Before video games took over as the number one source of entertainment for young people (number two: masturbation), Where’s Waldo was primo stuff. The premise was simple: look at the picture filled to the brim with crazy characters and situations and try to find the guy with the beanie and candy striped shirt. Most of the time they would throw you off by including other characters in Waldo colors, and other times you’d have to find other characters in the Waldo universe (his dog, some wizard guy, etc.). All of the time it ended with me getting bored and/or frustrated because my tiny brain cannot handle such simple tasks.
And now it’s gonna be a MOVIE! Coming Soon reports that MGM has bought the rights for a Where’s Waldo movie, which will obviously be a family friendly comedy (and probably in 3D). This isn’t the first time Where’s Waldo? has been adapted; there have been video games and even a cartoon TV show before. I don’t remember either because I like enjoying myself. From a business standpoint, MGM’s acquisition is pretty brilliant; they are still struggling from their bankruptcy and a good way to make some quick cash is to license something everyone knows so people will flock to it. If I was the head of MGM, I would’ve done the exact same thing. But I’m not, dammit, I’m a moviegoer and a Where’s Waldo? movie just feels like a hollow cash grab and nothing more. Can we end this recession already so somebody will try something new again? Sigh.
Do you want to see a Where’s Waldo? movie? If so, let me know why. There’s a good chance I’ve just become too bitter to get excited about something this stupid.