The 90s had a brief obsession with the bizarre and strange. On television there was “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters” and in our homes you could find “Creepy Crawlers,” things were weird back then. The jingle for the tiny creatures was iconic and it would stay stuck in your head throughout the day. Now a version of the gelatinous monsters will be coming to the big-screen, thanks to a new deal with Paramount Pictures and JAKKS Pacific.
“Creepy Crawlers” were pretty simple, you would fill a mold with gel then bake it under a lightbulb until it solidified. You could create your own designs, and make your own Creepy Crawler to play with for about a day. The “oven,” or the “super oven” seen in the commercial below, wasn’t exactly high-tech but it got the job done.
Paramount stopped short of announcing a release date for the film and didn’t give any information about the plot or casting at this time. Studios are busy filling their schedules with throwbacks for new parents and the YA market, and Paramount is hoping that “Creepy Crawlers” is still relevant enough to attract new moviegoers, while being nostalgic enough to bring in the adult-crowd.
This week Paramount Players, a division of Viacom’s Paramount Pictures Corporation and JAKKS Pacific announced plans for the studio to acquire the feature film rights to CREEPY CRAWLERS. So a feature film is on the way, it could be live-action or CG, we will have to wait and see what the studio decides.
Let’s listen to that jingle one more time.
“We, and the studio, envision the property to be developed into a family adventure film in the vein of Jumanji.”
Just to put that statement in perspective, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” was Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time. After “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hit the $403M mark domestically, the film toppled the previous title-holder; the 2002 film “Spider-Man”.
Few could have predicted that a Jumanji reboot would ever reach such lofty heights at the box-office, so we won’t rule out a “Creepy Crawlers” franchise win just yet.
Producing the film will be Neal H. Moritz, along with Marc Gurvitz and Toby Ascher. Stephen Berman, chairman and CEO of JAKKS, will serve as executive producer on the project.