For an industry based more and more on ongoing franchises, there aren’t as many movie spin-offs as you might think. The concept of taking a character from one popular series and putting them in another environment is more commonplace in mediums in which series last longer, like TV, where programs “Angel,” “Frasier” and “The Simpsons” eventually became as popular or more so than the original shows, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Cheers” and “The Tracey Ullman Show.”
But movie spin-offs do exist, like this weekend’s Penguins of Madagascar, in which the lovable schemers of the “Madagascar” franchise embark on their own solo adventure. And there are quite a few others as well, but most of them suck. Is it really necessary to remind you all that Supergirl, The Ewok Adventure, Elektra, Annabelle and The Bourne Legacy were all kind of crap? We don’t think so.
So let’s take a look at 11 of the better movie spin-offs, some of which are genuinely great and some of which merely don’t suck. We’ve also included two bonus films, which you could argue are technically not spin-offs.
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