This was totally true when I was in grade school through high school. Though I did want to see the Smurfs movie when it came out, and the Scooby Doo movie still has a place in my childhood, but I'm not a big fan of the 3D Smurfs or Chipmunks. I'd be better off with the original cartoons (and comics, in the case of the Smurfs).
But CGI adaptations seem to be getting a LOT better imo, I mean look at Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Then they got a CGI Peanuts movie coming out some time and the animation there looks a helluva lot like in the old cartoons, which is pretty cool because we're used to seeing the more realistic CG character and movement in movies (like the CGI Smurfs and Chipmunks from some years ago).
Some people still don't like CGI, even I went through a time in my childhood when I got sick of it, but I personally don't mind it these days. Besides, do y'all know how much work it is making a 3D model or even animating it? I found a free 3D modelling program years ago and I tried it, and lost my patience.
But personally, if I was making a live action movie of my own, I'd rather use either puppets or 2D animation for fantasy/cartoonish characters. Haven't seen many recent movies like that aside from the Muppets franchise and the show, Out of Jimmy's Head.
*sighs* Why does everyone make a huge deal out of this? They aren't even canon to the original cartoon. I may not be interested in these movies, but jeez la weez just avoid them. Besides, it's not like everything Hollywood has brought us is bad.
It depresses me that when you think about it, in maybe twenty to thirty years, my future kids will be asking to see a live-action/CGI SpongeBob movie where SpongeBob and his friends come to the surface to help a couple in New York with their relationship. My response, "NO. You want a SpongeBob movie? I'll put on the DVD for The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie".
Not to mention that the old 2d cartoons are getting rebooted into CGI for the same reasons, cash-grab & views (since people will pay more to watch these ugly animated characters). Just look at Franklin, an good old cartoon with beautiful animation, & cute-looking characters, now done in CGI? WHY?!?!? The old cartoon didn't need it! The new one looks so cheap, ugly, & uninteresting (same goes for Angelina Ballerina [I didn't care for the old cartoon much, but it looks way better]). Next they'll be doing the same thing to Little Bear.
I actually liked "Alvin and the Chipmunks" films (I didn't know about these characters until I watched the first film, and then I was surprised when I found that they originally appeared in old cartoons) and "Smurfs" (same... or are they from comics?), but I get it why so many people hate these films, and I'm not raging at them. I'm kinda glad they forgot about this dude from the 40's >>> , or my childhood could have been ruined...
When I saw the commercial for Yogi bear's CGI movie I died a little on the inside. I know that the movie business isn't doing that well, so they need to re-make older cartoons people will recognize and want to see to ensure that the companies will make money, but come on. At least make the movie good. :I
What I don't understand is why all these old cartoons are even getting films. Scooby-doo I can understand since it's more recent and reruns some but not stuff like Yogi Bear or The Smurfs. I doubt any kid these days even know what the heck these old cartoons are and I doubt even less that adults are going to go see it. The films are like throwing money down a proverbial rat hole.