Can We Skip or Reverse the Uno TV Show?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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It's fitting that Mattel and Hasbro respectively control the toy rights to DC and Marvel, because when it comes to transitioning into other media, their strategies seems to match that of the comic company with which they work. Hasbro made big-screen versions of Transformers, G.I. Joe and even Battleship; Mattel still struggles with He-Man, and in the meantime will be giving us...an Uno TV show.

Yes, the card game will be the basis for both an hourlong and half-hourlong game show that will likely require contestants to just be smart enough to recognize colors and numbers. You realize, Mattel, that you probably could have gotten away with a movie about an intergalactic Uno tournament for the fate of the world, right? Hasbro pretty much did.

My childhood memories of Uno are tied in to an even simpler version of the same concept that I played first, a UK card game named Whot? Which of course led to the following "hilarious" exchange I would frequently have with my father...

"What do you want to play?"
"Uno"
"I don't know. What?"
"No, not Whot?, Uno!"
"I don't know. What?"
"No, not Whot?, Uno!"
"I don't know. What?"
"No, not Whot?, Uno!"

Et cetera. My dad like repetition as much as any little kid, so it could go on a long time. And I think I'd still rather watch 30 minutes of that than an Uno game show.

h/t SlyDante


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