Some of the first comic strips appeared in U.S. newspapers in the late 1800s and for most of the 1900s there were at least 200 comic strips & cartoon panels. During the week these would often be in black & white, with the Sunday comic section, sometimes called the funnies (because the strips were humorous, although some were more like serialized soap operas), usually being in color. Since the 1990s comic strips have been on the decline due to such factors as changing tastes in entertainment & the declining relevance of newspapers in general. However some are making the transition to digital platforms. (The OP recommends checking out the 2014 documentary Stripped which covers this better than she ever could.)
Several comic strips have been turned into movies, the heyday being the 1930s to the 1950s, with the comic strip Blondie inspiring 29 movies alone during this period. This post focuses on the more modern era (1980 to present) where comic strip based movies are few and just not that good.
This is a follow up to the previous posts of Hit TV Shows That Became Flop Movies
& Hit Movies That Became Flop TV Shows
Note; The general rule of thumb is that a movie has to make three times its budget at the box office to be considered a hit.
Technically based on the Broadway musical which was based on the long-running comic strip (1924-2010) about an orphan girl, Annie, & her dog, Sandy, that are taken in by a wealthy man, Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. The comic touched on adult issues such as organized labor, The New Deal & Communism.
The 1982 movie, directed by John Huston, has Annie (Aileen Quinn) & her dog Sandy being taken in by Warbucks (Albert Finny) temporarily to improve his public image. Musical numbers ensue.
The movie made $57 million on a $50 million budget, a TV film sequel Annie: A Royal Adventure! came out in 1995. Disney & Columbia Pictures produced a version for TV in 1999 with Alicia Morton in the title role Victor Garbsr as Warbucks and Columbia produced another flop version, blamed on the infamous Sony leak, with Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie & Jamie Foxx as millionaire Will Stacks in 2014.( Collapse )
Sources; me, myself & I
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