikipedia, Fraggles explore “complex issues of prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, environment, and social conflict.” TOTAL. HIPPIES.
Fraggles live in a natural system of caves and are complete vegans; with a culinary love for radishes.
The Trash Heap, also know as The Oracle (try to keep up), appears to be a giant compost pile. Rockin’!
Ok, I’m going to stop geeking out — but from the above, you can see why both films might embrace some shades of eco-friendly green. Ultimately, I have the most hope for Fraggle Rock, since it’s reported that The Smurfs will be made into some kind of live-action, CGI hybrid — just like Alvin and the Chipmunks. Pass.
One one final note: To the movie industry, please leave Duck Tales and Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers well enough alone. They are sacred. I wouldn’t mind, however, a fully-animated, feature-film Pinky and the Brain. Thanks!