The trailer for the "Jem and the Holograms" movie was released this week, and across the Internet, it was met with almost the exact same reaction: noooooooooooooo.
The trailer (which you can watch above) depicts a teenage girl named Jerrica who has has a penchant for singing but a fair case of stage fright — and is catapulted to stardom after her sister uploads a video of her to YouTube. Fast-forward to the quick shots of Jerrica being renamed Jem, starring on stage with her sisters in a band, being hoodwinked by an aggressive manager, and you have yourself a movie that looks absolutely nothing like the 1980s cartoon on which it is based. Not even Brat Packer Molly Ringwald (starring as Jerrica's foster mother) can make up for it.
In case you need a reminder, the cartoon Jem, which ran from 1985 to 1988, is basically based on one construct: that music company owner Jerrica, with the help of a fancy computer named Synergy, can touch her earring and become Jem through a hologram program. Yes, the distinction between Jem and Jerrica is about as good as Superman's Clark Kent glasses, but that didn't prevent an entire generation of youngsters from loving the guise.
And those angry fans came out swinging, noting all the ways in which this trailer (which had generated high expectations upon its announcement) did not do its job properly. From seemingly eliminating holograms entirely to not showing any Misfits at all (hello, they're in the theme song!), there's a trail of betrayed '80s kids hitting the Internet today:
As I thought JEM is ruined. http://t.co/RtMB60oW1z No magic, No synergy. No Scifi & No Truly Outrageous song. By-the-numbers Generic Script.— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) May 13, 2015
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) May 13, 2015
I thought Michael Bay was the king of ruined childhoods....then I saw the "Jem and the Holograms" trailer. ....WOW. #futureflop— Toni M. (@wailingwriter) May 13, 2015
"They didn't stick to ANY of the source material!" - 31-year-old adult man watching trailer for "Jem and the Holograms"— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) May 13, 2015
And then, of course, our favourite who-knew superfan weighed in:
I watched the Jem trailer. No star earrings? Where are the misfits? 😢— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) May 13, 2015
It has to be said — this Jem trailer has plenty of people truly, truly outraged.
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