It looks like Hasbro is going to once again reboot two of our favorite animated TV shows, G.I. Joe and Transformers! These are shows many of you and myself grew up watching. I remember running home from school to catch them on TV. These are shows that I absolutely loved, shows that have gone through a few pretty bad animated reboots already, and that have been adapted into big budget action flicks. Why reboot them again? Because the movies have been incredibly successful, its a chance for them to cash in on the movies success.
Margot Loesch in the new President and CEO of the Hub network, which is replacing Discovery Kids. She announced the new animated reboots at a press conference recently, and here's what she had to say:
Absolutely, we look forward to it. They've got some engaging characters, some great stories, and it's really sort of come full circle. When we were producing the shows years ago, we knew that we had something special with some of those programs. It's fun to reinvigorate them now, reinvent them and come back and bring new programming.
My only hope is that they don't develop these new animated series using inspiration from the movies because I don't want to see the animated series ruined as well. But, from the sound of it, that doesn't look like what they are going to do.
I think you'll like what we're doing, because creatively what we're trying to do is embrace what was done previously—the mythology and the legacy—but also take it forward with some new characters and then sort of digging deep a little bit into the existing characters and revealing more about them. I think you'll be very happy. Look, one of the things I worry about most are those die-hard fans that write me and say, 'Don't ruin it.' So we're not going to ruin it. It's going to be really good.
OK then! So it looks like they got my letters! Thats good to know. I understand that the demographics for a TV show like this is for children in the age range of 6 to 12, but I still watch cartoons if they're good. If not, I don't bother. If these turn out anything like the animated movie G.I. Joe: Resolute then you can definitely count me in.
This is for kids and their families. We really think that there's going to be some broad appeal. Clearly, from a content perspective, we don't want to air anything that's inappropriate for kids age 6-12, but is the storytelling going to be engaging for you and me? Absolutely. When we sit in a room and write stories, we're doing it to entertain ourselves. We're trying to challenge our own imaginations. That's why I don't think we'll disappoint the old fans, we won't disappoint the teens.
I really like what I'm hearing. It sounds like they are actually going to put some effort into these series and make them good.
What do you all think about this new Hub station rebooting a couple of our favorite cartoons?