Fan reaction to the first ‘Jem and The Holograms‘ trailer probably wasn’t what Universal Studios had hoped, when it debuted back in May.  Despite Jem/Jerrica, played by Audrey Peeples whispering the famous catchphrase, “Showtime Synergy” there seemed to be no trace of Jem’s holographic guardian anywhere in the clip.  In fact, there was no trace of most of the elements that made the original ‘Jem’ cartoon so popular and memorable, most noticeably bad girl rivals The Misfits.  It was like the reaction to ‘Fantastic Four’ but on a smaller scale.

Stefanie Scott, who plays Kimber, cautioned, “I think that [fans] have to see the movie to understand that things that they think are missing are in there.”

Director and producer Jon M. Chu insisted the movie was a “hundred percent true to the spirit of Jem.”

The movie also stars Aurora Perrineau as Shana, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, Ryan Guzman as Rio, Molly Ringwald as Aunt Bailey and Juliette Lewis s Erica Raymond.  (Fans of the cartoon will note that Aunt Baily is adapted from housemother Mrs. Bailey and Erica Raymond is a feminized version of the show’s main villain Eric Raymond.)  Britta Phillips and Samantha Newark, the original singing and speaking voices of Jem will also make unrevealed cameos.

Now a new video has been released that features clips from the movie and commentary by Chu, the cast and even Christy Marx, the head writer and story editor of the original series who is responsible for creating most of the ‘Jem’ mythology.

Will it make you more interested in the movie?  Check it out and see!


More of the same friendship and believing in yourself and staying true to yourself rah rah that’s “a hundred percent true to the spirit” of every single sitcom and movie on Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel.  Seriously, all of them.  Every single one.

I seem to recall ‘Jem’ being more about this:

Jem, just based on the simple premise of the show, WAS a false identity, but it wasn’t thrust upon her by corporate bigwigs.  It was created to prevent a conflict of interest when she needed her own band to compete with The Misfits and wrest control of her father’s record company away from Eric.

In the clip, there is a glimpse of one of those dumb robot TOYS which flashes the atom-like logo of Synergy… is that how far the mighty computer has fallen?


To this?

Well… it’s hard being a Jem fan because it isn’t as huge as other nostalgic toy and movie properties, so if you’re a fan, you feel the need to really turn out and support anything ‘Jem.’  But this…?

Tough call.  Will you be hitting the theater on October 23rd when this opens?  Or is it “Show’s Over, Synergy” for you?

Source: Coming Soon