If there was ever a gray area in movies, it would be the PG-13 movie. The PG-13 movie tries its best to appeal to all ages, while also trying to be just edgy enough (through violence, bathroom humor, sexual situations, etc.) to warrant the rating. And then, after the movie is a success, do you know what some producers think? This PG-13 movie would make a great animated television show, despite the fact the target audience would be “strongly cautioned” against seeing the original live-action movie! Here are five PG-13 movies with animated television spin-offs aimed at kids.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was one of Jim Carrey’s early successes. In it, he plays a crazy pet detective who is tasked with finding the Miami Dolphin’s animal mascot. The movie received the PG-13 rating for off-color humor and some nudity. Ace Ventura was a huge early success, grossing over $107 million worldwide, and spawned a sequel: Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The other thing is spawned was an animated show appearing first on the CBS KIdshow block on Saturday mornings. The Ace Ventura animated series featured Ace on different animal cases. The show lasted three seasons and 39 episodes, 2 on CBS from 1995 to 1997, and later moved to Nickelodeon for one more season from 1999 to 2000.
The Mask, another Jim Carrey vehicle, was about Carrey as a mild-mannered guy who puts on an ancient mask and becomes a zany, uninhibited cartoonish man. Again, it was a huge success, grossing $341.6 million. It was rated PG-13 for stylized violence. Like Ace Ventura, the Mask made its way to CBS Kidshow, lasting 3 seasons and 54 episodes, from 1995 to 1997.
In 1998 a monster disaster movie called Godzilla (based on the Japanese movie monster) was released, and while not a hit with critics, nevertheless grossed $379 million worldwide. It was rated PG-13 for sci-fi monster action/violence. The animated television series premiered on FOX Kids and followed Godzilla, a hero this time, who imprinted on H.E.A.T. (Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team) leader Nick. Godzilla, Nick and his crew team up together and fight supernatural monsters. The TV series lasted for 2 seasons and 40 episodes from 1998 to 2000.
Men in Black was the popular ($589.4 million) 1997 Sci-fi Comedy movie about two secret agents, Agent J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) in the Men in Black organization who watch over aliens who live on earth and hide their presence from humans. It was rated PG-13 for language and sci-fi violence. The animated television series premiered on Kids’ WB block and followed Agent J and K fighting and watching over aliens. The show lasted for 4 seasons and 53 episodes, from 1997 to 2001.
The Mummy was a 1999 movie following set in the 1920s and following Rick and Evie, whose interest in Ancient Egypt causes them to accidentally unleash the supernatural Mummy from beyond the Grave. The Mummy Returns was a 2001 sequel which followed Rick, Evie, and their 11-year-old son Alex, who again accidentally awaken the Mummy. The Mummy Returns was rated PG-13 for adventure action and violence and The Mummy was rated PG-13 for pervasive adventure violence and partial nudity. The Mummy animated series premiered on Kids’ WB and followed Alex, Rick and Evy as they battle the Mummy from the first two movies. The series lasted for two seasons, but was renamed The Mummy: Secrets of the Medjai in the second season and followed Alex training to be a “Medjai.” Altogether, the animated series lasted 2seasons and 26 episodes, from 2001 to 2003.
The appeal of translating blockbuster movies into animated show means acknowledging that producers are trying to get children to watch television based on PG-13 movies, movies which they probably shouldn’t watch in the first place. But the appeal of expanding an existing PG-13 property could not go unheeded, resulting in these TV shows. Here are five examples of such shows.
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