Movie Based TV Shows And How They Don't Affect The Theatrical Movies They're Based On

SweetShop209

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The relationship between movie based tv shows and the theatrical movies they're based on are interesting. Any elements introduced in the tv show would not be incorporated into any theatrical sequel (or what's at least seen as an official sequel regardless of where it was released). This is usually so as to prevent continuity lockout that may not attract the biggest audience. To give a few examples:

The Penguins Of Madagascar movie may share its name the 2009 Nickelodeon series, but other than both projects using the action/spy element and having Brandon Sawyer as a writer and Danny Jacobs as King Julien, the movie is otherwise set in the same world as the Madagascar theatrical movies, while the tv show is set in its own alternate continuity. None of the elements introduced in the tv show like Marlene or Dr. Blowhole appear in the movie.

Perhaps another example would be the How To Train Your Dragon sequels. Despite the 2nd movie coming out while the tv show was still running, it continues from what the first film established, and doesn't show any characters introduced in the tv show, like Heather.

If one thinks this is only exclusive to Dreamworks, then let's look at Disney, albeit with an interesting example. The original Lilo And Stitch movie spawned three DVD movies and a TV show (looking just on the Western Animation side of things and not the Japanese and Chinese tv shows). However, of the DVD movies, the only one that's considered an official sequel is Lilo And Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch due to having the approval of Chris Sanders (where he was only directly involved with the original movie and only voiced Stitch in projects where he isn't creatively involved). It has characters from only the original movie and nothing else, with the animation nearly on par. The other 2 DVD movies, "Stitch! The Movie" and "Leroy And Stitch", are the respectively pilot movie and series finale for Lilo And Stitch The Series.

For one more example, let's look at Curious George. There was a theatrical movie in 2006 that had 3 DVD sequels, as well as a PBS Kids series later in the year. Despite both having Frank Welker as George and some of the same producers, as well Jeff Bennett voicing The Man In The Yellow Hat in the sequels, they're otherwise in their own continuities. For example, none of the characters from the tv show like Betsy and Steve and Professor Weisman have appeared in any of the sequels. Likewise, the man is named in the movies (Ted) and he runs the museum, while he works at the museum in the tv show.

As mentioned, this is usually done so sf to prevent continuity lockout. It seems like you can have tv shows build off the movies, but not vice versa.

And that's all I have. What do you think?
 

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I remember the Real Ghostbusters was a continuation of the first movie, but the second movie had it as if in the movie's world, the events of The Real Ghostbusters didn't happen, and in post=Ghostbusters II episodes of Real Ghostbusters, that movie happened, in a way, somehow.

Continuity lockout is one reason movie-based TV shows usually don't have events affect the movies or vice versa, but it could also be because movie screenwriters probably don't want to be beholden to something on a TV show. Are you going to tell some big-name Hollywood person they can't tell the story they want to tell because it contradicts or interferes with something a cartoon, a comic book, or tie-in novel did or said?
 

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Captain Underpants. Characters, personalities, and plot points are completely different in the show from the movie(example: in the movie, CU got his powers from radioactive leftovers, while in the show, he got it from super power juice, like in the book).
 

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The "the events of the movie happened, but in a different way" is an unique kettle of fish when it comes to TV shows based on movies. The Men in Black cartoon series did this, by having the first movie happen, but without Agent K retiring (it was probably for the best the series wrapped up before the other movies got made, TBH).

On another tangent, Batman: The Animated Series was probably meant and intended to be a spin-off of the Tim Burton Batman movies (being released in the wake of Batman Returns, Penguin and Catwoman's character models reflecting that movie's look, and Commissioner Gordon referring to the Joker as Jack Napier all but confirm this, but Timm and Dini had other ideas, and those things were retconned away by the time The New Batman Adventures came along.
 

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The "the events of the movie happened, but in a different way" is an unique kettle of fish when it comes to TV shows based on movies. The Men in Black cartoon series did this, by having the first movie happen, but without Agent K retiring (it was probably for the best the series wrapped up before the other movies got made, TBH).

On another tangent, Batman: The Animated Series was probably meant and intended to be a spin-off of the Tim Burton Batman movies (being released in the wake of Batman Returns, Penguin and Catwoman's character models reflecting that movie's look, and Commissioner Gordon referring to the Joker as Jack Napier all but confirm this, but Timm and Dini had other ideas, and those things were retconned away by the time The New Batman Adventures came along.
In terms of BTAS, pretty sure they were given the greenlight to do whatever they wanted. That's why they kinda reintroduced Riddler, Two Face and Mr. Freeze to the audience again. For Two Face and Poison Ivy for the very first time.

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The Simpsons Movie wasn't referenced in the show itself aside from the season 19 premiere opening sequence until the episode "Boy Meets Curl" in which the Inuit medicine woman from the movie shows up and converses with Homer along with Lenny saying "it's been done before" when Mr. Burns attempts to install a dome in Springfield in "The Fool Monty", though The Simpsons fall under the "negative continuity"/"status quo is god" tropes.
 

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Star Wars: Clone Wars is a pretty good example. Characters are shown performing physical feats far beyond anything that happens in the movies. Grievous in particular gets injured at the end of the series just to give him a hacking cough and weaken him enough so he’s more in line with Episode III.
 

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Star Wars: Clone Wars is a pretty good example. Characters are shown performing physical feats far beyond anything that happens in the movies. Grievous in particular gets injured at the end of the series just to give him a hacking cough and weaken him enough so he’s more in line with Episode III.
Very good example.

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