For all of us who feel a little out of touch with the recent output from DreamWorks Animation, including Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda, we're in for a real blast from the past. The studio has thrown down $155 million for the rights to parent company Classic Media's massive library of iconic characters, including Lassie and The Lone Ranger. Here are six Classic Media characters from the good old days that deserve the big-screen animated treatment.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
It's been almost 30 years since the scantily clad He-Man last protected Eternia from the nefarious Skeletor on our TV screens -- more than enough time to bring him back into the spotlight. The early-'80s cartoon has developed a massive cult following, and could really succeed as a revamped CGI adventure.
But let's not forget the show's origins. The Masters of the Universe were originally a line of toys, and if DreamWorks wanted to go the untraditional route, they could hire Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame to access the show's comedic potential -- and yes, there is a lot -- by using the original action figures for a Team America-style spoof. Though we could probably do without the five-minute sex scene this round.