Movies Based on Toys and Games That'll Bring Out the Kid in You
Seeking to capitalize on a preexisting fan base, Hollywood studios have regularly crafted films around popular toys and games. 'Jem and the Holograms,' based on Hasbro's popular toy and mid-'80s animated series, is just the latest. Now, go play with these other movies based on games and toys.
The Lego Movie (2014)
The colorful building blocks loved by kids everywhere finally made their big-screen debut in 2014 to huge success, spawning several sequels and spin-offs.
Long before the first 'Transformers' movie hit the big screen, Transformer toys were all the rage with kids. Somehow Michael Bay made it work, and the series is up to 5 movies, the 5th coming out in 2017.
The board game Battleship was brought to life on the big screen in 2012. Directed by Peter Berg, it was intended to celebrate the military. Did you know? Rihanna had a small role.
Mars Attacks (1996)
Director Tim Burton based 'Mars Attacks!' on a series of science-fiction trading cards that were popular in the 1960s.
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
'The Care Bears Movie' was one of the first feature films to be based directly on a toy line.
Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
This fantasy film was based on the world famous Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. It wasn't very good, but it did get a sequel five years later. In 2015, Warner Bros. announced another movie based on the game -- let's hope it becomes reality rather than just a fantasy.
The classic board game brought murder to the big screen and gave audiences a chance to finally figure out who killed whom with what. Written by John Landis and with an all-star cast including Eileen Brennan and Madeline Kahn, it was not only fun but also funny.
Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer (1986)
This animated film featured the greeting card character Rainbow Brite, which was licensed to Mattel in 1984 -- the same year she debuted in her own series.
My Little Pony: The Movie (1985)
'My Little Pony: The Movie' was a 1986 animated feature film based on the "My Little Pony" toy line. Danny DeVito, Madeline Kahn and Cloris Leachman lent their voices to the characters.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (2009)
When the original G.I. Joe action figures were introduced back in the 1960s, no one had any idea that 40 years later these small soldiers would invade movie theaters around the world.
This classic horror film showed what can happen when you mess around with a Ouija board. Answer: nothing good.
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Starring Dolph Lundgren, this feature film brought Mattel's classic early '80s Masters of the Universe to life, with Dolph Lundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as his nemesis Skeletor.