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Remaking the Popular
A lot of movies out there are harnessing new audiences by creating remakes while older fans can recapture the good ol times. By Kevin Ian Bates
Be it in movies, video games, television or even on the internet, nostalgia is becoming a way of life for some people, be it reminiscing something from the past to grumbling about it on the internet. That being said, nostalgia has seeped into all forms of media today, one of the most notable examples are featured in movies. Ideas such as the Transfromers and other old cartoons turned to movies have always relied on two important factors which is how relevant it is today and the fan base from yesteryear. But what constitutes as nostalgia and how is it different that just rehashing old ideas to newer audiences?
Nostalgia can be dated back way to the beginning of the radio and broadcast serials, where
the power of nostalgia wasn’t really all that strong yet. At the time, in the terms of entertainment, the public only had access to silent movies and books as entertainment. Now at the time when radio was becoming more popular and more accessible to the average household, some radio serial dramas had cross promotion such as a Dick Tracy radio drama being played which follows the scrip from the comic book it was written and vice versa. Nostalgia then had a huge leap and bound when movies with sound and television came into the mix and became more available.
Today, a good example of nostalgia and its power to influence audiences is some of the Disney properties. Such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, it plays of the fan base of its previous iterations such as Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland movie or the original storybook. Each had its own fans which remembered the previous fondly and may or may not appreciate some of the changes in the newer versions. Another good example would be in cartoon channels on television such as in old Powerpuff Girls cartoons compared to the new version that aired earlier this year.
At the end of it all, the power of nostalgia will end with us as a person. While it is true that not everyone can adsorb all the media out there and thus not everyone will be nostalgic for a remake of an old movie or a rehash of an old franchise,
it is our experiences and the memories we have in associating with these properties and media that makes us drawn to all of our old thing in a new like. And that’s the takeaway from nostalgia, its the memories you cherish be it good or bad and watching or listening to something new based on something you liked long ago.
So while with the next waves of remakes and rehashes come our way to our preferred choice of media, just remember that nostalgia begins and ends with us even if you absolutely love or hate the remakes.