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Throughout his career, James Cameron has explored the verdant valleys of Pandora and the post-apocalyptic streets of Los Angeles, but his next adventure might take place somewhere that's a little more familiar. Cameron has commissioned scribe David S. Goyer to write a treatment for a remake of the 1966 classic, Fantastic Voyage. In the original film, a group of scientists miniaturize themselves and enter the body of a fellow scientist to remove a blood clot from his brain, but they only have an hour to do so before the process reverses itself and un-shrinnks them. If you've spent a single Saturday morning watching cartoons over the past 30 years, that plot should sound terribly familiar. Every cartoon worth its salt had done at least one Fantastic Voyage parody episode (some have done several, in fact). It's almost a rite of passage. Flinging through the leaky canals of the body and dodging over-eager immune systems is material that's just begging to be animated. We've decided to collect some of our favorite Fantastic Voyage cartoon parodies from over the years.
The Magic School BusEpisode: "For Lunch," "Inside Ralphie," "Goes Cellular," "Works Out," and "Makes a Stink."Ms. Frizzle has taken her class on many field trips spelunking through the human body. Arnold, Ralphie, Janet, and even Ms. Frizzle herself have turned into the subject of a field trip in various episodes.
Captain Planet and the PlaneteersEpisode: "An Inside Job"The planeteers shrink themselves in order to battle microbes inside Kwame.
The SimpsonsEpisode: "Treehouse of Horror XV"The Simpsons clan go after Maggie after she is accidentally ingested by Mr. Burns.
FuturamaEpisode: "Parasites Lost"After Fry eats a disgustingly old egg salad sandwich, Professor Farnsworth make miniature robotic version of themselves to ward off an infestation of super smart parasites.
Family GuyEpisode: "Emission Impossible"Stewie infiltrates Peter's body in order to stop his parents from having another child.
Dexter’s LaboratoryEpisode:"Fantastic Boyage"Dexter tries to enter Dee Dee's body to find the cure of the common cold, but he ends up inside the dog by mistake.
Phineas and FerbEpisode: "Journey to the Center of Candace"In a reverse of the Dexter's Laboratory plot, Phineas and Ferb try to enter the body of a dog, but accidentally end up in the body of their sister.
Pinky and the BrainEpisode: "Brainwashed Part 1: Brain, Brain Go Away"Pinky and the Brain shrink themselves in order to foil an evil plot, but get eaten by the wrong guy.
Batman: The Brave and the BoldEpisode: "Journey to the Center of the Bat"After Batman is struck down with a mysterious disease, the Atom and Aquaman shrink themselves to combat the illness.
Rick and MortyEpisode: "Anatomy Park"Morty creates a Jurassic Park-style amusement park inside the body of the homeless man. He shrinks Morty and himself to save his creation once the homeless man starts to die.
The Fairly Odd ParentsEpisode: "Tiny Timmy"Wanda and Cosmo shrink Timmy so they can explore the body of his evil babysitter, Vicky. Vicky's body soon starts attacking the foreign invaders.
Spongebob SquarepantsEpisode: "Squidtastic Voyage"With the help of Sandy, Patrick and Spongebob use a shrinking submarine to enter Squidward's body and retrieve a clarinet reed.
Regular ShowEpisode: "Cool Cubed"Mordecai and Rigby travel inside Thomas to thaw his brain out after a slushie gives him a vicious brain-freeze.
ArthurEpisode: "Buster's Breathless"Buster gives his friends a tour of his body so they can learn about asthma.
RugratsEpisode: "The Inside Story"The babies travel inside Chucky after he swallows a watermelon seed, thinking a watermelon will grow inside the toddlers stomach.
Osmosis JonesThis film is basically one long Fantastic Voyage parody. White blood cell/detective Osmosis Jones and his cold pill partner Drix battle a malicious virus inside the moist caverns of Bill Murray. The film also spawned a spin-off television series.
Somewhere along the way, science stopped being "for nerds" and started being "awesome." It might have been the sweep of technology over our culture that instituted the shift. It might have been hallinogenic drugs. But I'd like to think that we can thank Stephen Hawking for the rebranding of all things geeky. Revered as the smartest man in the world and one of the leading names in theoretical physics and cosmology, Hawking has reared his head in various facets of pop culture — voicing his likeness on Futurama, playing pranks with Jim Carrey and Conan O'Brien, and even inspiring a character on the mid-'90s children's cartoon Dexter's Laboratory. Now, Hawking will be paid due tribute in an honor truly befitting of the genius: The Hollywood Reporter reports that writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Myrick are working on a biography about Hawking... in the form of a graphic novel.
Ottaviani and Myrick worked together previously on a bio-graphic novel about Richard Feynman, another theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner who died in 1988 after living a particularly adventurous, colorful life. It was the summer of 2012 when Hawking, who had read and enjoyed Feynman, spoke with the creative pair about exploring his story in the same medium. Ottaviani himself has a science background, having worked as a nuclear engineer and penned Two-Fisted Science: Stories About Scientists.
The new book is scheduled to bed published in 2016.
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After more than 15 years* of writing for television, Seth MacFarlane finally breached the movies game this year with the well-received comedy Ted. Since the picture's release in June, MacFarlane has amounted a growing presence in the world of cinema: he was named host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, has made mention of a possible Family Guy film, and is now reportedly behind a new big screen venture — a Western comedy that he will write, direct, and star in, which will be titled A Million Ways to Die in the West.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the film has been described as bearing the style of Blazing Saddles. The story is said to be set in the Old West, but will embrace a contemporary brand of comedy — presumably, MacFarlane's usual melding of humors sexual, scatological, and racial. Reports are that the theme of the film will surround the highlighting of the endless hazards present in your typical Old West lifestyle.
The one MacFarlane staple that might not be readily available in this setting is pop culture references; one notable characteristic of the 19th Century was its notable deficit of '80s sitcoms. Of course, the writer/director won't necessarily be barred from applying the occasional anachronism or two, or at least crafting his own era-sensitive incarnations of pop culture phenomena. Who knows? There could have been a minstrel show version of Perfect Strangers running through the American frontier at one point or another.
Hollywood.com has reached out to MacFarlane for confirmation of the announcement.
*Prior to Family Guy, MacFarlane wrote for a slew of cartoon series, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, and the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective TV show.
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