I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I feel about today’s announcement that ’80s cartoon favorite, “Jem & The Holograms,” is being made into a live-action movie. Mostly because three dudes who could not possibly understand the cultural significance of “Jem” are making it. They are: Scooter Braun, who manages, or attempts to manage, Justin Bieber; the producer of the “Paranormal Activity” movies; and the director of “G.I. Joe.” I mean, it would make more sense for, say, Drew Barrymore’s company, Flower Films, to reboot the classic, which is about a professional woman named Jerica who moonlights as a rock star named Jem. Well, whatever. It’s happening. The producers are looking for casting suggestions, and while I’m not entirely sure who I would like to see in the various roles, I whipped up a few badly photoshopped renderings of Jennifer Lawrence as Jem and Taylor Momsen as Pizzaz from The Misfits. Side note: How good does J. Law look with cotton candy-colored hair? Truly outrageous, no? [MTV]
Jem, the larger, cooler Barbie. At least to me she was. That’s why I’m so excited for this news. Hasbro has made a deal with Integrity Toys for a modern day line of Jem and the Hologram dolls. “Inspired by the TRULY OUTRAGEOUS characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fans and collectors alike ever since, this nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, which was originally marketed from 1985 to 1987,” writes Integrity. Each doll will set you back $125 and they’ll start shipping next month. Take a look at Jerrica Benton, her alter-ego Jem, Synergy, and good ol’ purple-haired Rio (more to come down the road). Read more…
“Just because the show was for kids, I would never write down. I would write the kind of deep, rich story that I would like to watch – just trusting it would communicate to the viewers, and it did. The characters were rich, and deep, and had a lot of life to them, a lot of threads… It was like a big, grand soap opera for kids. Also, I’ve found that the basic sense of someone who has two identities… That resonated with a lot of the viewers. There was just something about that fundamental essence of figuring out who you are, and being torn between two identities – particularly, I would have to say for a lot of gay viewers. I think it struck a very, very strong note for a lot of young gay people who were struggling with their own identity at the time.”
– Christy Marx, the creator of “Jem and the Holograms,” talks about the lasting power of the show. I totally missed the deeper level of Jem at the time. I mean, I was in the single digits. I loved Jem because I was already performing at the time. I related to the idea of being able to take on a different identity on stage. Also, her clothes were amazing. [MTV]
“Jem and the Holograms” was my favorite television show as a kid. The show tells the story of Jerrica, a rich girl whose dad leaves her a record company when he dies. He also leaves her a pair of earrings that allow her to communicate with Synergy, a holographic computer. Synergy allows Jerrica to create an alter ego, Jem, to front a band to save her father’s record company. Goofy, yes. But I loved the over-the-top ’80s costumes and the fact that the show featured two kick-butt female bands, Jem and the Holograms in addition to The Misfits. So I am totally thrilled that on October 11th, the entire series comes out on DVD. To get you excited, behold. The first 10 minutes of the iconic show. Enjoy.
I have some truly, truly, truly outrageous news. My new favorite network, The Hub, will start airing reruns of “Jem and the Holograms” on May 31. “Jem” was hands down my favorite cartoon of the ’80s, and I guess in many ways was the precursor to “Hannah Montana.” I distinctly remember the joy of racing home after school to watch owner of Starlight Music, Jerrica Benton, transform herself (thank you, Synergy!) into pink-haired rock star and frontwoman of the rad band, Jem and the Holograms. Honestly, my favorite part of the show was their rival band The Misfits. Heck, I was even Stormer for Halloween two years ago. I cannot wait to rewatch this series. I already have The Misfits anthem, “Welcome to the Jungle,” in my head. [EW] Keep reading »