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The highly-anticipated Jem and the Holograms live action movie released its first trailer today and, well, it’s not exactly what we had expected. Jem and the Hologram purists will notice that the plot of this movie barely follows the original ’80s cartoon and merely uses its style and character names in this updated version. In short, it’s a total bummer. I mean, WHERE’S SYNERGY?
The story of this new film goes a little something like this: a video of Jerrica Benton singing is posted on YouTube by her sister Kimber, the video unexpectedly becomes viral and she is discovered by big-time record label, Starlight Music. Together with Kimber and her adopted foster sisters, Aja and Shana, Jem and the Holograms are formed and become a huge success. Not entirely the same as the animated series, but we can see the influence. Watch the trailer below.
Now, we couldn’t help but find some major similarities between Jem and the Holograms and another cartoon turned live action movie while watching this trailer: Josie and the Pussycats. Remember that 2001 movie and how utterly amazing it was?! Well, Jem and the Holograms looks and feels exactly like that…but worse. Which is why we highly recommend watching Josie and the Pussycats while waiting for the December release of this new film (or, y’know, instead of watching this new one).
Don’t believe us? Let us break it down for you.
Jerrica (Jem) is a regular girl with a regular life and close friends, a.k.a. her sister Kimber and foster sisters, Aja and Shana. Josie McCoy is also a regular girl with a regular life and close friends (who are like her sisters), Melody and Valerie.
Jerrica gets signed shortly after a video of her goes viral online, virtually out of nowhere. Likewise, Josie and her friends get signed after record executive Wyatt Frame comes out of nowhere (okay, well technically he came from the sky after an “accidental” plane crash) and spots them on the street.
Jerrica gets swept away to meet with record execs, something Josie also suddenly experiences.
The HBIC of Starlight Music in Jem and the Holograms is Erica. The HBIC of MegaRecords in Josie and the Pussycats is the fierce and fabulous Fiona.
Jem and her holograms get a glamourous makeover, just like Josie and the Pussycats did.
Jerrica meets a cute boy who we assume will become a love interest. Josie has a huge crush on her friend Alan M who gets to tag along on Josie’s big city adventures.
Together, Jem and the Holograms become overnight pop stars and gain tons of adoring fans. Josie and the Pussycats also shoot to the top of the charts and have to deal with crazed fans.
But it appears that Jerrica grows a bit of an ego (thanks to Erica) and threatens to go solo. Wait, Josie did that too! Remember when she gets brainwashed and tells Melody this crushing line?
Jerrica eventually snaps out of it and realizes that she’s alienating her family. Josie discovers a giant subliminal message scam and, oh yeah, realized that she accidentally alienated her friends in the process.
Somehow, Jerrica will get her sisters back and we are betting some good money on a finale performance that will reunite Jem and the Holograms and triumphantly show off their true selves…just like Josie did at the end of Josie and the Pussycats.
Totally similar movies, amirite?!