See Modern Family's Ariel Winter As Dora The Explorer
If you hadn't noticed, young adult properties are the hotness these days. Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games -- Hollywood is chomping at the bit for the next teen-friendly story to turn into a multi-million-dollar film franchise. But why stick to raiding the YA shelves when you could aim lower? Wait, that doesn't sound right. What I mean is, why not pick up some properties that are aimed at younger audiences, then reimagine them for broader audience appeal? There are plenty of kids' shows that have name recognition even amongst people who would never actually watch an episode. For instance, why not redo Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer as a big-budget action thriller?
That little bit of fun is by way of College Humor, and if Dora looks familiar it's because she's played by Ariel Winter, who plays young Alex Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family. I think they're on to something. Just running through the shows I'm regularly exposed to as the father of a pair of 20-month-old twins, I can already see the potential. Clifford the Big Red Dog? Monster movie. Dinosaur Train? Speed meets Jurassic Park. Let's make this happen.
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