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It's a pretty rare thing for CGI/live-action hybrid films to come out halfway descent, particularly when they feature pop culture icons. Sure, movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Ted are great, but it's far more common for them to end up like The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, Garfield, G-Force, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked...the list goes on and on. So what would have happened if they used CGI/live-action to make feature films for Hong Kong Phooey and Marvin the Martian?

Today we somehow have a taste of what that could have been like. Cartoon Brew has discovered test footage from in-development projects based on the aforementioned characters that was posted by director Alex Zamm. The Hong Kong Phooey footage even has what sounds like an Eddie Murphy imitator doing the character's voice (the comedian was rumored for the part for a long time). Personally, I prefer the Marvin the Martian test footage. In addition to being one of my favorite cartoon characters from when I was a kid, this video is more in the spirit of the cartoon and doesn't feature an annoying celebrity voice in the lead. Check them both out...

If Zamm felt comfortable posting these that probably means that the projects are dead...but is that a good thing? Based on what you saw here, would you want to see full feature versions? Let us know in the comments!