DreamWorks Is Developing ‘Hot Stuff’

Image created by Fungasm.

DreamWorks Animation is developing Hot Stuff, starring the diaper-wearing demon-baby Hot Stuff the Little Devil, who originally appeared in Harvey Comics. The film may be DreamWorks’ first live-action/CGI hybrid, according to anonymous sources in the Hollywood Reporter.

Siblings Wendy and Lizzie Molyneux (Bob’s Burgers) will pen the script. With Mr. Peabody & Sherman now out, Hot Stuff would become the second feature starring characters from the Classic Media library, which DreamWorks acquired in 2012 and renamed DreamWorks Classics.

The image at top was created by Twitter user Fungasm who edited a CG Smurf into a CG Hot Stuff. Now all DreamWorks needs to do is find a few Twitter users to animate the film.


  • http://www.fooksie.com/ Fooksie

    Could be interesting. While Fungasm made a good attempt, I would hope that DW would create Hot Stuff more on model with the Harvey comics.

  • Joseph Patrick

    Wouldn’t “Small Soldiers” count as one of their first CG-Live Action hybrids? Sometimes they would use live-puppets, but for the most part they had them computer animated.

    • AmidAmidi

      That wasn’t a DreamWorks Animation film.

      • same difference.

        But it was a Dreamworks film. Back when it came out, “Animation” had not split out into its own separate division. Live action, and Animation was both under the “Dreamworks” banner.

  • Tony

    I’m sure the Dreamworks artists can come up with a better looking design. Say what you will about Peabody and Sherman, at least they did a pretty good job of translating the original 2D designs.

  • http://the-animatorium.blogspot.com/ Natalie Belton

    NO MORE LIVE ACTION CGI HYBRIDS BASED ON POPULAR FRANCHISES! My childhood (and my sanity) can take it no longer…

    • CG Animator

      ‘Hot Stuff’ is a “popular franchise”? Since when?

    • Matt

      You’re not going to start a revolution. are you?

  • Christopher Smigliano

    I’m sure THAT news is gonna bring out the religious fundamentalists and fox news commentators in DROVES…

  • Dana B

    Way to continue your hot streak, DreamWorks…

    (It’s a good thing it’s morning here. That image above is pure nightmare fuel.)

  • Clutch

    Ok well…that’s not surprising. I still don’t know why DW won’t adapt Ben Balistreri’s Seaweed book into a film. I mean…he works for them and all and it’s ripe for an adaptation…just sayin’

  • Brittany

    That sounds like a horrible idea. D: Half the country isn’t going to send their kids to watch the devil movie. Especially one called “Hot Stuff”.

    • nevilleross

      Have you ever read any of the Harvey comics, Brittany? If not, then please don’t speak, and please don’t presume for the rest of the world that nobody will like this simply because the character looks like Satan (you’ve probably never head of Hellboy, I’ll bet.)

      • Funkybat

        The concern is that the increasingly unhinged religious right will make this movie one of their “causes” and use it to try to gain more attention for themselves, and at the same time take digs at “those disgusting creeps in Hollywood” who are “polluting or children’s minds with this filth.”

        Honestly, for a while in the 90s I thought that the 80s-era fuss over He-Man and Dungeons & Dragons was gonna be the last of this kind of reactionary garbage we were going to hear regarding children’s entertainment. But no, the wacko hate machine just keeps on keepin’ on….

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      • Andrew Kieswetter

        What about Devilman?

        • nevilleross

          What about him? I wouldn’t mind seeing an American version of the character, live-action or animated.

  • Sparagmos

    Hmmm…since you mention Classic Media, Amid, I wonder if Dreamworks will ever do anything with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Admittedly, it’d be tough to top the ever-popular TV special.

    I’d like to see a film starring Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, his “goil” Pearl (in her ORIGINAL red-haired temperamental incarnation, not the blonde ditz she was denigrated into) and Nightmare, the Galloping Ghost. That could make an interesting and fun movie.

    And I’m sorry “Peabody” isn’t doing better. It’s really a wonderful movie.

  • DangerMaus

    No. Not another live action/cartoon hybrid abortion that destroys the character. The only films that ever pulled this off successfully were “Mary Poppins” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”. The rest of these live action/cartoon hybrids have been uniformly bad.

    The only bright side is these things keep animators and other artists working. However, I’d rather see those people working on fully animated films, not these awful melanges.

    • Funkybat

      They are probably hoping to do this along the lines of the CG/live action Casper movie. That movie was moderately entertaining at best (and memorable to me mostly for the unexpected dramatic twist toward the end) but it was still probably the best of the “genre” of classic cartoons-in-3D/live action-hybrid films. And to think, it was one of the earliest (if not THE earliest) of these! I think it helped that Casper and his ghostly antagonists were very in character, not trying to be too badass or overly contemporary. I couldn’t make it through the Chipmunks movie I tried to watch (I think it was the third one) and am simply horrified by the look of most others just from the trailers.

  • Concerned

    Yesterday I read an article on their upcoming film ‘Home’, and in the comment section was a user who said that the Boovs’ horns reminded them of the devil, and that they would not allow their children to see the film because of this. I kid you not.

    Marketing a little devil for a family film is not going to be easy.

    • Funkybat

      When did they change the title from “Smekday” to “Home?” This is the first I’d heard that title (not that I can blame them for changing it to something else!)

      But yeah…..people looking at everything through a Christian Fundamentalist lens are going to see boogeymen where they want to see them.

  • cckrad

    i hope this is the theme song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKsEJbkmyW4

  • DangerMaus

    You know, if Dreamworks is serious about rebooting these characters then the least they could do is put out some hardcover or album-style reprints of the comics and the previous animated series that used the characters as a means of reminding newer generations that these characters existed.

    I know there is a bunch of sophisticates here who would cringe at the thought of these characters being resurrected, but they were iconic characters for their time and they don’t deserve to be dustbinned when it comes to their place in the historical timeline of cartoon art.

    I probably shouldn’t admit it, but as a kid I enjoyed reading a lot of these characters more than any of the spandex wrapped superstupes that came to dominate the comics shelves.

    • Jerry

      When Peabody and Sherman came out they re-released the show on DVD. and put out books for it.

      • DangerMaus

        I hope they do the same for some of the older cartoons for these characters. That way if the reboot bombs at least some other good will come out of its creation.

        • nevilleross

          Considering that Harvey no longer exists, I din’t think that will happen.

          • Funkybat

            Well, it’s not like the old comics don’t exist, and they haven’t fallen into the public domain. As far as I understand it, Dreamworks owns the rights not only to the characters for new works, but the existing library, which includes all media. The only instance that would possibly fall into a “grey area” I can think of is the Richie Rich 80s cartoon done by Hanna-Barbera, which I think is neither entirely H-B’s nor Classic Media’s.

            The point is, Dreamworks could easily republish or allow a third party to republish the old comics (while under the latter arrangement, taking a cut of the profits.) They may not be the usual stock and trade of Fantagraphics or IDW, but I know there is a demand out there since they have basically become orphaned works, just not in a legal sense. I think reprints of the actual comics in monthly book for or trade paperback would be more accessible to kids (new audiences) than a hardcover “definitive” collection (older fans) but I’d take either. The humor is cornball and the art is just a shade better than middle-of-the-road, but they are indeed “classic” at this point.

          • nevilleross

            Oops, my bad, there already a comic book called Casper & The Spectrals, which updates Casper and his pals to the present day: http://casper.wikia.com/wiki/Casper_and_the_Spectrals

    • Fred Patten

      Yes, the Harvey-character comic books were often better than they were given credit for. I remember that the first time I saw anywhere the scientific fact that the planet Jupiter is a mass of hot gases rather than a solid frozen hard planet was in a Casper the Friendly Ghost comic book.

      I assume that DreamWorks knows that all the religious fundamentalists will scream about a Hot Stuff movie promoting demon worship, and boycott it, and that they assume that a Hot Stuff movie can be profitable despite this. I always thought that fear of the religious fundamentalists was probably the reason that Paramount & Famous Studios never made any Hot Stuff animated cartoons when Casper, Baby Huey, and the other Harvey cartoon characters were popular. Wendy, the Good Little Witch, too.

  • Mister Twister

    WAT

    This is not April 1st… is it?

  • DJM

    Oh, god, OH GOD. That is hideous. Absolutely, f****** hideous. Where’s the mischevious, evil little grin? The creepy impishness?

    • optimist

      The image isn’t from Dreamworks, just something pulled off the internet.

  • jonhanson

    Wow, they’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel for stuff to reboot now aren’t they?

    • Funkybat

      Their thought it probably to try to pull an “Iron Man” where they take a character only vaguely familiar to the general public and “reboot” them without a lot of fuss like you’d get from a Superman or Hulk reboot. Then, build on the success, or alternatly, put the failure behind them by doing something with a more prominent member of that stable of character like Casper or Richie Rich. Honestly, other than Richie, Casper and Baby Huey, most of the Harvey characters have fallen into cultural obscurity. The Jay Ward characters are much more well-known these days (while legally tied-in with Harvey, were historically completely unrelated.) I am sure they are biding their time to take on Rocky & Bullwinkle (whatever happened to that 2D R&B short, by the way?!)

      • jonhanson

        I don’t know about a 2D short but last I heard there was supposed to be a 3D short before Peabody and Mr. Sherman. Judging from the only image ever released I’m not terribly surprised it was shelved: http://i.imgur.com/aTWKyZu.jpg

  • Christopher

    I think it might be good. No one under 50 cares about hot stuff so the movie doesn’t have to worry about staying true to the original. I’m sure there is an interesting story that could come out of a devil in diapers.
    FOX news will find a way to say that it has a secret gay agenda no matter what the story is.

    Personally though, I would love to see DWA make a movie out of another Harvey franchise, Huge Retarded Duck, sometimes known as Baby Huey.

    • jonhanson

      I feel like there could be interesting stories about a demon in diapers but it’d have to be a real demon. Like a from hell, minion of Satan, damned soul demon.

      For some reason I don’t think DreamWorks will go in that direction.

    • Jinks147

      They made a movie about a duck like that a long time ago, namely that clunker known as Howard the Duck!

  • Bizzenboom

    -insert complaint here-

    • Gerit

      It leaves me cold.

  • Jerry

    Since they are adapting classic media movies they should do Gumby.

  • Robert Schaad

    Alternate theme song: http://youtu.be/gVpzrxjiAtc
    I look forward to it, as long as they stay true to the spirit of the character and comic.

  • George Comerci

    I think DreamWorks is running out of ideas…you know what would be cool is if they did a fairytale film…of course everyone would be pegging it as a Disney rip-off…

    • nevilleross

      How is How To Train Your Dragon and Kung-Fu Panda a rip-off of anything?

    • Captain Obvious

      Ummm……They’ve already done that…..a movie called “Shrek”. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

  • DreamNotReallyWorking…

    I heard that Dreamworks will be partnering with “Hydrox” and “Faygo” to sponsor this fiasco of a movie. Who in their right mind would spend $155 million dollars to buy this library of crappy cartoon characters?

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  • Roberto Severino

    What an odd thing to make a reboot of. A character that probably hardly anyone remembers or cares about as much as I like the old Harvey comics. I’m speaking in a general public sense there. Hmmmmmm.

    • Jonathan Wilson

      Maybe that’s the reason why there making this movie, to get people to notice the classic, forgotten characters. You know there are folks out there who probably still remember the character…

      • Harvey comics……yawn.

        I remember that I hated him. I guess thats something.

    • nevilleross

      Ever considered that what Dreamworks is doing is similar to what Marvel’s doing by making an Ant-Man movie and Guardians of the Galaxy movie?

      • not even close.

        Except that its going to Suck.

  • nevilleross

    Actually, there’s a modern adaptation of Casper, Wendy, and Hot Stuff that shows them as pre-teens, with Wendy wearing a hoodie: http://www.comicvine.com/casper-and-the-spectrals-1-casper-and-the-spectral/4000-194947/

    • jonhanson

      Wow, check out that attitude!

  • jonhanson

    The Japanese attitude toward demons is definitely surprising from an American perspective. Even as a non-religious individual it’s weird to see awkward seeing demons being portrayed as the good guys.

  • Funkybat

    Speaking of cute animated angels and demons, this makes me wish for an R-rated (or better, UNrated) feature animation of “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.”

    • DangerMaus

      I’ve been meaning to check that series out. Just haven’t got around to it yet. It looks off-the-wall from the bits and pieces that I’ve seen. The super exaggerated parts of that show really struck me.

  • Paul M

    How about this – start off with a Richie Rich movie, only make him an evil junior Bond villain with a fetish for torture and plans for world domination. Then he gets murdered by a jilted ex employee and becomes Casper, the mean little poltergeist, taking delight in terrorizing young orphans and abandoned kittens. Finally, after being exorcized, he is transformed into Hot Stuff, who, with the help of his adorable legion of infant damned souls, wages war against Satan for leadership of Hell and domination of the underworld, in order to usher in a new age of darkness and despair.

  • John A

    He’s a comic book character, I don’t think he’s EVER been animated. I used to read the Harvey Comics as a kid, and I really don’t know what his story is, although I’m sure I have seen about a hundred Cover gags involving him playing with fire. Doesn’t seem like a great subject for a kid’s film.

  • HalSolo

    Suddenly the terrible tramp stamp on a girl I once dated will come to horrible, CG life.

  • nevilleross

    What is Sherman’s Lagoon?

    • DangerMaus

      A newspaper comic strip by Jim Toomey. I thought it sounded familiar, but I looked it up to make sure.

      Link: http://shermanslagoon.com/

  • Jinks147

    This would be kind of neat to see Hot Stuff appear in TV or movie productions of some kind! Hot Stuff was a star of Harvey comics but no cartoons of Hot Stuff were ever made, unlike other Harvey characters such as Casper, Herman and Katnip, and Little Audrey.

  • ella

    I… want something better from you dreamworks kay thanks