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You remember the TV series Sabrina The Teenage Witch that starred Melissa Joan Hart, right?
Well do you remember the 1996 TV movie (also called Sabrina The Teenage Witch) that aired just before the series began?
Well that's not surprising as the movie bore a number of differences to the series and with the exception of Hart and Michelle Beaudoin (who played Jenny in the series) it featured an entirely different cast. Heck even Beaudoin played a different character!
Anyway, the movie acted as an unofficial pilot to the show, so without the movie the series you loved so much probably wouldn't have happened, but that's not what we here to discuss today.
So where were we? Oh yes...
...did you know that Sabrina was based on a comic? No? Well it was!
Look, I'm not typing these words for my health you know. Sabrina The Teenage Witch first appeared in the pages of Archie Comics and so is the first on the list of movies you forgot were based on comics. Don't worry, it gets better.
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Dennis was an early '90s movie about a small brat (played by Mason Gamble) who caused all kinds of mischief as only small brats can do. In the UK the film went by the title of Dennis, yet in the US it was called Dennis The Menace. The reason for this name change was because both the UK and US have little brats called Dennis The Menace, yet they're actually completely different characters!
So the movie that you vaguely remember from the '90s featuring a Macaulay Culkin-clone that seemed similar to a character you're familiar with, is actually based on a comic you've probably never read.
Ah, another pint-sized brat who deserved a clip around the ear and yet another film based on a comic!
This one starred... erm... Mason Gamble-clone Macaulay Culkin as the world's richest kid, which must have been a huge acting stretch for the former best friend of Michael Jackson (oh sarcasm, you're my best friend).
Yes, the richest kid on the planet played the richest kid in Harvey Comics, which is something the suits in Hollywood refer to as 'perfect casting'. Culkin may have been the bigger star at the time, but with a comic career dating back to 1953 its Richie who wins in the long run. Take that Culkin!
Holy shit sticks, it's another Hollywood movie starring another annoying brat! What the hell is going on in Tinsel Town?
Yes, it's Christmas/Bank Holiday favourite Annie, directed by John Huston and based on the 1977 stage musical of the same name. But did you know that this stuff of nightmares originated as a comic?
Flame haired devil child Annie may have bewitched audiences on stage and screen during the '70s and '80s, but she was actually engaging comic-strip readers as far back as 1924 under the title 'Little Orphan Annie'.
You can bet your bottom dollar you won't forget this fact again.
Possibly one of the all time greatest teen comedies of the '80s, Weird Science was actually based on a comic!
No, I kid you not!
The Anthony Michael Hall-starring movie, famous for demonstrating how kids wearing head bras could create Kelly LeBrock, was loosely based on a story by the legendary Al Feldstein.
That story was called 'Made Of The Future', it appeared in an EC Comics book (also called Weird Science) and was brought to you by producer Joel Silver, a man also responsible for bringing Richie Rich to movie screens.
You've now just learned something about your favourite movie that you never knew you needed to know!
Take that science, you're not needed here!