Gremlins Cartoon Shows James Wong, BD Wong, Ming-Na Wen

Gizmo, just as we remember him

Gizmo, just as we remember him
Photo: Daniel Knighton (Getty Images)

Gremlinsthe short film about a bunch of little green baddies going wild, is getting a makeover — a de-Gremlin-ing, if you will. (We assume it’s some sort of dehydration process.) No, it’s not the Gremlins 3 Nick Lutsko promised us two years ago. Instead, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwaithe first new piece of Gremlins-related media since 2002 Gremlins: Band vs Gadget The GameBoy Advance video game is a decidedly more family-friendly take on goblins happily killing unsuspecting humans for their own amusement.

While we’re still waiting to see what the titular little green boys will look like, Warner Bros. Animation has released footage of the people they will terrorize. They watch to like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Wakerwith its cel-shaded animation.

Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong and Izaac Wang

Ming-Na Wen, James Hong, BD Wong and Izaac Wang
Photo: HBO Max

The cast is obviously exciting. Who doesn’t want to see James Hong, Ming-Na Wen and BD Wong in a Gremlins? But were hoping a trailer reinforces some of the characters’ madness. Not to start a campaign or anything, but we want our Gremlins to be mischievous, and it looks very sweet.

I don’t know if anyone is going to be crazy about non-puppet Gremlins – that’s kind of it. But for what it’s worth, here’s the synopsis:

Rooted in the richness of Chinese culture and mythology, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai takes viewers back to 1920s Shanghai where the Wing family first encounters the mysterious creature. Sam Wing, the youngest of the family, accepts the perilous task of bringing Gizmo home and embarks on a journey through the Chinese countryside. Sam and Gizmo are joined by a teenage street thief named Elle, and together they encounter – and sometimes fight – colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. Throughout their quest, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.

The series follows Sam Wing (Izaac Wang of Raya and the last dragon), the boy who was to become the merchant of Gremlins. Thus, it is fair to assume that a) Billy’s father, who claimed to have invented the name “Gizmo,” is a lying garbage bag, and b) Gizmo is over 60 in the first movie and probably over 70 in new batch. Then maybe Mogwai are of the same species as Yoda, after all.

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai will make its way to HBO Max later this year.


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