The Cartoon: A life-affirming show in which a set of factory reject toys set about overcoming adversity by helping each other out. Positive message ahoy!
The Film: Aardman Animation take on this Toy Story -esque saga in which the Raggy Dolls must escape from their factory in time to avoid a trip to the incinerator…
Dream Cast: Michael Cera (Hi-Fi), Kevin Spacey (Sad Sack), Kate Winslet (Dotty)
Dream Director: Peter Lord
The Cartoon: A pair of high-school students are inexplicably chosen to attend an alien school in space. One is a popular jock, the other a fully paid-up nerd. But guess what… the aliens prefer the nerd! Good for them.
The Film: What the teen sex comedy needs is a new lease of life. Relocating it to space? Bingo.
Dream Cast: Emma Watson (Amy), Dave Franco (Doyle)
Dream Director: The Weitz brothers
The Cartoon: Jack is a samurai warrior who finds himself inconveniently displaced through time, and proceeds to spend his days searching for a way to return himself to his own era. A cinematic cartoon that's just begging for an adaptation.
The Film: The premise would lend itself nicely to a live-action adaptation, with a more adult-appropriate certificate allowing Jack to slice and dice human foes, as opposed to his traditional diet of robots and monsters.
Dream Cast: Armie Hammer (Samurai Jack), Christopher Walken (Aku)
Dream Director: J.J. Abrams
The Cartoon: A kind of " Batman in space", in which caped crusader Space Ghost takes on all manner of evil extra-terrestrials in a rather fetching white suit.
The Film: A live-action version, featuring an ageing, world-weary version of the Hanna Barbera character, who's dragged out of retirement when something nasty threatens to destroy the Earth.
Dream Cast: Bruce Campbell (Space Ghost), John Travolta (Metallus)
Dream Director: Sam Raimi
The Cartoon: Harvey Birdman revolves around the ace premise of a group of washed-up superheroes joining forces to set up a law practice. Naturally, most of their cases pit them against their old supervillain nemeses…
The Film: This would work well as an offbeat comedy, with our posse of down on their luck heroes occasionally using their powers for evil in order to generate enough cases to keep the firm afloat.
Dream Cast: Alec Baldwin (Harvey Birdman), William H. Macy (Myron Reducto), Will Arnett (Black Vulcan)
Dream Director: The Coen brothers
The Cartoon: Johnny Bravo was a womanising, Elvis-voiced meathead, whose adventures largely revolved around the ill-advised pursuit of a disinterested female. A bit creepy in retrospect…
The Film: We'd cast Bravo as an ageing lothario, an Elvis impersonator disowned by his kids as he undergoes a fairly serious mid-life crisis.
Dream Cast: Val Kilmer (Johnny Bravo), Kathy Bates (Bunny "Momma" Bravo)
Dream Director: Alexander Payne
The Cartoon: Set on the planet of Prysmos, Visionaries pitted two rival groups of knights against each other, the Spectral Knights and the Darkling Lords (both fine names for a prog rock band), in a magical tournament organised by the wizard Merklynn. Yes, Merklynn.
The Film: It'd be like The Hunger Games , only with magical powers and the capacity for the competitors to transform into animals. Let the carnage begin!
Dream Cast: Viggo Mortensen (Leoric), Russell Crowe (Darkstorm), Michael Gambon (Merklynn)
Dream Director: Ridley Scott
The Cartoon: A gumball rally style racing event that would continue cross-country from week to week, pitting various teams of oddballs against each other. Famous the home of Dick Dastardly and his sniggering pooch, Muttley.
The Film: A screwball comedy, a la Rat Race . Only nothing like Rat Race , in terms of quality. Yeesh!
Dream Cast: Stanley Tucci (Dick Dastardly), Mark Wahlberg (Rock Slag), Russell Brand (Big Gruesome), Reese Witherspoon (Penelope Pitstop)
Dream Director: Brad Bird
Stoppit & Tidyup
The Cartoon: A bizarrely British creation in which Terry Wogan would narrate the antics of a set of critters named after various parental commands, set in the magical land of Do As You're Told. Barmy but brilliant.
The Film: This would make for a great claymation film, in which the various creatures are charged with taming a bunch of tearaway children. Ok, so the plot needs work, but any excuse to reminisce about this one!
Dream Cast: Jim Broadbent (Stoppit), Russell Tovey (Tidyup), Ian McKellen (The Big, Bad, I Said No)
Dream Director: Nick Park
Battle Of The Planets
The Cartoon: The adventures of G-Force, a quintet of superhuman young people charged with protecting Earth from the evil planet Spectra, and other space-dwelling bad-guys.
The Film: We're envisaging a Final Fantasy -esque motion capture animation. The technology is probably up to it by now…
Dream Cast: Liam Hemsworth (Mark), Alex Pettyfer (Jason), Elizabeth Olsen (Princess)
Dream Director: Neil Blomkamp
The Cartoon: The adventures of loveable loser Doug Funny, as he navigates his way through high school with his best buddy Skeeter and his faithful mutt, Porkchop.
The Film: Doug is now in his forties, recently divorced and lacking direction in his life. Can he turn it all around, or is suicide the only way out? No easy answers here...
Dream Cast: Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Doug), Charles S. Dutton (Skeeter), Catherine Keener (Patti)
Dream Director: Todd Solonz
The Cartoon: Rick Moranis leant his voice to this creepy cartoon about the only human teacher at a school for monsters. Features one child who is just a giant eyeball. Gross.
The Film: This is exactly the kind of family friendly comedy you could envisage Adam Sandler heading up, with David Spade, Kevin James et al voicing the monsters. Nothing wrong with the set-up, but we don't want that shower ruining it…
Dream Cast: Jason Bateman (Maxwell Schneider), Max Irons (Vinnie the Vampire), Craig Roberts (Reggie the Werewolf)
Dream Director: Wes Anderson
The Cartoon: A kind of futuristic Flintstones, in which George Jetson struggles with the trials and tribulations of family life in a space-age setting.
The Film: We've had a feature-length animation, but it's high time somebody took a punt on a live-action version. If it worked for The Flintstones … ok, so it didn't work for them, but this could be different!
Dream Cast: Charles Grodin (George Jetson), Chrstina Hendricks (Jane Jetson), Abigail Breslin (Judy Jetson)
Dream Director: Harold Ramis
The Cartoon: A slapstick spectacular born out of a collaboration between Warner bros. and Steven Spielberg, Animaniacs followed a trio of '30s movie stars named Yakko, Wakko and Dot who were locked away once their star had fallen, only to escape and wreak havoc in the '90s.
The Film: Using a mix of 2D animation and live action, this would be something like a cross between The Artist and The Three Stooges . Wait, in a good way, in a good way….
Dream Cast: Zach Galifianakis (Wakko), John C. Reilly (Yakko), Anna Faris (Dot)
Dream Director: Todd Phillips
Biker Mice From Mars
The Cartoon: A trio of Harley-riding Martian mice pitch up on Earth, having escaped a war on their home planet. However, when the villainous Plutarkians make a move on their new home, they aren't about to run for a second time…
The Film: The most obvious way to adapt this would be to ditch the mice element, and just have the three leads as martian bikers. And thus, a new sic-fi franchise was born.
Dream Cast: Benecio Del Toro (Throttle), Ron Perlman (Modo), Michael Madsen (Vinnie)
Dream Director: The Wachowski brothers
Chip n' Dale: Rescue Rangers
The Cartoon: A pair of chipmunk gumshoes, who are always on the case no matter how big or small. Ch-ch-ch-Chip and Dale!
The Film: This one would remain animated, but the light, comedic tone would be swapped for a more noirish sensibility. Chip would be a regular at the local strip joint and Dale is never seen without a bottle in his hand.
Dream Cast: Clive Owen (Chip), Thomas Jane (Dale), Dennis Farina (Monterey Jack)
Dream Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rude Dog And The Dweebs
The Cartoon: 'Ey yo, slam your eyeballs against this! Yep, its that jive-talking canine Rude Dog and his douchey little buddies, the dweebs. Can they outrun that mean old dog catcher yet again? You bet your ass they can. Gnarly.
The Film: This one has stoner comedy written all over it. CGI dogs versus human adversaries, with some thinly veiled drug references thrown in there for good measure.
Dream Cast: Owen Wilson (Rude Dog), Kal Penn (Caboose), John Cho (Reggie), Jeremy Piven (Herman the Dog Catcher)
Dream Director: David Gordon Green
The Cartoon: The tales of a boy scientist and his weird and wonderful inventions, created by Hotel Transylvania director Genndy Tartatovsky.
The Film: We'd age Dexter up a little in this live-action version and pit him against rival inventor Mandark, who has created some form of invention that puts the entire town at risk.
Dream Cast: Logan Lerman (Dexter), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Mandark), Elle Fanning (Dee Dee)
Dream Director: Genndy Tartatovsky
The Cartoon: Dashing, daring, courageous, caring… those Gummi Bears were a solid bunch, weren't they? Not many confectionary lines get their own TV show, but this one did and it was bloody great!
The Film: A children's fantasy mixing live-action with animation as a young boy finds himself sucked into the kingdom of Dunwyn, where he must help the native bears fight the good fight against the evil Duke Sigmund Igthorn.
Dream Cast: Joel Courtenay (Cavin), Brad Pitt (Gruffi Gummi), Dustin Hoffman (Zummi Gummi), Amy Adams (Sunni Gummi), Rufus Sewell (Sir Victor Igthorn)
Dream Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller
The Cartoon: A spin-off character from Beavis & Butthead , Daria was a quirky outsider, a teenage girl with a dry, deadpan take on the world. She's Juno, basically.
The Film: Daria is now in her twenties, working in a media job and struggling to conceal her general contempt for everything and everyone around her.
Dream Cast: Emma Stone (Daria), Olivia Thirlby (Jane)
Dream Director: Mike Judge
The Cartoon: A space-set Western based on the planet of New Texas, BraveStarr followed the gunslinging adventures of Galactic Marshal Bravestarr and his cyborg horse Thirty/Thirty. Handily, Bravestarr is able to call on four spirit animals to help him out in times of trouble. Neat!
The Film: A futuristic western would go down a treat, provided it could dodge the pitfalls suffered by Jonah Hex and Cowboys And Aliens . Our solution? Get Clint in to direct!
Dream Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal (Bravestarr), Sam Rockwell (Thirty/Thirty), Gerard Butler (TexHex)
Dream Director: Clint Eastwood
The Cartoon: A superhero of profoundly green sensibilities, Captain Planet was a badass eco-warrior, summoned by his teenage friends The Planeteers whenever any pollution-based chicanery was afoot.
The Film: The green message is even more relevant today, meaning that Captain Planet is due a live-action remake. Take that, excessive fuel emissions!
Dream Cast: James Franco (Captain Planet), Cate Blanchett (Gaia), John Malkovich (Looten Plunder)
Dream Director: Roland Emmerich
The Cartoon: A slightly bizarre offering in which American sports stars Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson used their sporting prowess to fight crime. "it's all about helping kids," said the tag-line, bafflingly.
The Film: A modern day update, featuring a new roster of stars to replace these dusty old pros.
Dream Cast: Roger Federer, Thierry Henry and Kobe Bryant lend their voices to the new version. "It's all about the money," reads the satirical tag-line.
Dream Director: Oliver Stone
The Cartoon: Not a gritty US documentary series, but rather a colourful cartoon following the brilliantly-named Baldwin "Bulletproof" Vess, a lawman looking to bring down Brandon "Big Boss" Babel.
The Film: Think The Untouchables , but set some fifty years or so into the future. Cops versus crims, only with a whole host of futuristic weaponry at their disposal.
Dream Cast: Michael K. Williams (Baldwin Vess), Kurt Russell (Brandon Babel)
Dream Director: Quentin Tarantino
The Cartoon: Voltron is the name of a giant super-robot which is assembled when a group of robot lion operating earth defenders pool their resources. It's nothing like Power Rangers , honest…
The Film: Giant mech-robots have proved rather popular at the box office over the years. We see no reason why this should be any different. Robot lions dammit! Who doesn't want to see that?
Dream Cast: Bruce Willis (Commander Keith), Channing Tatum (Lance), Willem Dafoe (King Zarkon)
Dream Director: Brett Ratner (if only to keep him occupied)
The Animals Of Farthing Wood
The Cartoon: One of many '90s cartoons to carry a heavy environmental message, this one followed the attempts of a group of woodland animals to find a new home after those bastard humans destroy their old stamping ground.
The Film: A CGI spectacular in which the animals rise up against their human oppressors, rallying the rest of their brethren to overthrow mankind as the dominant species.
Dream Cast: Andy Serkis (Fox, Hare, Mole, Shrew, Owl, Badger, Toad…)
Dream Director: Rupert Wyatt
The Cartoon: An animated send-up of the traditional spy thriller, Danger Mouse sees the titular hero embark upon various sleuthing adventures, accompanied by his reluctant sidekick Penfold.
The Film: Cars 2 touched upon the potential of an animated spy spoof without really following it through. This would be the perfect vehicle with which to pursue the theme further.
Dream Cast: David Tennant (Danger Mouse), Martin Freeman (Penfold), Alan Rickman (Baron Silas Greenback)
Dream Director: Terry Gilliam
Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors
The Cartoon: The good guys are the Lightning League, the bad guys are the Monster Minds… together they cause an almighty ruckus with their souped-up battle vehicles. Cool…
The Film: Picture The Fast And The Furious , with weapon attachments, in space. That's what we want to see.
Dream Cast: Jason Statham (Jayce), Nic Cage (Saw Boss)
Dream Director: Justin Lin
The Cartoon: A kind of Transformers rip-off in which both heroes and villains ride around in tricked-out, transformable vehicles that bestow the driver with rad super-powers. Wooooo!
The Film: It would fill the mega-blockbuster spot vacated by Transformers , without Michael Bay or Shia Labeouf hanging around to spoil the party. Matt Trakker would kick seven shades out of Sam Witwicky any day of the week.
Dream Cast: Dwayne Johnson (Matt Trakker), Vin Diesel (Miles Mayhem)
Dream Director: Shane Black
The Cartoon: The tale of a set of living gargoyles who stay frozen in stone until nightfall, at which point they come to life. All well and good, but when a billionaire buys their castle and relocates it to Manhattan, all sorts of crazy antics ensue.
The Film: The gargoyles face a nightly race against time to track down a warlock who can reverse the spell. Trouble is, he's got plans to turn the rest of New York into gargoyles too…
Dream Cast: Joel Edgerton (Goliath), Ed Harris (David Xanatos), Salma Hayek (Elisa Maza)
Dream Director: Zack Snyder
The Cartoon: A kiddy version of The Muppets , in which we get to see our cuddly friends in a nursery. And why not, eh?
The Film: This could work as a prequel to the recent Muppet movie, showing how the gang first got together and developed their mutual love of putting on a show.
Dream Cast: We would expect all the muppets to report for duty to voice their younger selves…
Dream Director: James Bobin
The Pirates Of Dark Water
The Cartoon: This swashbuckling adventure was set on the alien world of Mer, where young Ren must search for thirteen treasures in order to save his planet from being devoured by the all-encompassing Dark Water. Featured a monkey-bird, which automatically made it amazing.
The Film: Pirates are popular at the moment. And none of them have ever had a monkey-bird before, have they? Get it made.
Dream Cast: Josh Hutcherson (Ren), Toby Jones (Niddler), Paul Giamatti (Bloth)
Dream Director: James Cameron
The Cartoon: The animated adventures of the warrior He-Man, as he battles the hideous Skeletor for the good of the planet Eternia. Think of him as a less savage Conan.
The Film: Yeah, we know this was already adapted for the big screen, but we'd like a more faithful adaptation that keeps the action in Eternia rather than shunting it off to Earth.
Dream Cast: Josh Holloway (He-Man), Hugo Weaving (Skeletor), Olivia Wilde (Teela)
Dream Director: Joss Whedon
The Cartoon: Jem is a corporate businesswoman who decides she can have it all, by enlisting a supercomputer to transform her at night into the lead singer of an all-girl band. Take that, glass ceiling!
The Film: An aspirational girls-night-out of a movie, scripted by Diablo Cody, showing the multifaceted nature of the modern woman. Do one, the patriarchy!
Dream Cast: Rachel McAdams (Jem)
Dream Director: Jason Reitman
Sharky And George
The Cartoon: Sharky and George are a couple of fishy gumshoes solving an array of crimes at the bottom of the ocean. Hey, somebody's got to do it.
The Film: Dreamworks should have passed on Shark Tale and just made this instead. We'd love to see an animated, fish-centric noir!
Dream Cast: Ryan Gosling (Sharky), Guy Pearce (George), Christoph Waltz (Colonel Klaw)
Dream Director: Rian Johnson
The Cartoon: A follow-up to ThunderCats in which a team of 29th Century heroes are given metal bodies and wings in order to help them fight crime. That will be standard police policy in a few hundred years time.
The Film: A brooding crime drama, this would be a kind of futuristic Heat , except the Al Pacino character would have wings. Is that Oscar buzz we hear?
Dream Cast: Nick Nolte (Commander Stargazer), Jon Hamm (Quicksilver), Mickey Rourke (Mon*Star)
Dream Director: Tony Scott
The Cartoon: A trio of weapons experts go to war with an evil scientist and his horde of kill-crazy cyborgs. Much awesomeness ensues.
The Film: The unhinged Doc Terror wages war on the US government with his army of cyborgs, having lost his son in one of their many overseas wars. Three disgraced military men are all that stand in his way…
Dream Cast: Colin Farrell (Ace McCloud), Jeremy Renner (Jake Rockwell), Bradley Cooper (Max Ray), Brian Cox (Doc Terror)
Dream Director: Neveldine / Taylor
Dungeons & Dragons
The Cartoon: A sanitised version of the classic role-playing game, in which a group of kids are sucked into a fantasy realm where they get the chance to become heroic warriors.
The Film: The Jeremy Irons clunker doesn't count. We want to see this one made as a Hunger Games -style, "kids in peril" adventure. It's a great set-up, if executed correctly.
Dream Cast: Alexander Ludwig (The Ranger) Chloe Moretz (The Thief), Dane DeHaan (The Cavalier) Lily Collins (The Acrobat), Kody Smit-McPhee (The Magician), Asa Butterfield (The Barbarian)
Dream Director: David Yates
Defenders Of The Earth
The Cartoon: A superhero team-up starring Flash Gordon, the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, with Ming the Merciless shouldering chief villain duties.
The Film: If Marvel can get the Avengers together on the big screen, this one shouldn't be so hard. There are only three of them after all!
Dream Cast: Chris Pine (Flash Gordon), Tom Hardy (The Phantom), Hugh Jackman (Mandrake the Magician), Max von Sydow (Ming the Merciless)
Dream Director: Bryan Singer
The Cartoon: A futuristic retelling of The Odyssey , in which an angry Zeus challenges Ulysses to locate the kingdom of Hades in order to rescue the crew of his ship. Cue a parade of mythological monsters, newly kitted-out with lasers and whatnot.
The Film: A sprawling, CGI-assisted epic. The last time we had an update of Homer, we got Troy . That would have been more enjoyable with lasers…
Dream Cast: Eric Bana (Ulysses), Anthony Hopkins (Zeus)
Dream Director: Peter Jackson
The Cartoon: An eco-conscious cartoon in which mischievous Bert Raccoon and his forest-dwelling buddies bump heads with villainous land-baron, Cyril Sneer. He's an aardvark who smokes cigars, by the way… be afraid!
The Film: This could easily translate into a state-of-the-nation, live action picture, with Burt and friends becoming a bunch of Occupy-London protesters, and Sneer reprising his role as their money-grabbing nemesis. Only he'd be a human. Not an aardvark.
Dream Cast: Jack O'Connell (Bert), Charles Dance (Cyril Sneer)
Dream Director: Ken Loach
Dogtanian And The Three Muskehounds
The Cartoon: The adventures of d'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers, imagined as if they were giant, humanoid dogs. Not nearly as terrifying as it sounds….
The Film: We'd like grown men playing it for laughs in canine prosthetics, please. Realism was never the name of the game with Dogtanion.
Dream Cast: Jay Baruchel (Dogtanion), Seth Rogen (Porthos), Jonah Hill (Athos), Jason Segel (Aramis)
Dream Director: Judd Apatow
The Cartoon: One of the most well-loved Disney cartoons of all time, DuckTales followed the money-grabbing antics of Scrooge McDuck and his resourceful nephews Huey, Dewy and Louie.
The Film: DuckTales did get a big-screen spin off in the form of The Tale Of The Magic Lamp , but if Disney want to bring some of their back catalogue to a new audience, DuckTales would be a prime property to reinvent. We're thinking a combination of hand-drawn animation and CGI, a la Tangled for this one.
Dream Cast: Ewan McGregor (Scrooge McDuck), Billy Connolly (Flintheart Glomgold),
Dream Director: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
The Cartoon: A spinoff from DuckTales , Darkwing Duck told the adventures of an egotistical superhero attempting to balance the monotony of parenthood with the thrills of crime-fighting.
The Film: A live-action version in which the set-up is the same, but the protagonists aren't ducks. Take that away and this would make for a decent superhero comedy.
Dream Cast: Will Ferrell (Darkwing Duck), Danny McBride (Launchpad McQuack)
Dream Director: Adam McKay
The Mysterious Cities Of Gold
The Cartoon: The long-running and seemingly never-ending saga of a young Spanish stowaway, who makes his way to the New World on a quest to discover one of the seven Lost Cities of Gold.
The Film: A sprawling, boys-own adventure saga, in the vein of the Journey movies. Although hopefully with slightly more polished CGI…
Dream Cast: Captain Mendoza (Javier Bardem), Vincent Cassel (Gaspard)
Dream Director: Guillermo Del Toro
The Cartoon: The batshit crazy tale of a discarded teddybear who is brought to life by an alien and his "magic dust", enabling him to fight evil in the form of a cowboy, a skeleton and a fatty. Truly bizarre.
The Film: We can't really see this one working as anything but animation, so we'll leave Pixar and Dreamworks to scrabble over the rights. Come on… it's a guaranteed banker!
Dream Cast: Michael J. Fox (Superted), Stephen Fry (Spotty Man), Josh Brolin (Texas Pete), Alan Cumming (Skeleton)
Dream Director: John Lasseter
The Cartoon: Come on, you know the drill: "This is 29 Acacia Road. And this is Eric, the schoolboy who leads an exciting double life. For when Eric eats a banana, an amazing transformation occurs! Eric...is...BANANAMAN, ever alert for the call to action."
Live-Action Version: Bananaman was always a bit limp in the heroism stakes, so this might work well as a kind of Kick-Ass style subversion of the traditional superhero story.
Dream Cast: Bill Hader (Bananaman), Timothy Dalton (Dr. Blight)
Dream Director: Matthew Vaughn
The Cartoon: They're ThunderCats. They're on the loose. They're go. All of which is bad news for Mumm-Ra, the leader of the evil Mutants of Plun-Darr.
The Film: Unbelievably, the cartoon series has been rebooted before the ThunderCats have actually made it to the big screen. The next big fantasy franchise? Look no further.
Dream Cast: Chris Hemsworth (Lion-O), Jennifer Lawrence (Cheetara), Idris Elba (Panthro), Gary Oldman (Mumm-Ra)
Dream Director: Kenneth Branagh
The Cartoon: Imagine what Count Dracula would have been like if he were a duck with an aversion to blood… congratulation, you've just imagined Count Duckula! Or "Duckypoos" to his friends…
The Film : A gothic comedy starring a cast of loveable grotesques, in which an unwilling vampire attempts to find ways around his distasteful need for blood.
Dream Cast: Johnny Depp (Duckula), Helena Bonham Carter (Nanny), Jackie Earle Haley (Igor)
Dream Director: Tim Burton
The Cartoon: The space-set adventures of a freedom fighting hare and his ongoing battles with a race of evil toads, complete with seizure-inducing opening credits and rocking theme tune.
The Film: A futuristic world, wracked with conflict between rebels and the establishment… let's face it, the essential storyline is as old as the hills! However, Star Wars never had widdly-widdly guitar solos and a truly badass hero. This one would.
Dream Cast: Chris Evans (Bucky), Peter Mullan (Deadeye Duck), Timothy Spall (Toad Air Marshall)
Dream Director: Jon Favreau