The Boondocks is considered one of the most controversial, social, political conscious black cartoon series ever. I was impressed with a black cartoon show that exposed the social issues and propaganda that is prevalent throughout the black community. Everyone is waiting for Season 4 of the Boondocks to come out, but Aaron McGruder has another project in mind. He has decided to come out with a live-action movie based on one of the most controversial animated characters of the Boondocks, Uncle Ruckus. Uncle Ruckus represents the epidemy of black self-hatred that we have seen within other black people.
I was intrigued about the idea for the movie until I found out that the rest of the characters of the Boondocks, Huey, Riley, and Robert Freeman (Grandad) are not going to be in it. Why? According to Aaron McGruder, he stated,
“There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast. The animated feature would cost around 20 million, but a live action Uncle Ruckus movie could cost a fraction of that. So just for the hell of it we had the costume made and it was pretty amazing. To see Gary actually transform into Uncle Ruckus… it’s quite the surreal experience. I never expected the transition to be so completely seamless.”
In my opinion, I feel that it’s imperative to have the rest of the animated cast in the movie in order to balance it out. Uncle Ruckus’ character is a self-hating and low self-esteemed black male that has a very low opinion of the black community. He is the very mis-educated negro that Carter Godwin Woodson depicted in his book, The Mis-Education of the Negro. Huey is a young black boy who is socially and politically conscious of the infrastructure of white supremacy who can bring the black consciousness within the film. I personally feel that producing this movie with only Uncle Ruckus would take away from the Boondocks brand as a subliminal storyline that exposes the real black issues of today.
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