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5 Times Hollywood Ruined Our Childhood

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When Hollywood makes a film it turns out one of five ways:

  1. the film is incredible
  2. the film is not so incredible
  3. the film is awful
  4. it’s an adaptation a TV show, book or other film from our childhood (and is actually OK).

The fifth variety is a film so bad, it leaves you and your inner child a sobbing, traumatized mess.

Here’s a list of the top 5 times Hollywood ruined our childhood:


The Last Airbender (2010)

This wound is still fresh.

Last airbender
WHY?!?! Source

Chances are that if you watched Nickelodeon, you would have seen at least one episode of the show this film was based on, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Three seasons, 61 episodes and winner of more than 12 awards including three Annie Awards and one Emmy, this show would seem like the perfect thing to adapt, no?


The film received horrendous reviews, earned a 6 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and received five Golden Razzie Awards in 2011 (including worst picture). Since then, Shyamalan has announced a sequel is in the works, which we A:TLA fans can only hope will redeem the first film.

But when he talked about changing even more themes in the story? We’re not holding our breath…

When someone says ‘The Last Airbender’ was a good film. Source

Transformers (2007)

CGI great, gratuitous explosions bad. Source

Though the film boasted fantastic cinematic effects and a fairly original story, it was Michael Bay’s obsession with explosions and needless desire to objectify female characters that ruined the film. If that wasn’t enough, the cringe-worthy protagonist, Sam Witwicky (played by the multi-talented Shia LeBeouf) was an insult to his predecessors, particularly the brave teens from the Transformers cartoons and the Mini-Con serializations.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Michael Bay and Megan fox. Ruining your childhood since 2007. Source

Another Michael Bay produced film makes the list. This film doesn’t have ass-kicking robots, objectified car-thiefs and exploding buildings. Instead, it has ass-kicking turtles, objectified journalists and exploding science facilities. Totally different.

To some millennials, the TMNT animated series from the early 2000’s was almost pivotal to their upbringing, so seeing Michael Bay and James Liebesman turn our beloved ninja turtles into gigantic, ogre wannabes? That was enough to make us cry.

Or scream. Source

The plot was altered to predictable faults, giving April O’Neill (Megan Fox) and the turtles needlessly connected origin stories. The battles were unrealistic, with ninjas trained through a drowned book beating people with assault rifles and years of traditional training. And finally, the aforementioned objectification that no Michael Bay produced film would be seen without.

April O’Neill needs to help a ninja turtle out by reaching into the back of a truck? Instead of focusing on the turtle’s situation, how about a mid-close range shot of Megan Fox’s behind? Why not put her in skinny jeans for the sake of the scene? Despite her being in a chilly, mountain environment? Tasteless, Michael Bay…