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80s kids either squealed or cried when they heard that the beloved cartoon Jems and the Holograms was slated to be turned into a feature length movie. Oftentimes, turning a beloved 80s cartoon into a movie requires selling the soul of the original show itself. It looks nothing like what we remembered, and usually the entire premise just doesn’t feel right. Or maybe that’s just how some of us feel, since movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Smurfs appear to do pretty well, or at least well enough to deserve a sequel.

As if Jem and the Hologram fans needed one more thing to worry about, it was announced that Christ Marx, the creator of the original series, will not be involved in the production of the movie. In fact, not only will she not be involved, she had no idea a movie was even in the works until a few days before the rest of the world heard the news. And she didn’t hold back in expressing how unhappy that made her feel, as any writer or creator would likely feel when they’re shut out of a project like that.

She went on to mention that she’s unhappy with the team putting the film together. There are two male producers, a male director, and a male writer. Not a single female is involved in the production of a show which was predominantly marketed to girls in the 80s– and is one that revolves around females, too. She asked a fair question of the production team, ‘Where is the female voice? Where is the female perspective? Where are the women?”

Even all these things considered, Marx insisted that fans should hold off on judgment until there’s a movie to watch. She’s staying neutral on the entire thing, and has spoke highly about the film’s producer, Jon M. Chu, who was the person to informed her that it was in the works. She says that he’s treated her with respect, and he’s passionate about creating the best Jem movie he can make. Of course, this means he’s going to be reinventing Jem for a current audience, and she says he’s taking a somewhat different approach from what she’d would have taken. But Marx is sure to emphasize that different isn’t necessarily bad.

She ended her statement by saying that she hopes “he delivers an excellent, truly outrageous move.”

Only time will tell, and I’m sure 80s fans remain cautious, yet hopeful that Hollywood doesn’t destroy yet another childhood favorite of theirs.

The 80’s cartoon, Jem and the Holograms, centered around Jem, the lead singer of the rock band, Jem and the Holograms. Jem is really Jerrica, who is the owner and manager of Starlight Music. Jerrica adopts the rock star persona with the help of a holographic computer, known as Synergy, that projects the “Jem hologram” over herself, disguising her features. She’s also able to project holograms from her earrings that provide special effects for the performance of her group.

So yes… a total 80s cartoon in every way. It should be interesting to see how they adapt this one for a modern audience. What do you think? Will Hollywood get it right? Or should they have left well enough alone?

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