Cartoon spin-offs make good financial sense -- hell, you can squeeze more merchandising and brand recognition if kids are watching your characters everyday after school than if they just see a movie once. But what sense is there in making a kid's cartoon from a film that kids are never going to see? Would kids be clamoring for a Taxi Driver toon where Travis and Iris travel the world in their magical cab? Or would they adore one where Hannibal Lector, Clarice Starling and a talking lamb solve mysteries? Sure those are ridiculous, but is it any more crazy than expecting kids to want to watch animated stories about a gunned-down cop? And yet, back in the '80s and '90s, they cranked out a bunch of cartoons based on properties that never should've been expanded into kid's shows. Here are the ones that we can't believe ever made it to screens.

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