Every week of every season there are dozens of hit TV shows on. Many of them are of the animated variety and more often than not when a show gains a mass audience it’s only a matter of time before they try to cash in at the box office. I went through the memory bank to pick out a handful of animated movies that made it into theaters and were based off of animated TV shows. What I found was far less that I have seen that started as an animated TV show and were adapted into an animated film and more that originated as an animated TV show and adapted into live action. Also, I tried to stay true to movies released theatrically as opposed to direct to DVD or made for TV movies. Low and behold my top five picks for animated movies based of an animated TV show!
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie – It is not with pride that I include this in my list, but mostly with shame. I saw this movie in theaters and when I walked out I actually had a lot of fun watching it; I even bought it on DVD when it came out. Granted I haven’t watched a single episode of SpongeBob since and I haven’t seen the movies in years, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it was not near as dreadful as most children’s movies end up being when they are based off a popular TV show. Given all the other movies on the list, this is far and away the most family friendly pick.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters – The Aqua Teen Hunger Force was one of my absolute favorite TV shows for a while. I love how completely random and angry Master Shake is and all of the shenanigans they get into. I remember being so excited about the movie and I still like it to this day, but it just didn’t really capture what I loved about the show for the entire length of the movie. The Aqua Teens are definitely a group that work better in short 15 minute segments than a full length feature, but it’s still a fun movie.
The Simpsons Movie – Is it blasphemy to admit that I’ve never been a big fan of The Simpsons, but actually really dig THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. I like the occasional episode of The Simpsons but it has never been a show I can sit and watch a whole season all the way through. I really love Homer and a couple other select characters like Krusty and Bart, but sometimes the highlight of The Simpsons for me was when the short little Itchy & Scratchy cartoons were on. The movie I found to be very funny and even had a big dumb heart in the center of it which made it far more watchable overall than running three half hour episodes.
Beavis And Butthead Do America – I grew up in a small town that didn’t have MTV and therefore the Beavis and Butthead TV show was something I could only watch when I went out of town to visit family or staying in a hotel. When the movie came out I rushed out to see it and I still think it’s hilarious to this day. You’ll never mistake comedy like this as being very mature or incredibly witty, but the jokes are fun in a trashy way and there’s no shame in enjoying an immature farce once in a while.
South Park Bigger Longer And Uncut – South Park is another show that was very popular when I was younger and once again on a channel that I did not have access to where I lived. The only exposure I had to the show was buying the VHS tapes that they released with only two episodes on them at a time. When the movie was released I absolutely loved it and at the time I wasn’t of age to buy a ticket to an R rated movie for myself so I had to sneak in when I bought a ticket to something else. I’m not a huge fan of musicals but the songs in SOUTH PARK BIGGER, LONGER & UNCUT are a lot of fun and laugh out loud funny. I find myself putting this on very often in the background and wind up sitting down and watching it the rest of the way through.