No. 2: "Popeye"
Apparently someone forgot to eat his spinach when making this movie, because this sailorman adaptation sunk. Big time.
The fact that the cast was ideally suited for their roles could have made this movie as memorably classic as the cartoon it was derived from. But instead, the fact that Robin Williams as Popeye and Shelly Duvall as Olive Oyl couldn't save this film makes it all the more disappointing.
This movie was so "all over the place" that it was almost as if the director filmed a bunch of segments and then randomly spliced them together and called it a movie. It was actually painful to watch because animated Popeye is such an icon.
Live-action "Popeye" came close to ruining that legendary status.
But we can't let a failed film adaptation destroy our memories of our beloved cartoon characters ... or can we?
No. 1: "The Flintstones"
Miscast, misdirected and entirely missed the mark. And these are the film's best qualities.
"The Flintstones" was one of the greatest cartoons of all time. It was witty, it was relevant and it was highly entertaining. The movie version, however, should have crawled back under the Bedrock it came from.
John Goodman as Fred Flintstone? OK, we can live with that. Rick Moranis as Barney Rubble? Since when was Barney a whiny little nerd? But worst of all -- Rosie O’Donnell as Betty? Come on, what were they thinking?
Add to that debacle the complete lack of story and the piecemeal direction, and what you have is the absolute worst cartoon-to-movie adaptation ever conceived.
You don't have to live in a cave to know a stone cold disaster when you see it. (But please, don't see it).
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