Could there be a new child-friendly “versus” movie on the horizon that would see some much loved characters from kid’s movies battle each other on the big screen? Well, the answer is, there may be a few…
In 2004, after four Alien movies had been released and two Predator movies had been released, it was only natural that Hollywood would pit two of the silver screen’s biggest outer space bad dude’s against each other in the movie titled Alien vs. Predator. The year before, after seven Nightmare on Elm Street movies and ten Friday the 13th movies, Hollywood let each franchise’s antagonists go head-to-head with Freddy taking on Jason respectively in the aptly named film, Freddy vs. Jason.
Fast forward to March 2016 where we saw two of the world’s most loved crime fighting superheroes go at each other in DC Comic’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. About a month later, two more popular superheroes, this time from the Marvel side of the market, the titular Captain America and his Avengers team mate Iron Man went toe-to-toe in Captain America: Civil War.
Back in April 2016 when I took that photo shown above whilst taking the boys to see Kung Fu Panda 3 I had a totally different post in mind. I was going to talk about how I don’t get the fact that both DC and Marvel thought it was a good idea to make good guys go up against good guys. Although I do love the Batman movies, especially The Dark Knight Trilogy, and I did end up seeing Civil War at the cinema, I’ll admit that I’m not a huge fan of the superhero genre. I thought the Tobey Maguire era Spider-Man was funny and quite spectacular, but I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan by any means. As a result, I decided not to write that post and deleted the draft.
Of course, if the powers that be in Hollywood were serious about having the good guys take on more good guys, one might suggest that the characters from the DC Extended Universe should take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Justice League battling with the Avengers. Sadly, with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. not only owning DC Comics, but also the production company that make all the DC Extended Universe films, Warner Bros. Pictures, and with Warner Bros. having a rivalry with Disney, the owners of Marvel and the producers and distributors of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, the likelihood of that happening is zilch. Nada. Nope… not gonna happen my friend.
But there has to be more rivalry films in the future which will see good guys take on other good guys, bad guys take on other bad guys, and, maybe even some good guys taking on bad guys from outside of their current extended universe. Here’s a few ideas I have…
Shrek vs. Kung Fu Panda
Everyone’s favourite big green ogre has faced many foes in his time over four films. Even though the fourth film, Shrek Forever After was also marketed as Shrek: The Final Chapter, a fifth movie is slated for release in 2019 or 2020. But before that, he has to face his biggest challenger to date; Kung Fu Panda’s Po.
Dreamworks Animation has already confirm that Po will have three more sequels after the last instalment, and one of these may just happen to be his battle royal with his ugly green production house stable mate.
History will soon forget about George Foreman’s fight against Muhammad Ali, otherwise known as the Rumble in the Jungle when this heavy weight martial arts trained panda takes on the equally sized mythological manlike monster in an epic forest combat, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Ewoks took on the Sanyassan Marauders in the Battle of Endor.
ANT versus BEE
In addition to Disney’s aforementioned rivalry with Warner Bros., back in 1998 when DreamWorks released their first animated feature length film ANTZ a few months before Disney Pixar’s similarly theme A Bug’s Life, this started a war that has seen the two production companies constantly trying to outdo each other. The result to the viewing public is not only better animation, but greater storytelling.
And because we’re not ever going to see A Bug’s Life’s Flik battle against his production house’s rival, the protagonist of the ANTZ film Z-4195, or “Z” for short, (“Zee” as it’s phonetically pronounced for those UK English speakers), DreamWorks will have to have Z go up against the Bee Movie’s Barry B. Benson in a survival of the fittest insect competition.
It’s The Hunger Games meets The Running Man, and as the tag line suggests, when winter is over, let the battle begin…
Walt Disney’s The Bachelor
Of course, Disney won’t want to let its rivals get away with producing these good guy versus good guy movies on their own, and to combat it they’ll bring out the big guns from day one putting their famous Disney Princesses up against each other. Of course, Disney aren’t going to make these lovely ladies fight each other in the physical sense (although we know that the likes of Frozen’s Anna can pack a mean punch). Instead, the eleven princesses Mulan, Snow White, Tiana, Cinderella, Belle, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine and Pocahontas will battle it out to win the heart of Prince Charming in the animated feature film version of The Bachelor.
And speaking of Frozen’s Anna, although she is not an official Disney Princess according to official sources, in a twist you’ll see coming a mile away, during week seven when you’re sure the prince has his mind set on who will get the final rose, Anna will be introduced as an intruder with a couple of week’s immunity to shake things up.
Although Cinderella is the sentimental favourite, Prince Charming has his eyes firmly on someone you might not expect to be his dream girl…
Walt Disney’s The Bachelorette
It’s probably going to be a big spoiler, but after having made it to the final night and losing out to the eventual winner, in true Bachelor/Bachelorette tradition, Anna will go on to be the bachelorette in the sequel when sees all of the Disney Princes battle it out to win her heart.
I’m not going to mention any more spoilers other than mentioning the fact that neither Hans nor the Duke of Weselton are in any of the promotional material, and Kristoff, although not a prince, he may make a special appearance. Who will Anna give her final rose to?
Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4: Battle At Bonnie’s
With their access to Disney’s back catalogue of characters, Pixar are able to bring to life the Seven Dwarfs in the next instalment of their Toy Story franchise.
Long before Andy dropped his toys off at Bonnie’s house in Toy Story 3, out in Bonnie’s parents garden were her parents’ garden gnomes that came to life when no one was watching. As Bonnie’s mother is a huge fan of the Snow White story, Bonnie’s father bought her the Seven Dwarfs garden gnome set as a gift and unbeknownst to her, there was something quite magical about her garden ornaments.
Once the toys settled into the house they find their way out to the yard at night where they meet the septuplet “friends.” Unfortunately the Dwarfs think that the arrival of the toys will see them on the outer with Bonnie who has grown attached to them over time (haven’t we seen that plot before?) and war is declared.
Who would you like to see go up against each other?