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Family Friendly Movie Guide

Movies from Board Games – What's to Come…or Not

By: Tara McNamara on May 17, 2012 at 10:57AM Comments (6)

Battleship is this summer's Transformers, and I mean that literally. Not only do both feature aliens with metal-like machinery which changes from mode of transportation into active weaponry, but they are also Hasbro toys turned into over-the-top, profanity-laden action films aimed at teen boys.

Transformers inspired the movie trend that brings Battleship to moviegoers today. However, the board game is one of the few toy properties that actually made it to the big screen. This year, the multiplex was supposed to be jampacked with toy adaptations like Clue, Magic 8 Ball, Ouija and Monopoly.

Hollywood has mostly abandoned development on these projects; it seems transforming an inanimate object into two hours of entertainment is tougher than expected. Transformers is the exception rather than the rule, probably because a mythology already existed for the Autobots and Decepticons.

Why did Hollywood ever think turning toys into movies would work? Audiences tend to like to see movies with familiar elements, a formula for success seen in the revival of Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Smurfs, and all of the Marvel superhero movies.

Battleship does succeed in delivering a fun payoff for everyone who played the board game: the E-11/B-5 grid, hearing "hit" and "miss" during battle, and watching each of the boats get hit and sunk.

Some toy movies are still in the works, like Stretch Armstrong, Candyland starring Adam Sandler, Major Matt Mason starring Tom Hanks and movies built around Legos and Micronauts. But on June 29, action figure fans should soak in G.I. Joe: Retaliation…it's the last toy movie we'll see for a while.

Other than Battleship, here are three other films to see this weekend:

(For The Adults) What to Expect When You're Expecting. Kids will appreciate your hiring a babysitter for this one, but the star-packed cast promises to bring back the memories of all the awkward hilarity and beauty in the process of pregnancy for parents.

 

 

The Avengers. It turns out if a bunch of superheroes are put into one movie, the result is indeed one super movie!

 

 

 

The Pirates! Band of Misifts. An inept pirate captain just might win Pirate of the Year Award when he teams up with Charles Darwin. The movie will appeal to kids but the sight gags and subtle jokes make Pirates! a fun film for grown-ups as well.

 

 

 

To read what kids think about the films mentioned here, go to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

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  • May 22nd 2012 2:08AM

    elmodude8  said...

    Candy Land and Monopoly as a movie is just begging for a flop. Monopoly would be the most boring thing ever to watch as a movie, when I think of Monopoly being a movie I think of the film Wall Street lol. Candy Land was referred in an interview as a Lord of the Rings background/landscape mixed with a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story. That just sounds aweful. Ouija movie has pretty much been done to death as it's in pretty much every paranormal/supernatural movie. When it all comes down to it this is just a perfect example of how desperate the film industry is getting to come up with ideas for movies. What they don't realize is just because you have an idea doesn't mean you should follow through with it.

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  • May 18th 2012 10:03PM

    pygmyrat  said...

    There's already a HUNGRY, HUNGRY HIPPOS! movie on-line. You can find the movie mentioned at: wwwcine-man(dot)blogspot(dot)com. ( wwwcine- is one word. ) Well, actually, it's a hybrid movie about Hungry, Hungry Hippos and Barrel of Monkeys. It's worth the look. So, go check it out for yourself!

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  • May 18th 2012 9:34AM

    babadavis1  said...

    Oops...meant Kenner, not Mattel above.

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  • May 18th 2012 9:33AM

    babadavis1  said...

    Transformers did not exisst as a cartoon (or even a brand) in Japan until Hasbro (actually Mattel) came along. Hasbro licensed the toy designs from Japan, andf then put together the backstory (with some help from Marvel comics). The Japanese company (Takara, now Takara-Tomy) then liked what they saw, and re-released the toys with similar branding and a translation of the American cartoon. G.I. Joe toys existed long before the show, dating back to the 60s, I beleive, with the 12" inch figures. Monopoly could make a fun comedy- 6 rich people from different industries (cars, sneakers, dog grooming, etc.) all scheming to get their hands on a specific block of property. Put in a bunch of great comedians in an ensemble cast (Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Chris Rock, Melissa McCarthy), and you could pull it off.

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  • May 18th 2012 8:47AM

    mckaigg  said...

    No need to do a "Ouija" movie since the board has already been featured in many cheesy horror movies. 8 ball? Monopoly? Seriously?? Clue has already been done. Anyone remember the three different endings depending on which theater you went to? What a great cast as well. Tim Curry, Madelinie Kahn, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, others I can't remember right now. Just as in the previous comment here, G.I. Joe and Transformers make sense since they were a long running comic book and animated series. I loved playing Battleship as a kid but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought a movie would be made of it. Was there ever a story around the game? When is the Scrabble movie coming out?? ;-)

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  • May 18th 2012 6:27AM

    dianablount  said...

    Neither Transformers nor G.I. Joe should be classified as toy movies because both had comic books and long running cartoon shows (Transformers ran in Japan as a cartoon long before Hasbro ever made the first toy) and both had a deep culture and multitude of characters.

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