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The Worst Teen Revamp Ever?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    It seems like a number of franchises or series that focus on a character or characters who are young children almost always end up having a pre-teen or teen revamp years later, either to try to move the characters on to the next level, try to reach out to different audiences, or even try to re-introduce them to new audiences altogether. Rugrats, Powerpuff Girls, Dora the Explorer have all had some kind of teen or "growing up" revamp, and for the most part, have stayed pretty true to their original roots... however, THIS teen revamp has possibly got to be the worst there has ever been conceived!

    Now, just to throw you guys off, I've cropped out the logo and the picture-within-the-picture just to see if you guys can figure what this is supposed to be a teen revamp of (I don't know if Drtooth would be stumped though), because these characters look NOTHING like their original counterparts:

    In fact, these Brazilian Manga characters (that's right, Brazilian Manga... must be the next big thing, like French Anime) supposedly aren't even so much counterparts of the original characters they're supposed to be portraying, they're DESCENDANTS of the original characters (and just happen to have the exact same names, which really adds insult to injury).
  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member


    EDIT: Alright, what is it? I honestly have no clue.
  3. Scooterforever

    Scooterforever Well-Known Member

    Worst Teen Revamp Ever goes to Loonatics. I think the Looney Toons and WB's animation department are still reeling from that one:sigh:.
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  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I can't believe the show has a diehard fanbase that doesn't think it deserves the crap it got, even though it totally does. Though I caught some season 2 episodes, an they did try to turn the show around by making villains out of actually Looney Tunes characters instead of dry, stale stereotypes lifted from every action cartoon ever made. My problem with Loonatics wasn't so much they were trying to "anime-ize" (and by Anime, I mean something that only exists in the minds of a 50 year old white guy with an ulcer) classic characters to make them modern super heroes... it's that they made a bland show with interchangeable characters that are completely unlikable in every sense of the word. There's a lot of potential in Super Hero Looney Tunes. Too bad we got something that's worse than Sunday Morning Bohbot Animation block programming.

    Yeah, I have no idea who they are, and secondly... it's Brazilian manga. I hear terrible things, or at least so bad it's good things about their Mega Man comics.
  5. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Dexter's Lab? Rocket Power? X_X

    I have no idea...design wise though they aren't *that* bad :/
  6. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    The guy in the green vest looks Archie-ish, but why would they need a teen reboot of something that involves young characters in the first place? So I'm guessing it's not that.

    Aside from that I have nothing.
  7. galagr

    galagr Well-Known Member

    :confused: I have not the foggiest who these are. The guy on the far left sort of looks like Archie........
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Okey-doke folks, here it is...

    This Brazilian Manga is a teen revamp of...

    Are you ready for this?

    *Drum roll*

    Little Lulu.

    Yep. This apparently started sometime in 2008 or 2009 as another attempt to revive Little Lulu for newer generations... so they decide to make a manga about her and her friends as teenagers... or I guess more accurately, descendents, because the girl in the middle (yes, that's supposed to be Lulu) is the original Lulu's granddaughter (and that picture she's holding is of the Cinar/HBO Lulu)... but that doesn't explain how the OTHERS exist. The kid in the ballcap is supposed to be Tubby, who's now a wannabe rockstar and has formed a garage band with Iggie (who I guess that's who's standing next to him); the blonde girl is Gloria who is not quite the snob she originally was; and the girl on the far right is Annie who is now a gamer/comic book nerd (and if she's also a cosplayer, I am going to cry).
  9. Sgt Floyd

    Sgt Floyd Well-Known Member

    Wonderful. I'm guessing its another gamer girl stereotype that will make me want to punch whoever thought of it in the face :smirk:

    Though I can't say I've heard of this show :/
  10. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Making a teen version is one thing, but do the character designs have to be so bland? That's the main reason I couldn't tell that it was a teen version of Little Lulu: it's because the style is no different from any other manga out there. :rolleyes:
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  11. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    But on that same token, it's almost like comparing the Goombas of the live action Super Mario Bros. movie to the Goombas in the original games and such... it's almost as if they went out of their way to make sure that they look nothing like the originals. Heck, even this underground 70s anime series of Little Lulu that I didn't know existed until now looks to be more true to the original sources than this.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    And you know what's really terrible? There already WAS a Japanese produced Little Lulu anime! And she didn't look a thing like that. Sure, she had an anime redesign, but it was extremely subtle. Her hair was dark brown and the characters had large Gag Manga mouths. That subtle.

    You might remember that version if you're old enough.

    Actually.. one more thing. Japan ALSO had their own Lulu Manga...


    And sadly, that looks pretty accurate to the actual little Lulu in actual anime form. This from the country that Made Spider-Man a Power Ranger and gave him a robot, and made the TMNT into Saint Seyia characters and Wolverine clones (but were fairly accurate everywhere else). Still better than some weird Brazilian magazine.
  13. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's basically the point I was making, with each little revamp over the years, despite a few slight and subtle redesigns, everything stayed pretty true and accurate to the original source... really, the only major difference I can tell is that in the Cinar/HBO series, Lulu's personality is toned down a bit compared to say, the original Paramount shorts of the 1940s, or even the original comics of the 1930s, where she's more of a troublemaking brat at times, but I'm sure this is because they didn't want her to be a negative role model for little girls who may be watching.

    And again, while not too many people jump for joy over the "teen" or "growed up" revamps, at least most of them stay fairly true to the original sources, and the designs simply look like what the characters may look like as teenagers... this, on the other hand, looks nothing like Lulu, Tubby, Annie, etc, and from what I've read about the manga itself, they don't even sound anything like the original characters.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Well, this is a Brazilian comic, so I guess it's not going to be anywhere else, thankfully.

    But what really bugs me is when they say "anime" style, it's some Sailor Moon looking stereotype. Trust me... Anime can look like



    Or even this little beauty...

    Yeah... TMS TOTALLY stole some layouts and background character Models after Animaniacs.

    That's why Westerners have trouble aping true anime style... they only know several cliches.

    Though I will say this... Brazil has just a right to make Ginzu manga as anyone else. Europe and South America got LOTS of animes we didn't before we did. When Robotech was a novelty, they already had Dragon Ball.
  15. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I just watched some of the 70s Lulu animes on YouTube... boy, some of those voices are actually pretty annoying (and I'm talking about the English dubs)... and... why does Lulu SCREAM so much?!
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The show would be great if the dub didn't suck! What I really hate is that lousy "Bullets" music... well, I'm not sure it was the Bullets, but they massacre anime scores with generic music. And people complain about 4Kids... The worst of it? There's a scene in one episode that's obviously a parody of the West Side Story gang dance and snap off, and the American music is generic disco rock. That's right! A Japanese reference to an American product that's ruined in the American version!

    And the voices do suck. A clear case of didn't do the research and watching the old cartoons to do impersonations. Even the rare dub of the weird Powerpuff Girls anime had some impersonations (bad ones) of the American voice actors by the Canadian dub team.

    But I've heard worse in an anime dub.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well speak of the devil...

    I was at this weird new store in town today called Ollie's (basically like Big Lots!, only with more stuff, and a really confusing layout), and found "The Best of Little Lulu" on DVD, though looking at the content, this appears to basically be the entire first season, minus one half hour episode.

    Needless to say, I picked it up for nostalgic purposes, and because save for one of the half hour episodes, I don't have any of the others on tape.

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