Toy Story?

Coming up with a fresh, original idea can be a challenge, but wouldn’t you expect the creative minds of the entertainment industry not to struggle when creating new ideas? I couldn’t help but notice an interesting trend recently.  It seems that Hollywood and Broadway are getting their inspiration from their childhood.

Consider the following example of Spider-Man.  What started off as a 1960’s comic book eventually led to the creation of cartoons and toys.  I don’t see anything wrong with that or the production of the 2002 blockbuster starring Tobey Maguire.  We amazed me was the eventual creation of the musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.  I seriously doubt anyone, even Stan Lee, could have predicted that his comic book character would one day be a Broadway box office hit.

Spiderman Turn off the Dark

What’s next, Superman or Wolverine the musical?

Any guy who grew up in the 1980’s probably had a collection of action figures that included the likes of G.I. Joe and Transformers.  Here we are over 30 years later and the newest movie blockbusters are G.I. Joe and Transformers.  Is the movie industry hoping to create a sense of nostalgia with a bunch of 30 something year old men?  Maybe Dolph Lundgren’s Master’s of the Universe was the revolutionary Hollywood movie that brought your action figures to life?

G.I. Joe Duke action Figure

Did Channing Tatum realize when he was a kid that he would grow up to be the real-life Duke?

Hollywood was able to do the impossible and come up with a movie inspired by a board game.  Battleship, the game of logic somehow became major action movie starring none other than Liam Neeson.  I am not exactly sure how or when the light bulb went on when the words “B-7….hit” were said.

Battleship game

I personally think that Monopoly would make a better movie.

But then again, someone was inspired when Professor Plum was accused of murdering someone with a candlestick in the conservatory.  Unfortunately, it’s expected to get a lot worse with Adam Sandler expected to star in the upcoming Candy Land.

So if a toy can be turned into a movie, and a movie can be made into a musical, does this mean that in a few years we should expect to see G.I. Joe on Broadway?

Tomb Raider

If this can make it to the big screen, then why can’t The Legend of Zelda?

The morale of the story here is if you are suffering from writer’s block, just go downstairs in your parent’s basement and rummage through your old toys.  Chances are you will find an unoriginal source of creative inspiration.

The McDowell’s of the Automotive Industry?

They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, however, when does one take it too far?  Recently, I was shopping for a new car and my travels brought me to the nearest Hyundai dealership.  Standing in the showroom, I was very impressed with the sleek designs of some of the models.

Suddenly I felt a strange feeling of déjà vu when something occurred to me.  Many of the models on the floor closely resembled a competitor’s comparable model. It was if I was standing inside of a McDowell’s.

mcdowells coming to america

“They’ve got the Big Mac. We’ve got the Big Mick.”

Don’t believe me?  Take a look at the evidence…

hyundai genesis grill

The Hyundai Genesis grill

mercedes s class grill

The signature Mercedes grill

hyundai genesis coupe rear

The sporty Hyundai Genesis Coupe

inifiniti g35 coupe

Infiniti’s G35 coupe

2011 Hyundai Sonata

The sleek Hyundai Sonata

lexus es350

Those rear lights of the Lexus ES350 look familiar.

hyundai sonata climate control

Hyundai’s interior climate controls.

volvo climate control

There’s that guy again…only this time inside of a Volvo.

Even when looking at the logos of Honda and Hyundai reminded me of Coming to America.  Notice how the M’s are slightly different with McDowell’s and McDonald’s?

mcdowells

“They got the Golden Arches, mine are the Golden Arcs.”

Now check out how the Hyundai “H” is an angled, rounded version of the Honda “H.”  Heck, even the names Honda (Hon-Dah) and Hyundai (Hun-Die) sound alike.

hyundai logonew honda logo

I am not trying to bad mouth Hyundai here.  I just found the whole experience to be somewhat comical. Their cars do drive well and are visually appealing.  All I am saying is that as long as this guy is calling the shots, you can expect to see more of the same driving around.

John-Amos-Coming-To-America

“We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds. “

The ALL-HUMAN TEAM

Decades of following sports combined with a photographic memory has led me to a compilation of some truly unique rosters.

There’s a VERY good chance you’ve never heard of such a collection of names before, and the spellings may not be a 100% match, but they’re close enough to warrant inclusion.  If I forgot someone that comes to mind, please feel free to share in the comments.

Today’s list is one that anybody can relate to.

ALL-HUMAN TEAM

  • Chuck Person
  • Charles Mann
  • Guy Charbonneau
  • Luther Head
  • Louis Lipps
Louis Lipps Pro Set Card Pittsburgh Steelers

Sounds more like a porn star.

  • Maurice Cheeks
  • Reggie Tongue
  • Brian Moehler
  • Butch Beard
Butch Beard New Jersey Nets Card

An 84-174 record actually adds value to this piece of memorabilia.

  • Brandon Backe
  • Cory Hart
  • Jon Hand
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Marion Butts
  • Exree Hipp
Exree Hipp Steve Nash Maryland

The “Hipp” check while guarding Steve Nash

  • George Shinn
George Shinn Charlotte Hornets

Yup, the city of Charlotte thinks I’m an asshole.

  • Larry Foote
  • Jonathan Toews
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks NHL

It’s actually pronounced “Tayz” but the spelling is close enough.

The ALL-GEOGRAPHY TEAM

Decades of following sports combined with a photographic memory has led me to a compilation of some truly unique rosters.

There’s a VERY good chance you’ve never heard of such a collection of names before, and the spellings may not be a 100% match, but they’re close enough to warrant inclusion.  If I forgot someone that comes to mind, please feel free to share in the comments.

Today’s list is made up of people from near and far, foreign and domestic, cities, states, countries, regions, and even outer space.

ALL-GEOGRAPHY TEAM

  • Lance Broadway
Lance Broadway

This Broadway was no hit in New York

  • Miles Austin
  • Al Alburquerque
  • Huston Street
  • Dallas Clark
  • Cleveland Gary
  • Martin St. Louis
Martin St. Louis

Tragic that he doesn’t play for the Blues.

  • David Boston
  • London Fletcher
  • Danny Valencia
  • Miguel Cairo
  • Bubba Paris
  • Jim Rome
Jim Rome

“Let me tell you something right now. Anyone who says that this list was built in one day has absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.  Ridiculous “

  • Luke French
  • Alex English
  • Drayton Florence
  • John Maine
  • Russell Maryland
Russell Maryland

Born in Chicago. Attended the U. Drafted by Dallas. Retired with the Packers. Not sure where the name came from.

  • Onterrio Smith
  • Derek Holland
  • Esteban German
  • Leon Washington
  • Michael Jordan
  • Israel Idonije
  • Soumalia Samake
  • Don Muraco
Magnificent Don Muraco

One of the original PED users?

  • David West
  • Venus Williams
  • Earthwind Moreland
  • Mercury Morris
  • Warren Moon
Warren Moon Score Card

Even Score couldn’t resist the urge.