It started very innocently. As these things usually do. ...

One of the Deseret News artists was supposed to be compiling the weekly list of movie box-office totals, which appear in the Friday Weekend entertainment section.

I'm not saying which of them did it, but there was a funny goof. One of the films on the list was accidentally labeled as "Nim's Island Hears a Who!"

Apparently the artist in question cut-and-pasted parts of the titles from two children's films, the live-action fantasy "Nim's Island" and the animated hit "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

Now I can't say what that movie would be like. But the cartoonish "Nim's Island" version of Jodie Foster might fit into the animated Seuss world quite nicely.

And yes, this goofing around has led to one of my favorite things, namely combining movie titles and coming up with something different. Sometimes these "concatenations" lead to something better. Here are some recent movie title scrambles:

"30 Days of Prom Night" (combining "30 Days of Night" and "Prom Night")

If you put them together, these two lame horror movies should be able to come up with one decent scare, right?

"Fool's Golden Compass" ("Fool's Gold" and "The Golden Compass")

And surely the Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson dud and the fantasy flop would be more interesting if they were combined, right?

"Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus: War of Two Worlds Concert" ("Hannah Montana/Miley Ray Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" and "War of the Worlds")

No offense to the "tween" television/music star, but the only way I'd be interested in seeing her perform is if there were extraterrestrial battles involved.

"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Strikes Back" ("Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back")

Hey, if Kermit the Frog could show up in the magical toy store, then why couldn't another Jim Henson creation, Yoda?


Sometimes the scrambling does lead to a few things that are too horrible to consider. Such as "Good Luck Bride of Chucky" ("Good Luck Chuck" and "Bride of Chucky"), "Mr. Bean's Holiday of the Dead" ("Mr. Bean's Holiday" and "Day of the Dead"), "Superbad: The Quest for Peace" ("Superbad" and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace") and "There Will Be Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane" ("There Will Be Blood" and "Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane").


Kudos to my critical cohorts and longtime pals Eric Snider and Scott Renshaw, who pitched in with a few scrambles as well.

Among Snider's contributions were "Elizabeth: The Golden Compass" ("Elizabeth: The Golden Age" and "The Golden Compass") and "Passage to ZarahemLa Bamba" ("Passage to Zarahemla" and "La Bamba").

And never one to be outdone, Renshaw came up with "Forgetting We Are Sarah Marshall" ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "We Are Marshall") and "Step Up 2 The Street Kings" ("Step Up 2 the Streets" and "Street Kings").

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