Initial Thoughts on the New ALF Film

Fans have been waiting for ALF to come back to the big screen for several years, and are now getting their wish! As I read online articles about the upcoming ALF movie, I noticed both excitement and cynicism in the writing of the authors. From the fans, I have seen both excitement and concern in the last 12 hours. One question I was asked several times was, “will the Tanners be in the movie?” Honestly, it’s doubtful, as most of the cast is retired from acting. I also don’t see it going along with the rumored storyline, which is about ALF’s life on Melmac prior to crashing on earth. Again, this is not a confirmed storyline and dates back to 2006. I am hoping that there will have at least one cameo appearance, or one of the original cast members lending their voice for a character. Probably unlikely as well, but it never hurts to fantasize.

There also seems to be an overreaction, in my opinion, about the hybrid live-action/CGI concept for the film. We are all accustom to seeing ALF as a puppet…CGI would be blasphemy, right?! I prefer to take a more positive approach. We die-hard fans have 110% faith and confidence in Paul Fusco, and he has always made sure that the character remains “magical,” and I personally don’t see any reason that that will change with this film. It is possible that ALF could be a puppet for parts of the film, and that CGI would only be used for full-body shots, and anything requiring ALF to be more “active.” That is where I feel the hybrid part comes in. It would open up what the character can do, but will still retain the tradition and magic of the original character. I think we all need to wait and see more. If it is as good as the CGI Yoda, I think we will be pleasantly surprised. Regardless of what comes, I am excited for this film and have faith that Fusco & Company will deliver to their loyal fans. This I know for sure: we have not seen the last of the ALF puppet! I’m sure we will be seeing him in guest appearances for years to come.

Seeing as information on the plot is still a closely guarded secret, and rumors of it being about ALF’s life on Melmac has not been confirmed, it is impossible to speculate how the film will do. I spent part of the day reading reviews of the Smurfs movie, which was also done by Sony Pictures Animation, and has the same producer as the new ALF movie (Jordan Kerner). Most negative reviews I read were regarding the storyline and dull characters. We need to keep in mind that there will be a different writer, and quite possibly a different director, so I have no doubt that ALF will be the superior of the two films. Also, will it be geared towards adults? Children? Most likely the latter, but one thing that was terrific about the sitcom is that it appealed to both children and adults alike. I’m hoping that this film will be similar to the Shrek franchise in that it appeals to all ages. If they can achieve the same success with this film, we will definitely be seeing much more of ALF on the big screen! ALF: The Movie 2?

Cheers to Paul Fusco, Alien Productions, and Sony, as they are about to introduce ALF to a new generation of fans!