Of the many, many reasons to love the folks over at Cinefix, their 8-Bit Cinema series might take first place. Their videos have delighted us for quite some time and we’d love to be able to see any film in this style. Thankfully they keep cranking them out so their library of videogamed (totally a verb) movies continues to grow. Not ones to just re-make the popular films of today, they occasionally go back and re-imagine a comedy classic like their latest: Happy Gilmore.
A recent article on Entertainment Weekly focused our gaze on the 8-bit Sandler flick (no, not Pixels) and we couldn’t be happier with what Cinefix has produced. As with all their “8-bit” shorts (yes, we know, some are closer to 16-bit), the film is recreated in classic video game graphics and ends up looking like it could have been a halfway decent game back in the day. A mixture of sporting event style gaming with side-scrolling adventure fighting, we follow Happy as he hits (literally in most cases) the major plot points of the film. We see his story arc from failed hockey player to successful golfer unfold in under three minutes in various stages, from exacting revenge on the alligator that ate Chubbs’ hand to taking the beating of a lifetime from Bob Barker.
With each stage completed, Happy wins his Grandma’s house back from the evil 8-bit Shooter McGavin, and we’re treated to a shot of the unfortunate kid who thought he was tough enough to take Happy’s same batting cage training barrage. Our only gripe with this video is how they decided to go with a midi version of “More Today Than Yesterday” for the end credits, instead of how the movie really ended with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone.”
What’s your favorite 8-bit Cinema? What other Sandler movies would you like to see in this format? Let’s discuss in the comments below!