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Popular Kids' Movies You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Based on Not-So-Kid-Friendly Books

13 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Admit it -- somewhere along the way, a kids' movie gave you a grown-up fright, whether from the wolfish Gmork in "The Neverending Story" or a glammed-out David Bowie and his band of baby-stealing Muppets in "Labyrinth." That's because underneath a fuzzy layer of singalongs and talking animals, there's usually a layer of harsh reality. It's a sweet way for kids to learn not-so-sweet lessons, kind of like giving them bubble gum-flavored cough syrup.

But the rabbit hole goes deeper. Some of our biggest and brightest children's stories -- movies, that is -- actually tell tales that started out in the adult realm. And if you've ever had a job with a manager, had to learn what a tax write-off is, or one day found yourself reading the Nutrition Facts on your food , you know the adult realm is a very, very scary place. Here are the movies that go there, »

- Dan Ketchum

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Abrams Talks His "Roger Rabbit 2" Idea

13 March 2016 9:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In the wake of its release almost thirty years ago, talk of a sequel to Robert Zemeckis' "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" floated around and yet, in the time since, nothing ever really came of it.

Speaking with the Nerdist (via Slashfilm), this week to promote "10 Cloverfield Lane," Abrams was asked about Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy which led to him revealing a story about one of the first calls he got from Kennedy back when he was a teenager. It seems at one point he was involved in a 'Roger Rabbit' sequel meeting:

"When I was 16, Kathleen Kennedy called Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and I, to ask if we would repair these 8mm films Steven had made when he was a kid. It happened because we were in a film festival and she had read about us in the La Times. So, of course, we »

- Garth Franklin

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Watch: 13-Minute Video Essay Details The Book Vs. Film Differences In 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

5 February 2016 8:06 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ah, long before the days of Pixar and the anthropomorphic puppets in Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” there was “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,” a slightly risqué animated outing from Robert Zemeckis that follows detective Eddie Valiant as he finds himself amok in toon caper after toon caper, trying to reunite husband and wife Roger and Jessica Rabbit. Read More: Ranked: The Films Of Robert Zemeckis Now, if you call yourself a real toon fan, you must’ve already known that Roger Rabbit was based on a 1981 novel by Gary K. Wolf entitled "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?." Another look at the modernization of animation, the rights were picked up by the Disney very early on, though not much of what took place in between the pages remained for the big screen version. In their new video essay, the team at Cinefix has broken down the differences between the book and the film, »

- Samantha Vacca

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