I recently saw some new pics of the Power Ranger’s Megazord toy on Instagram and it got me thinking.
Being young in the late eighties and early nineties was a wonderful time for any kid who liked their all-conquering franchises.
Ninja Turtles. Power Rangers. Ghostbusters.
What do they all have in common? They’ve been rebooted.
Ideas have been remade for as long people have seen a way to either improve on them or make money from them. It’s not a new thing. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t seem to have quite clicked onto this.
“It’s raping my childhood”. “That doesn’t look it should”. “I’ll never be able to look at it the same way again”.
These are the bullshit statements we hear from whiny ‘fans’ every time we see or hear of a beloved franchise getting the R-word. Even more level-headed people get drawn into unfavourably comparing new designs to what they had as a youngster. It’s only natural.
We all need to keep something in mind though. Despite any noises the cast and crew may make…they aren’t for us.
And that’s a good thing.
I’ve got fantastic memories of bustin’ ghosts, wearing my Leo bandanna around shopping centres and shouting “Triceratops” at the top of my lungs in the playground. But as much as I might act like one my childhood has passed.
Why not just let newer generations of kids have their own version and rather than decry it, enjoy it with them? I haven’t got children yet but the idea that there will be another version of Ninja Turtles around when my little ones are growing up excites me no end. They’ll look different and I probably won’t agree with some of the choices but we would be able to share something. How awesome would that be?
The new Power Rangers film looks as though it’s making the most of not being limited by men in suits and archived footage. The latest TMNT films may not have been perfect but they learnt the second time round and gave the kids in the cinema, including me, a lot to be entertained by. Ghostbusters was a much better film than a lot of people would let on and seeing kids dressed up as Holtzman was a joy.
So how about we act like adults, wind our necks in, and let younger generations enjoy these ideas the same way we did. Maybe even support them and try to look at them through the kids’s eyes. Because let’s be honest it’s not as though they were made for us originally purely for enjoyment.
Now if we could just fix the new transformers films…