Cartoon Spin-Offs: The good, the bad and the WTF!?

Jan 10, 2007

We're all used to seeing games make the jump from small screen to silver screen. But getting sprinkled with a little Hollywood magic isn't the only way that our favourite game characters can be packaged to appeal to a broader audience. Every so often virtual heroes of gaming dodge the bright lights of a blockbuster movie (or, indeed, a veritable cinematic craptacular) and find themselves transformed into a cartoonified persona.

But which of gaming's iconic faces have been treated to a cartoon makeover? And were their performances televisual gold or garbage? TV treats abound over the next few pages as we channel surf our way through five animated outings to find out.

First up, it's everybody's favourite plumber with a Princess to rescue...

James Jarvis
Executive Producer, GR Video

Hi I'm James or JJ if you like, I'll answer to both. I'm the Executive producer for GR video which means I've had at least a part in all the hot moving pictures you'll find on the site (even if that part was just saying, yes that's a good video). I also produce the Future Games Show and Golden Joystick Awards. Away from the office you'll either find me playing Fortnite, or walking my dog. I'm better at one than the other, I'll let you decide which.