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80s & 90s Cartoons that Could be Great Blockbuster Movies

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Following the success of the Transformers film franchise, which after only three installments (and counting) has already earned over $2.5 billion at the global box office, Hollywood producers scrambled to mine 1980s and 1990s childhood nostalgia for other potential blockbuster adaptations. Paramount Pictures has been especially eager to turn fan-favorite toy properties into big screen ticket profits adding two G.I. Joe adaptations (Rise of Cobra and Retaliation) as well as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot to their production line-up.

That said, Paramount isn't the only studio attempting to revive beloved properties from pre-2000 - given that, among several other in-production projects, Sony Pictures is taking a stab at the retro cartoon-to-movie formula with a feature-length Captain Planet adaptation.

Following recent reports that X-Men: Days of Future Past actor James McAvoy wants to see (and star in) a live-action ThunderCats movie, we started thinking about other cartoons from the 80s and 90s that could actually make for exciting, and profitable, blockbuster movie franchises - if done right. Or course, our list is not all-inclusive, so once you've had a chance to read our picks, share your ideas in the comments.

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