Please somebody make it stop. Why are they messing with my wonderful childhood memories and making live action versions of cartoons? First it was that horrible live action version of The Cat In The Hat. Even though I love Mike Myers it just was plain creepy to watch this movie. Then they did Grinch with Jim Carey. Aaarrgghhh! What were they thinking? Again, just way too creepy to watch. When you watch something a bazillion times as a little kid you know how the story is supposed to go and you know what the story is supposed to look like. Something about these movies just didn’t jive with my memories of watching these cartoons when I was a kid. I have never been able to sit though an entire showing of either of these movies.
Then Monday night they did it again. NBC did a horrible thing to one of my all time favorite Christmas cartoons. They did "A Year Without A Santa Claus" in live action. The network executive that had the bright idea to do this show should be driven out of Hollywood. Did anybody see this thing? It was awful. John Goodman as Santa? Delta Burke as Mrs. Claus – BTW she looked like she had waayyy too much work done to her upper lip. Every time she was on screen, all I could do was look at her lip and wonder what the heck happened?
But the part that made me just want to cry was the "Heatmeiser/Snowmeiser" musical number. Michael McKean as Snowmeiser? Harvey Fierstein as Heatmeiser? No. No. No. That number is my most favorite part of the entire show . . . . my sister and I would sing that song for weeks after watching that show . . . and they destroyed it. They took one of my most cherished holiday memories and destroyed it. It was so bad that I turned the channel after that part.
But I learned a very valuable lesson. Never watch a live action remake of a beloved childhood cartoon. The memories are way better than anything that Hollywood can create.