It’s one thing to make a Transformers or G.I. Joe movie, but Dreamworks optioning the View-Master — that little plastic binocular thing that used to thrill us with 3-D celluloid images we’d marvel at by holding it up to the light — seems to be taking toy-based movies to a whole new level. Transformers and G.I. Joe, well, they’re characters, however shallow and stiff and silly. But now we’re talking about optioning what was essentially a primitive version of a movie itself — little still pictures we’d look at because, well, we didn’t have anything cooler to look at. The only thing I find interesting about the View-Master now is how old it makes me feel to think that I was once entertained by it, given the lifelike videogames and personal DVD players kids demand these days. So I guess this movie could make me face my own mortality, which seems pretty deep, though unlikely.
What do you think a View-Master movie plot could be, PopWatchers? And what other toys from your youth could this open the door for? Play-Doh? Colorforms? Shrinky Dinks? Sit ‘n’ Spin?