Travel Movie Watch: ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  06.03.09 | 2:05 PM ET

No, seriously. The goofy globetrotter with the striped shirt is getting a movie all his own. And it will be live action. Over at Get the Big Picture, Colin Boyd has a scathing look at the project, suggesting that Universal’s decision to pick it up after Paramount gave up on it “might showcase a fairly pronounced stupidity.” I’m inclined to agree.

Now, it’s not that I have beef with Waldo. I thoroughly enjoyed his books as a kid, and I think he could work on screen in, say, an animated, semi-educational TV series aimed at young children. (Oh, wait—they already did that.) But a live-action, feature-length film? That’s a lot of spotting-hats-in-crowds. As one commenter on Boyd’s post was quick to ask, what kind of plot would a “Where’s Waldo?” movie have?

Another commenter replied with a storyline suggestion: “A plucky 20 something makes his fortune in tech but realizes that his life is devoid of any true meaning, so he gives it all up to travel the world and do his trademarked happy dance in strange locations only to make millions more by putting up videos of said happy dance on a popular internet website!”

Wait. That idea sounds familiar, too. Doesn’t Hollywood create anything original, anymore?

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

5 Comments for Travel Movie Watch: ‘Where’s Waldo?’

Marilyn_Res 06.03.09 | 4:05 PM ET

Followed by the best-selling book, “Where’s Waldo’s 10-Second Workweek.”

Eva Holland 06.03.09 | 4:07 PM ET


no name 06.03.09 | 5:01 PM ET

a John Green reference!! He’d be perfect for the part! =D

Family Travel 06.03.09 | 5:02 PM ET

You’d be looking for a straight hour and a half until he was shown at the last minute where’d they’d show him fullscreen and comment “You got Pwned!!!”

Plane Tickets 06.23.09 | 3:54 AM ET

What you describe doesn’t sound like Timeline the father was trapped in the 1350’s. Part of what you describe sounds like The Time Machine, the other like Meet the Robinson Family. lol

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