List of films based on toys

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This is a list of feature length animated and live-action films - both theatrically released and direct-to-video - based on toys, board games, and trading cards. Many of these films are based on dolls and action figures made by the toy companies Mattel, Kenner, and Hasbro.[1]

Beginning the in late 1970s films began to appear based on popular toys, which until then had followed films as related merchandise. In 1977, Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure debuted as the first theatrical motion picture in which a consumer toy was the star.[2] During the 1980s Masters of the Universe action figures got their own film (The Secret of the Sword), as did The Care Bears (The Care Bears Movie), Rainbow Brite (Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer), and My Little Pony (My Little Pony: The Movie). Also in the 1980s, the greeting card companies American Greetings and Hallmark Cards had specialty divisions that created many popular characters, which were made into toys on which popular films were later based.

A resurgence of live action film adaptions of toy properties began in 2007 with the release of Transformers, the first film in what would become the Transformers film franchise. The first film in the G.I. Joe film franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was released the next year. In 2008, Hasbro Inc. entered into a deal with Universal Pictures to make at least four movies based on the toy company's products, but the poor performance of the first film, Battleship released in 2012, caused other projects in development to be shelved or sold off to other studios.[3] The success of The Lego Movie released in 2014 renewed interest by toy companies and film studios to produce long-rumored projects stuck in development hell.[4]

In addition to films, several animated cartoon series have also been created based on toy properties, often airing at the same time, or soon after, the toys were launched. The extension of toy properties into films and television, as well as video games, books, apparel, and other products marketed to children has allowed companies to build lucrative franchises around their most popular characters and brands.

Live-action films based on toys[edit]

Animated films based on toys[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, Jeffrey (2012-05-17). "From toys to the big screen". Deseret News. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ Heitmueller, Karl (2007-06-26). "'Transformers' Roots Can Be Traced To Care Bears, My Little Pony, In Rewind". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ Brodesser-Akner, Claude (2012-02-06). "What Hollywood Can Learn From the End of Universal’s Ill-Fated Hasbro Deal". Vulture. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  4. ^ Miller, Daniel (2014-02-011). "Other toy makers are looking to build on success of 'The Lego Movie'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 

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