Now, in theory, I'm in favour of this. I believe in warping our childrens' minds with the same kinds of popular culture that we were warped with. But there is a part of me that groans when more 80s nostalgia starts turning into 'nowstalgia'. Look at all the reworkings, revisionings and rebootings of 80s films, sitcoms, cartoons and pop culture that keep coming out every year. Can no one come up with anything new?
I understand what's going on here. People like Tobey Maguire, raised (if not born) in the 1980s, are coming into their own now. They suddenly have all kinds of money and Hollywood clout, and when Maguire decides he wants to make a live-action version of the anime series Robotech, there's no reason why he shouldn't. On one level, it's homage. On another level, it's just taking what someone else was creative enough to come up with, remarketing it for a new generation, and getting all the credit.
The question I can't overlook is this: What does this say about our society? Does this mean that North American art and culture reached its perfection in the 1980s, and that everything else is a pale imitation? Or does it mean that in the 21st century, we're so creatively bankrupt that we're left raiding our own childhoods just so we can make movies, toys and TV?