I was watching a documentary earlier today about 1989 (on demand on the National Geographic channel). They mentioned The Simpsons, The Little Mermaid and Batman all becoming successful media franchises selling toys, clothing, video games, etc. Then they mentioned that the movie Rain Man, released a year earlier, was successful at the box office, but didn’t have a video game tie in, or become a media empire.
But…what if it did? Would we have talking Raymond dolls saying “Time for Wapner,” “I’m definitely definitely not wearing my underwear” or just randomly melt down and make sweet love on the autism spectrum from time to time?
K-mart could’ve sold “authentic” Rain Man tightie whities, Hell maybe they’d still be in business now! Though I doubt that…Or what about a Rain Man video game? Your goal is to take him out of the institution and encounter as few obstacles as possible on a road trip. Lose points when you buy the wrong underwear or Raymond has to miss People’s Court. Game over when you get caught cheating at the casino or Raymond guesses the wrong number of candies in the jar!