Reading this thing about how Bill Murray may think Ghostbusters 3 is probably a bad idea makes me think of the hypocrisy my generation has when criticizing Baby Boomers.
Sure, we have some good fun doing it. We’ll point out that boomers have a cultural death grip that they should let go, not just with the Superbowl halftime show but also things like Christmas songs. Man, those crazy boomers…when are they going to move over and let the next generation have any cultural input?!
But then we’re guilty of the same exact thing when we say we WANT Ghostbusters 3 to come out. We’re so happy that Arrested Development is going to come back because of Netflix. Transformers the movie? WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
These aren’t all boomer things. These are our things. And some of them deserve to be remembered as they were when we were younger, not perpetually dug up and released to market for a quick buck, blocking the up and comers from ever getting recognition…at least that’s the argument, isn’t it?
One of my favorite childhood memories is reading Calvin and Hobbes comics. My guess is if you were born between 1975 and 1990 you probably feel the same way. Imagine how different you’d feel if Bill Watterson cashed out and licensed Calvin and Hobbes for movies, cartoons, TV shows, merchandise. But he didn’t sell out. Besides the collections, all Calvin and Hobbes merchandise you see is unauthorized. The comics stand on their own, and they’re much richer because of that. Calvin and Hobbes is one of the few media properties from our childhoods that retain some integrity and dignity.
Which is why I think Bill Murray is right when he says “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts!”
Does anyone really think Ghostbusters 3 would be any good?
Well, maybe some of us do. And besides, it might be fun to share a piece of your childhood with your kids. With the downtime that usually comes with the end of the year you might be all set to watch Star Wars with your kids. My dad liked to do this too. I remember him putting on Babes in Toyland when I was a kid. He also likes to watch The Bells of St. Mary’s with his granddaughters.
And they couldn’t look more bored.
If something from your childhood is good, your kids will probably figure it out on their own. It doesn’t need to be put on life support.