I’ve been very tight lipped about my thoughts on the upcoming PPG special, mainly because I wanted to wait and see what they’d might do with it, if its actually going to be a real thing and most of all, I wanted to make sure my thoughts were assembled right.
I am a really, really big PPG fan. I could even compete with BeeAre over which one of us is the biggest fanboy for the show, so I may have some mixed feelings for this.
My biggest worry is that as they said in the trailer that they didn’t mess with the formula. I know the old saying if it isn’t broke don’t try to fix it or try to break it, but mixing things up isn’t always bad. I’m worried that it will just be more of the same or it will try too hard to match the original. I’m worried that they might try to make this the way Craig McCracken would and as season 5 and 6 of the show is any indication, its not always a good idea to mimic what someone else would do. McCracken had left the team in that time and they tried to recapture what he would do by trying the same stuff over again and it came off as uninspired. I actually think it would be better if they tried to do their own thing instead of mimicking what came before and it seems like that’s what they’re doing here and I’m worried that it will just end up with something uninspired. Granted they might try their own thing and it might still fall flat, but that’s the risk you run with this sort of thing. Do you try something new to mix things up or do you play it safe.
I’m one of the few maybe who thinks that this may not be all that good. I don’t think it will be terrible mind you. I‘m mainly worried it will feel like a wasted opportunity. I know its just a one shot special, but I wouldn’t doubt CN green lit this with some hopes that they’d might be able to make a series out of it. I’m also worried that they’re more concerned with the brand name and not the actual characters.
Yeah... that last part sums up a lot of my worries for this: "They’re more concerned with the brand name and not the actual characters." I've seen this happen a lot over the years so I'm a little (more like a lot) paranoid about it.
I would actually like to see some new PPG episodes. Key word on ‘new’.
I don’t want to see them do the same thing McCracken did in the original, I want to see a fresh new take on it, because otherwise why should this even exist in the first place. You might as well just show reruns of the original. If it just stays a special then I guess I could see it as a somewhat cute and charming attempt to recapture the appeal of the original, even if it didn’t have the same amount of originality.
I would love for this to be great and it be something that would remind old fans of why they liked the show and introduce a new audience to it and motivate them to watch the original series. But I’m worried that they’ll just try to mimic what McCracken would do too much and nothing else. I heard that McCracken wasn’t working on this and that wouldn’t bother me too much, if I thought they’d try something more original with it. I’m not a big fan of the new designs, not just because they’re different while the other characters in the trailer looked the same, but because I get they wanted to try something different with the girls looks, but I don’t think they went far enough. I’m all for updating their designs, but I wouldn’t call this an update, its more like they want to try a new look, but they’re too afraid to really try something. Maybe I’m just nostalgia blind, but these new looks for the girls just don’t seem to hold a candle to the others. Kusang, I’m not sure, but it doesn’t seem like he’s too into them or the over all art style either, but I could be wrong, its hard to judge tone from the type word.
My main worry is that they won’t shake things up, they won’t try anything that’s been done before and the whole show will feel water down. If they’re going to do their version of PPG, by all means go for it, but don’t be afraid to do something that hasn’t been done yet.
I know that my PPG fanart tends to be pretty out there so I have no room to complain if someone tries to take the series in a new direction, in fact I’d welcome it. I would love to see a new perspective on some of my favorite characters, but I worry that we won’t get that and this special (and maybe the series that I don't doubt they're trying to get out of it) will suffer from a drastic lack of originality. The girls can still be the same age they were back then. I'd like to see them older, that's one thing I play around a lot with in my fanart, but they don't need to be older. They can still be just as fun and cool as they were back then if they stayed the same age, you just need to keep it interesting.
I love the original series and I always will, even season 5 and 6. But I don’t want to see someone try to copy and paste it with a new coat of paint. I want to see these characters that I love in a new and fresh perspective. If its just a special then it will just come and go. If its good it will be welcome addition to something I still hold near and dear to this day. If its bland, uninteresting or just plane bad it will be like the black sheep of the family. Kind of like the 1998 American Godzilla film (the monster in that movie has been officially renamed Zilla by Toho by the way).
So, yeah. Despite being a really big PPG fan I’m not at all excited for this special. Mostly because even I have my cynical bastard moments and I worried it won’t be good. I welcome it to prove me wrong though and I would love it if it did.
If its good I’ll put it on its deserved pedestal. If it isn’t I’ll just do my best to forget about it. That they risk you run with adaptations though. You need to know what to add, to subtract and what to multiply. Some people are better than that than others, but what you mostly need to start things off though is the creativity and straight up balls to be original. It can sometimes be hazardous waters around those parts.
I’ve been holding a lot of this in for a long time and I’m sorry if this seems so long and a little too much like I’m rambling. I’m kind of in a weird mood right now, two things I really love (PPG and Godzilla) are both about to see the light of day again and I’m worried it will be another let down in both cases.
Well, these have been the long ramblings of a PPG fan. Sorry it ended up being so long.
On the bright side, even if it does turn out to be mediocre, it will still be better than PPGZ. That show actually offended me.