I love the Gremlins movies. The wonder and horror of the first film was a part of the ratings change in 1984 (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom helped as well). That lead into the amazing sequel- that PARODIES the first! Gremlins 2- The New Batch was the perfect follow up to a movie that Joe Dante didn’t want to copy- so he made fun of it instead. That’s why Gremlins 2- The New Batch is still held as one of the best sequels in history. Move ahead almost three decades, and we have had rumblings about a new Gremlins remake/prequel/sequel/re-imagining have been rumored for a few years now. But last week, the HBO Max media platform announced that we are getting a animated prequel series- Gremlins- Secrets of the Mogwai. We have a synopsis from the Amblin website-
Set in 1920s Shanghai, the series will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.
Gremlins Secrets of the Mogwai is produced by Amblin Television in association with Warner Bros. Animation. The series is being written by Tze Chun and executive produced by Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans, and the Animaniacs and Amazing Stories revivals) and Sam Register (the upcoming Animaniacs revival) with Chun and Brendan Hay serving as co-executive producers. Dan Krall will serve as supervising producer. The series will premiere on HBO Max in 2021.
I have mixed feelings about this. I wanted to see a Gremlins animated show back in the 80’s- you know, a Hanna–Barbera or Filmation 1/2 hour series that was relevant to the source material of the time. I like the prequel aspect- but it sounds like it will have some environmental tones in it- I hope it isn’t too preachy, and will give us a look at the Gremlins mythos we haven’t seen yet, but give us the action and scares the movies gave us. Perhaps giving us a lead in to a new film. Animation should be great- Warner Bros. Animation has given us some of the best cartoons and animated feature films over the last 30 years.
So- what do you think? Are you up for a Gremlins animated series? Or do you think too much time has gone by to care about the Gremlins stories to be relevant today? We will keep and eye on this project and post more info as it is released. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!
I have to admit I went and saw this a few days ago and was debating actually reviewing it but I haven’t done a movie review in a while, so I figured why not!
With that being said this movies isn’t that great boys and girls! If I hadn’t had great company with me; I may have given up on this movie half way through. I should have know better because the plot is basically one that is really played out. I mean we all know that playing with Ouija boards is just stupid and if you don’t now you do leave them alone! I got sucked in by thinking there would be awesome effects with a lot of action because it was produced by Micheal Bay. Wrong! It was the same as every other horror movie like this one; think movies like The Grudge or The Women in Black.
The plot of the movie is pretty blonde girl plays with a Ouija board, something comes out of it. She is terrorized by the entity then dies in an apparent suicide. Her best friend doesn’t believe it. Of course the friend finds the Ouija board which her and other friends use to try to communicate with her. Again this is a bad idea! The entity starts killing them off one by one.
As I said its the same basic plot of a lot of this type of horror movies. I don’t really know if I even have a spoiler for this movie since it is so predicable. I would suggest if you want to see it wait until it’s in Redbox. Don’t waste your money rushing out to catch it in the theater. Unless you just want some quiet time with your special someone then it might be worth it.