Don’t Ruin My Childhood’s Legacy – The Problem with Reboots, Spinoffs, and Remakes

In my 22+ years of life, I’ve seen many trends come and go, classic TV shows take their final bow, the birth of Instagram, the rising popularity of social media, and the rebirth of childhood shows through modernization. I’ve spent most of last year complaining that I never got to see Def Leppard in Vegas, Bon Jovi with Richie Sambora, and AC/DC with Malcolm Young, that I forgot about how lucky I was to have experienced such childhood classics. Those include Blue’s Clues (1996 – 2006), Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000 – 2003), Barney & Friends (1992 – 2010), Go, Diego, Go! (2005 – 2011), Dragon Tales (1999 – 2005), and The Wiggles. In order to stay sane, I have to keep reminding myself to be grateful for what I have and the things that I’ve experienced. I was lucky enough to experience such classic Disney films too, before the Walt Disney Company ruined them with all of these live-action remakes. 

That’s a perfect segway into today’s post, the problem with reboots, spinoffs, and remakes. Of course, the obvious reason is that the original movie/series is always going to be better. I’ll use Girl Meets World (2014 – 2017) as an example because it didn’t capture the magic and learning experience of the show it was based on, Boy Meets World (1993 – 2000). Girl Meets World had a few good lessons, my favorite being people change people, but I felt like a majority of the show focused on the love triangle between Riley, Maya, and Lucas; that fiasco began in the second season and ended in the last season. Let’s be real, the highlight of the show was seeing Topanga, Cory, Shawn, and Eric as adults. 

Fuller House (2016 – 2020) was based on my favorite show of all time, Full House (1987 – 1995), and honestly, it wasn’t necessary. I did a review of Fuller House on my blog in July 2020, so feel free to check that out here! Besides the fact that they made the show too modern by adding cell phones, social media, and Billie Eilish, it didn’t cover the same intense topics that its predecessor covered. Full House covered drunk driving, smoking, peer pressure, death, bullying, learning to drive, and body image; the biggest thing I learned from Fuller House was to never talk bad about your girlfriend behind her back. The only good thing that came from the spinoff was that Steve and D.J. got married!

Now, with all of these Disney live-action remakes, all of them are pretty pointless, but the Walt Disney Company continues to make them because they feel like younger generations aren’t going to watch the original films. It’s like they think kids these days hate old films. But let me tell you something, just because you add cool technology and special effects to a film, it does not make the film special. Another downside to these live-action remakes is that some of them just use the same storyline from the original film, which is stupid. Then, some creators try to come up with different stories for these characters, either with the main character or the villain. Like seriously, what is up with these movies on Cruella de Vil and Maleficent? I want to hate the villains, not feel sorry for them, so stop giving them sad backstories to make the tables turn!

Moving onto reboots, I hate them because they ruin the legacy of the original series and again, the new series is not as good as the original. Blue’s Clues & You! (2019 – present), for example, may have its fans with the younger kids these days, but kids that grew up in the 2000s, like me, may think it’s awful. You may be asking this, why would I be watching a kid’s show? Because I want to make sure the reboot doesn’t destroy the original characters’ legacies. I did a small rant about my hatred of Blue’s Clues & You! in a previous post titled, My Trouble with CD Cases, so feel free to check that out as well! But what I hate about the reboot is that they repeated most of the original series’ episode plotlines, they gave the new host a cell phone, they changed the classic songs and made them more “hip,” they replaced Mailbox with email, and the new host doesn’t capture the same quirkiness and likeability factor that the original hosts brought to Blue’s Clues.

To make matters worse, there’s going to be a live-action Clifford the Big Red Dog film that was supposed to be released on September 17, but COVID-19 had other plans. While I thought the trailer was funny, I’m scared to see this film because Clifford is such a beloved character from my childhood, who enjoyed helping people on the original series. The new film, however, looks like it’s going to portray Clifford as a trouble maker struggling to adjust to his new life in the big city. Seriously, filmmakers can’t think of their own ideas for new films? We already had Cifford’s Really Big Movie (2004), which was supposed to be the series finale because John Ritter, the voice of Clifford, died five months before the film was released in theaters. Apparently, there’s also a reboot of Clifford the Big Red Dog (2019 – present), which I had no idea existed, but I’m sure Clifford’s Puppy Days (2003 – 2006) was better!

I can also talk about why I feel like modernization is ruining society, but that’s for another time. To summarize it all up, reboots, spinoffs, and remakes are pointless because they’re not as good as the original movies/series they are based on, it ruins these classic characters’ legacies, and it proves that creators are getting lazy and running out of good ideas for entertainment. Besides, look at American Idol (2002 – 2016 and 2018 – present), the longer a show goes on, the worse it gets! I don’t want to end this post on a sour note, so I’ll end it by saying that I’m grateful to have grown up with such wonderful classic shows/movies because they made me who I am today. Heck, I got my sarcasm from Full House!

Let me know in the comments below what you think of all these remakes, reboots, and spin offs of such classic childhood shows/films!

Take care and see ya real soon!

Lana

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  1. Great idea for a post. My dad raised me on the original versions of stuff. Reboots even existed when I was a kid, The most memorable one was Invasion of the Body Snatchers. There was a remake in the 1970s with Leonard Nimoy. My dad said, “Naaaahh, you want the original black and white.” He was right! Same with King Kong or any of the others I grew up with. Heck we didn’t even like Star Trek: the Next Generation until season 5.

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    1. Thanks so much Mike! Good for you that your dad raised you to like the original stuff. It’s crazy to think that reboots were common when you were young, I thought they were a younger generations thing. Wait so you’ve seen the King Kong film from 1933? That was the original film I’m guessing.

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      1. I have seen it many times! It used to run on TV every couple years. I have not seen the remake with Jeff Bridges, but I do like the recent one by Peter Jackson. Original films and shows are a funny thing. They show was our prejudices used to be. Like in the original 1965 Star Trek pilot the Captain says something like “I’ll never get used to a woman on the bridge.” In a later episode it’s implied women cannot be captains. And this is one of the most progressive shows in the history of TV! So it’s interesting. Although we have a long long way to go, it does show we’ve changed a little.

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      2. Wow, that’s an old film and it still played on TV, wow! I didn’t even know Jack Black was in the Peter Jackson one; there are a lot of King Kong films. Yeah the original films show our prejudice, I agree. The original Aladdin film had a lot of Arabian racist portrayals. That’s what the remakes try to do, make these classic films more modern and show that we’ve learned from our mistakes.

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      3. I think it’s OK to update things to make them more applicable to today. Of course doing it well is a whole other matter. Things should be historically accurate but when it’s Star Trek, then yes in the future women would be captains! And crews would be very diverse. The shows have gotten more and more diverse as years went on and I think that’s great, This year Star Trek got its first black female captain.

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      4. They struck a perfect balance with TNG. That show was open minded and intelligent without being petty or condescending to the past. The attitude of that show was one of “lets move forward and always self-improve.” I think that’s why audiences hate Discovery and the new Picard show. All the bitterness, hostility, profanity, covert identity politics, Trump condemnations, etc.

        I heard someone say Star Trek used to reflect what we aspired to be, and now it reflects what we are.

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      5. I didn’t even know there was a Star Trek: Discovery. It’s interesting hearing that interpretation of ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ because I thought it was just a space show and another version of ‘Star Wars.’ I didn’t know it had that ‘let’s move forward and always self-improve” type of attitude.

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      6. The girl is a Q (a nearly god like entity with powers). She just found out. The other guy (not Picard) is a Q too who represents the species. He says she has to come join them or be destroyed since it’s too dangerous to have omnipotent being running around. Picard is taking exception to this.

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  2. Sadly there will always be reboots because Hollywood has run out of ideas. But as Mike said, we had our share of them as well. And it is very rare where a reboot is any good so you would think why bother, but sometimes it works and that is probably what keeps them coming.

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    1. I guess besides the nostalgia, it’s that unpredictability that motivates creators to do more reboots. Like you said, some of them work, while others don’t. I just want it to stop, but unfortunately, that’s never going to happen.

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  3. Great post! Ironically, I have just watched the original five films from “The Planet of the Apes” series and each one got continually worse. I did watch the 2001 remake with Mark Wahlberg but give me the original anytime.

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    1. I didn’t even know there was a film before ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ that’s crazy! Or that Mark Wahlberg was in one of those films!

      You know what drives me nuts though, ‘The Karate Kid’ remake. I love the Justin Bieber song in the film, but the dang film wasn’t even about karate, it was about kung fu!

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      1. I loved it when it first came out, but as I got older, it started to bother me that it wasn’t karate-based like the original. They should’ve called it ‘The Kung Fu Kid,’ if that was the case.

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      2. That’s what I said it “can” sound offensive, but since the character was talking to actual apes, it makes sense. But if he were talking to an actual person, that’d be a whole different story.

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  4. Live long enough and see all your favourite bands’ songs and your favourite movies/shows remade by others while the originals get forgotten. It’s a cannibalistic industry, it’ll always happen. As ROLLINS said, “just more crap from a culture that’s evaporating.”

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    1. Shoot, I forgot to talk about songs being remade. Then again, I watched more TV than listened to music as a kid. That’s sad though, seeing all of these classics fade away and be replaced by the modern times.

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      1. ‘Toy Story 4′ is just awful, don’t watch it! They ruined the characters’ development leading up to ‘Toy Story 3.’ That is so true though, Disney milk their cash cows big time. It’s interesting you said that cause I was watching a YouTube video last night about how Disney Channel died.

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      2. Yeah, it’s a shame that this is what Disney Channel turned into. Shows like ‘Lizzie McGuire,’ ‘That’s So Raven,’ and ‘Hannah Montana,’ etc. gave great lessons back then and they related to kids in the 2000s. Now, the shows don’t have the same humor and they don’t give many life lessons anymore. Also, streaming influenced the downfall in content.

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      3. Haha, yeah in 2016 they did this show called ‘Bizaardvark’ about two internet sensations and the title describes the whole show basically. There’s also a show that premiered in 2018 called ‘Coop & Cami Ask the World,’ which is about two siblings who have like a channel where they make decisions based on what their followers want. When will this social media stuff end?!?!

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      4. I mean social media hasn’t been all bad, musicians have found good use for them. Then again, stuff like streaming services are part of the reason why they have to charge more for their merchandise and concert tickets now.

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      5. Well if you were just getting notices from them somehow, that would be alright. And FB has the concert connections… I get it, I just don’t engage with it, myself. I really don’t care if others do!

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      6. My memory of it is hazy but I seem to recall times when the only way to get tickets to a show was through FB. Anyway, it’s not a punishment – I just don’t do it. I don’t think about it, or miss it, or want it yet deny myself. I just don’t have it. Easy.

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      7. I don’t have much experience buying concert tickets and now that I think about it, it’s kind of sad knowing that the first time I bought concert tickets, I had to get a refund due to covid. The second time, I can’t go to the concert anymore due to covid, but for some reason, I can’t get a refund lol.

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      8. Yeah well, they have a great recorded history you can enjoy. I say that as a Stones fan (I know all about it). I went to see them in concert in 1994 because I wanted to be sure to catch them before they kicked off… They’re still out there now lol.

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      9. My mission is to see all of my new favorite bands in concert before they retire. Dang, that’s impressive they’re still around, especially since Mick Jagger is 78 (and has eight children with five women).

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      10. I’m sorry you missed Sabbath, but at least you saw most of the bands/artists you wanted to see live!

        I’m not the one to judge, but it does seem chaotic to have that many kids with different people.

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      11. Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Sloan, Tragically Hip, Black Crowes, Rollins Band, Pixies, it’s a long list. One favourite I’ve not yet seen is GBV, but they rarely come to Canada and, if they do (like this year) it’s in Toronto (3 hours from here) and in December (shite weather). So it goes.

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