In last week’s blog post, I wrote about sports in sitcoms and the difference between focusing on sports as the main topic in movies compared to TV shows. There are a significant amount more sports movies than sport sitcoms and not only are there more, but movies about sports are incredibly popular and loved.
Last weeks blog post then inspired me to look into what qualifies a sitcom to be turned into a movie. Why is Sex and the City able to make several movies out of their popular sitcom when Friends, an arguably more loved and popular sitcom, is not?
A potential reason behind this could be the cast and depend on the popularity of the characters, however, I feel as if in this case, Friends’ cast crew is just as qualified as the actors in Sex and the City.
The transfiguration of TV shows into movies and vice versa seems to happen much more frequently in cartoons. There are countless ‘mini-series’ or children’s cartoon shows that have been turned into movies. For example, Transformers, and The Ninja Turtles are two TV shows that originated as cartoons, but were then translated into a more adult, action-packed film.
This is also a prominent trend in Disney Channel movies and TV shows. It seems as if every Disney Channel TV show eventually comes out with a movie associated with the series. The Even Stevens Movie, The Hannah Montana Movie, and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie are just a few of Disney Channel original movies that were directly created from a show.
I also feel as if the viewer/fan demand has a huge role to play in the decision to convert the TV show into a film. Perhaps the producers of Friends thought converting the much adored show into a movie would take away from the show’s fluidity and unique storyline.
I cannot seem to put my finger on exactly what is different from show to show in terms of desired movie qualities, or even why the transition is so much more popular and seemingly easier in children/teen shows and cartoons. All I know is I would definitely watch “Friends: The Movie” if they decided to make it.