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Knight Rider and Magnum get animated

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 10th 2006 12:09PM
Knight RiderA mobile media company called Player X is teaming up with Universal Mobile Entertainment to create special, two-minute animated "retrosodes" of popular 80s television shows Knight Rider and Magnum, P.I. The animated short form episodes promise to take a "tongue-in-cheek" look at the two popular series. Was there some other way to go about this project other than "tongue-in-cheek?" Perhaps not.

This is the first time a major Hollywood studio has allowed a mobile company to essentially remake and capitalize on branded properties like Knight Rider and Magnum. Once produced, the "retrosodes" will be distributed over 85 global carriers, offering the content to 1.8 billion people.

I dig this postmodern world we live in. I really do. I not only tolerate, but often enjoy nostalgia list shows like I Love the 80s. However, I sometimes get tired of all the remakes and the re-brandings and the re-airings. This project doesn't sound terrible, but I imagine there are a ton of would-be, young animators out there with original ideas that could be given a shot in a new format like this. Let's give Mustache Ride, P.I. a rest.

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