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

Show: M.A.S.K.

Original Run: 75 episodes (September 30, 1985 – November 26, 1986)

Premise: The Mobile Armored Strike Kommand battles V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem) with high-tech vehicles capable of transformation and weapon modification.

Why It Could Work: Whether or not you're a fan of the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, Hasbro's toy-to-film partnership with Paramount Pictures has grossed over $3 billion at the box office worldwide. As a result, a movie that mixes the two concepts could be the next big blockbuster franchise: a ragtag special ops group with high-tech vehicles that change from road-ready cars and trucks into fighter jets, submarines, and tanks, among others (including an entire mobile command center). A M.A.S.K. film would include the same eye-popping visuals as the Transformers movies, without the baggage of giant CGI aliens, and instead of heavy-handed reasons to keep humans involved, people are actually essential in piloting M.A.S.K. vehicles. Furthermore, the conflict with V.E.N.O.M. is grounded in a story of betrayal that would provide a solid foundation for worthwhile character drama on top of crazy vehicle stunts.

Watch the animated intro from M.A.S.K. - HERE and the entire first episode - HERE.

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