Last night, we found out that The Blues Brothers is coming back again. This time in cartoon form and on television. As avid fans of the original movie, we had to take a little time to let this sink in.
We know that The Blues Brothers were great in original form. Whether on Saturday Night Live or on screen the whole concept worked magically. Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) were funny and entertaining. Everything worked. Belushi and Aykroyd became megastars. They were on a top TV show, starred in a hit movie, and had a smash hit with their music album.
After the original came Blues Brothers 2000 about 20 years after the original. Replacing John Belushi was his brother Jim. The laughs couldn’t be replaced. Relying pretty much just on nostalgia we all know how the sequel was received.
This time around, Dan Aykroyd is teaming up with Judy Belushi and SNL writer, Anne Beatts. The series will featured animated versions of Jake, Elwood, and the band. According to THR, “each episode will feature a score and soundtrack curated with the soul, blues and R&B classics and hits performed by the Blues Brothers, as well as new performances made specifically for the show.”
We feel like there is some reason for optimism with the new series. Blues Brothers 2000 had little chance for success. John Belushi couldn’t be replaced and the absurdity of the on-screen version of The Blues Brothers story felt like a one time deal (a one time deal that can be watched hundreds of times over and over). Going animated should provide a little bit more flexibility. It also likely won’t be held to the same standard that 2000 was. Where this new series will land remains to be seen, but we’ll be there to check it out and weigh in when it is available to the public.