Have Your Say: Which Animation Won't Ever Be Remade In Live-Action?

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Have Your Say: Which Animation Won't Ever Be Remade In Live-Action?
Look away all you want, it won't change the fact that Bill Condon's live-action Beauty and the Beast hauled in a whopping 170 million dollars last weekend. And you know what that means: we'll be getting more of these.

"These" being live-action remakes of animated films.

Normally I'd be loath to call Beauty and the Beast a live-action remake, seeing as how there are two damn good live-action versions out already, but in this case Buena Vista deliberately chose the music, script and designs of Disney's 1991 classic as their starting point. We don't need to wait long for the next big-budget live action remake, either: next week we get Rupert Sanders' Ghost in the Shell. If that one is a financial winner as well, you can expect that many of the Japanese animation classics will be scrutinized for live-action remake potential.

Originally I wanted to ask all of you which animated classic you'd think would follow, but Insider's glance at Disney's plans renders that question moot ("ALL OF THEM" comes pretty close...). So this is what I want to know instead: which animated film or series will, in your opinion, never EVER be remade as live-action?

Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!

(P.S.: I must be a terrible person, because the first three examples I could think of, I'd actually love to see in live-action. Heh...)
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  • Finnfangfoom

    Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle. ( Sorry, I simply couldn't resist.)

  • Brandon Rauk-Mitchell

    Simpsons movie

  • Samuel Trejo

    Ninja Scroll(jube ninpucho)

  • rantingsw3de

    Masaaki Yuasa's MINDGAME! Too bizarre and zany to be anything but anime.

  • Ard Vijn

    Bam! You just won the Internet.

  • jammamon

    triplettes de belleville!

  • Zetobelt

    Spirited Away
    Wolf Children
    Grave of the Fireflies (But I think there are a couple of live-actions)

  • Zetobelt

    Perfect Blue. No, wait, they remade it as Black Swan!

  • Yojimbo

    Fritz the Cat and Akira.

  • Fredrik Johansen

    Fantastic Planet

  • Ard Vijn

    René Laloux' GANDAHAR!

  • Plague Dogs and Bible Black.

  • Michael Bates

    Twilight of the Cockroaches

  • Bakshi's pre-Lord of the Rings movies.

  • Pat

    Also Vampire Hunter D

  • David Smith

    Fantasia obviously

  • Ard Vijn

    Well... parts of it are apparently on Disney's agenda, according to that Insider article mentioned above.

  • Pat

    Damn someone already said paprika and Dead Leaves!

    I nicely made Jin Roh live action would be my wet dream. But I don't think that can count, since it was made from Oshii's two live-action films. Never the less, I want my Little Red Riding Hood Kerberos Greek tragedy!!!

    Red line would probably impossible. I would like to see someone make a short just to see if it is humanly possible. But hey, if other people and I are listing Dead Leaves than Red line is not that big of a stretch.

    Also where is my full film adaption of
    Luis Bricenco and David Alapont's 2009 short film Fard or Blusher!!! Can someone from twitch reach out and see why it never happened, because I read they were thinking about making it future length.

  • Ard Vijn

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  • bricriu .

    Isn't Inception basically a live action remake of Paprika?

  • Ard Vijn

    No, definitely not, though PAPRIKA was obviously one of the inspirations.

  • bricriu .

    I jest! The similarities are undeniable though, as many have pointed out elsewhere. My vote would have to be Yellow Submarine. Not only would they need to add so much CGI it'd be practically a cartoon anyway, they'd still have the Beatles, (living and dead), to contend with. And as hyped as Hollywood seems to be to put dead celebs in new content, I doubt it'd ever come to fruition.

  • Pat

    La Blue Girl was already made live action buddy!

  • Ard Vijn

    It was? (Googling) OO-er, a trilogy even I see!

  • the hong Kong cavaliers

    Ulysses 31 , why ?? Caus stop ruining my childhood nostalgia hollywood

  • omnisemantic1

    Production I.G.'s "Dead Leaves".
    If you need to ask, you clearly haven't seen it, which means you should get to it ;)

  • Ard Vijn

    Yes and yes!

  • Ard Vijn

    My personal top 3 in this regard:


    (Also there's that Italian garbage-fest about the giant octopus who saved all people on the Titanic...)

  • highly_suspicious

    Can you imagine how sad and confusing an Overfiend film would be?

  • Ard Vijn

    Yes! And awful and unbelievably funny.

  • highly_suspicious

    This already sounds like a good idea.

    Somebody get me Uwe Boll's number, four beers, and my conversation hat.

  • Zetobelt

    "Which Animation Won't Ever Be Remade In Live-Action"? Or "Which Animation Should Not Ever Be Remade In Live-Action"?

  • Ard Vijn

    The first, but feel free to talk about the second!

  • Ben de Klos

    My neighbour Totoro

  • Just the thought of someone *trying* to make a live action adaptation of this makes me shake with rage.

  • Ard Vijn

    Imagine the Catbus, rendered by the team who brought you live-action Garfield and live-action Scooby-Doo.
    Actually, don't...

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