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

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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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Ben de KlosMarch 21, 2017 10:12 AM

My neighbour Totoro

ZetobeltMarch 21, 2017 10:16 AM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 11:06 AM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 11:07 AM

My personal top 3 in this regard:

1: FRITZ THE CAT
2: UROTSUKIDOJI
3: EVANGELION: 3.33 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO

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

omnisemantic1March 21, 2017 11:37 AM

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

the hong Kong cavaliersMarch 21, 2017 12:00 PM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 12:27 PM

Yes and yes!

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 12:29 PM

Additional honorable mentions on our Facebook page so far:

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
LA BLUE GIRL
GIRLS UND PANZER
HEAVY METAL
PAPRIKA

PatMarch 21, 2017 12:49 PM

La Blue Girl was already made live action buddy!

PatMarch 21, 2017 1:07 PM

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.

David SmithMarch 21, 2017 1:16 PM

Fantasia obviously

PatMarch 21, 2017 1:24 PM

Also Vampire Hunter D

Andrew MackMarch 21, 2017 1:46 PM

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

Unflinching_EyeMarch 21, 2017 3:07 PM

Bakshi's pre-Lord of the Rings movies.

bricriu .March 21, 2017 4:16 PM

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

highly_suspiciousMarch 21, 2017 5:34 PM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 7:04 PM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 7:04 PM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 7:05 PM

Yes! And awful and unbelievably funny.

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 7:07 PM

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

Ard VijnMarch 21, 2017 7:09 PM

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

Michael BatesMarch 21, 2017 9:04 PM

Twilight of the Cockroaches

Research MonkeyMarch 22, 2017 2:16 AM

Plague Dogs and Bible Black.

highly_suspiciousMarch 22, 2017 5:12 AM

This already sounds like a good idea.

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

Ard VijnMarch 22, 2017 5:18 AM

René Laloux' GANDAHAR!

Fredrik JohansenMarch 22, 2017 6:11 AM

Fantastic Planet

YojimboMarch 22, 2017 7:08 AM

Fritz the Cat and Akira.

bricriu .March 22, 2017 11:09 AM

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.

ZetobeltMarch 22, 2017 11:51 AM

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

ZetobeltMarch 23, 2017 7:17 AM

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

jammamonMarch 23, 2017 9:17 AM

triplettes de belleville!

rantingsw3deMarch 24, 2017 9:55 AM

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

Samuel TrejoMarch 25, 2017 2:02 PM

Ninja Scroll(jube ninpucho)

Ard VijnMarch 26, 2017 11:38 AM

Bam! You just won the Internet.

Brandon Rauk-MitchellMarch 28, 2017 2:14 PM

Simpsons movie

FinnfangfoomApril 12, 2017 2:21 AM

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