Top 10 Cartoons Turned Into Live Action Films

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The chick rock movie Jem and the Holograms you’ve been waiting all summer for finally hits theaters this Friday, October 23rd!!!! Yayyyyy!!! While we can’t wait to see what happens backstage with Jem and her alter ego Jerrica just on the merits of the awesome trailer alone, we are doubly excited because the new film is a live action adaptation of our fave old school animated series!!! Wait, you didn’t know that Jem has been around quite awhile, long before YouTube and Spotify!!??!?! Yes, indeed. Jem and her backing band The Holograms were featured on an animated series back in the mid 1980’s and even had their own line of awesome lady punk rock action figures!!!

But taking 80’s animated gems and going all live action on them isn’t a new thing. In fact, Jem is just another adaptation in a long line of adaptations of old school animated faves. The Smurfs are an obvious 80’s animated adaptation, but did you know the GI Joe films were based on an 80’s animated show and Hasbro toy line? Crazy, right? For more fun facts, check out our picks for the Top 10 Animated Shows Turned Into Live Action Films, complete with a pic of the old school cartoon, and a peek at the modern live action adaptation! Also, if you want to familiarize yourself with the original Jem universe before hitting theaters, all 65 episodes of the animated series are streaming now on Netflix!
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The original ‘Jem’ which aired in open syndication from 1985 to 1988.
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The new film starring Aubrey Peeples as Jerrica/Jem opening this Friday!
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The original cartoon Chipmunks, which aired on NBC from 1983-1990.
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The modern Alvin, Simon, and Theodore starring Jason Lee as Dave in the 2007 live action film.
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The original cartoon Smurf family, which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1989.
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The live action Smurfs getting lost in NYC in the 2011 film adaptation.
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The cartoon Flintstone and Rubble families from the Hannah-Barbera cartoon that ran from 1960-1966.
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The live action Flintstones from the 1994 film starring Rosie O’Donnell and John Goodman.
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The GI Joe: A Real American Hero animated series that aired from 1985-1991.
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The 2013 sequel to the 2009 Rise of the Cobra starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and Bruce Willis.
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Jon, Odie, and Garfield on the CBS show Garfield and Friends that ran from 1988-1994.
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Our lasagna loving feline in the 2004 live action adaptation where he’s voiced by none other than Bill Murray.
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The OG Scooby gang from Scooby Doo Where Are You? which ran from 1969-70 but spawned like a gazillion animated movies to follow over the years.
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That other Scooby Gang from the 2002 live action film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Linda Cardellini.
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The original fearsome foursome from the 1987-1996 cartoon series that aired on CBS.
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The crazy modern CGI turtles on the half shell with Megan Fox in the 2014 live action adaptation from Michael Bay.
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Some familiar Transformers from the 1985-1987 animated series.
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A live action Transformer from the 2007 Michael Bay film starring Shia LeBeouf.
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