When a work becomes popular, it is likely to get adapted to another medium, often by people of a completely different mind than the original creator. Sometimes the adaptation stays true to the source, at least enough to please the creator. Sometimes, however, the adaptation makes the creator cry, and cry very vocally against it.
A few creators will have enough pull to limit the distribution of the adaptation, or disallow further derivative works based on it. But in most cases, the creator signed away the rights long ago, and can do little more about it other than write Strongly Worded Letters and perhaps strive for more creative control in the future.
Compare Only the Creator Does It Right. Contrast Creator-Preferred Adaptation and Spiritual Adaptation. Can also lead to No Adaptations Allowed when the creator gave out dissatisfaction to the adaptation of their work and will not give out rights to any other adaptations to their work.
This is usually limited to works that were adapted while the creator of the original was still alive. While we would like to think that some posthumous adaptations have the creator rolling in their graves, we'll never know for sure. However, there have been some cases where family members/estates of the deceased creator have taken this stance against an adaptation if they own the rights of the work. It's also worth noting that several examples here, while disliked by the creator, were very well received by critics and fans so this does not automatically mean the result of the adaptation was terrible.
Examples sorted by the format the work was adapted to:
- Katsura Hoshino hated TMS Entertainment's original anime adaptation of her D.Gray-Man manga for eight years due to TMS changing several elements of her stories, through adding filler, and also changed some scenes and characters. When TMS wanted to make Hallow, and release it simultaneously with the manga, Hoshino understandably refused as she didn't think a new anime would be successful. TMS had to convince her to approve it. Ultimately, she supervised the Hallow anime, possibly to make sure they stay on-point with her story and characters.
- Largely averted with Akira Toriyama, who is generally quite positive regarding most adaptations of Dragon Ball. That said, he has his moments:
- Downplayed example regarding Dragon Ball Z: While Toriyama has heavily praised the anime for the most part, and considers it to be as important as the manga, he criticized the anime's use of Adaptational Heroism on the part of Goku:
"Son Goku from Dragon Ball doesn't fight for the sake of others, but because he wants to fight against strong guys. So once Dragon Ball got animated, at any rate, I've always been dissatisfied with the 'righteous hero'-type portrayal they gave him. I guess I couldn't quite get them to grasp the elements of 'poison' that slip in and out of sight among the shadows."
- He implied early in its run that he was displeased with the Dragon Ball Super anime, although it should be noted that this quote came prior to when the series was agreed to have grown the beard:
- Downplayed example regarding Dragon Ball Z: While Toriyama has heavily praised the anime for the most part, and considers it to be as important as the manga, he criticized the anime's use of Adaptational Heroism on the part of Goku:
- Buronson, writer of Fist of the North Star, was pretty receptive of the 1986 movie version at first, but ultimately criticized it after it came out, commenting in issue no. 16 of Weekly Jump in 1986 that the animators focused way too much on the violence and not enough on the character drama.
- Shigeru Miyamoto did not like The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach! because he felt it was trying too hard to be a carbon copy of the Mario games. Surprisingly, he likes Super Mario Bros., as he said it at least took creative liberties and told an original story.
- Yoshihiro Yamada for unstated reasons demanded his credit for Hyouge Mono be changed from "original work" (原作; gensaku) to "original concept" (原案; gen-an).
- The animated movie version of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was supposedly so poorly received by the creator, Hirohiko Araki, that he has refused to release it on home video ever since its 2007 theatrical release. But there is also the version that happened because of Shueisha terminating their relationship with the film production company A.P.P.P. as a result of the controversy surrounding the references to the Quran in the prior JoJo OVA series.
- Masami Tsuda despised the animated adaptation of Kare Kano. She wanted a balance between the romance and the comedy. However, director Hideaki Anno wanted to emphasize the comedy more than the romance, as he had just finished working on the rather dark and self-psychoanalytical Neon Genesis Evangelion. Tsuda got so upset that she wanted Anno fired, at which point he straight-up quit, forcing Gainax to abruptly end the anime gecko-style.
- Hisashi Suzuki did not like the anime adaptation of his Light Novel series Mahou Sensou, due to the studio being very lazy in constructing the plot and ending the series in a bizarre Gainax Ending despite the amount of material that was available.
- Tove Jansson did not approve of the changes made to the first anime adaptation of The Moomins (1969), feeling that it strongly misinterpreted her work and intentions for the characters. The series was soon discontinued, and Jansson refused for it to be licensed overseas. This adaptation has also never made it to DVD, due to the fact that two different studios worked on it, as well as not being able to obtain permission from Jansson's estate.
- Hayao Miyazaki disowned New World Pictures' Macekre version of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, titled Warriors of the Wind, and refused to allow any of his other works to be dubbed for many years. By 1997, however, Disney negotiated with Tokuma Shoten, the then-owner of Miyazaki's own Studio Ghibli, to release the films unedited. Studio Ghibli was so serious about this that for Princess Mononoke, one of the producers mailed a katana to Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, along with a note reading "NO CUTS" upon the agreement.
- Of Powerpuff Girls Z, Craig McCracken said, "I'm sure it'll do well in its home country", which sounds like a polite condemnation of the series.
- Riyoko Ikeda disowned the ending of the animated adaptation of Rose of Versailles for having Alain leave the army to become a farmer. To drive home the point, the sequel Eroica starts with Alain having been discharged for political reasons but still in Paris, and he rejoins the army early in the story after impressing Napoleon Bonaparte himself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin disowned Tales from Earthsea, a Studio Ghibli adaptation of some of the Earthsea books. Her initial response can be read here. However, she did stress she liked many things about it:
"It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie."
- Yoshihiro Togashi was allegedly so upset with all the changes that Noriyuki Abe did to the anime adaptation of YuYu Hakusho that it was rumored to be one of the reasons why he cancelled the manga as a whole. This was later debunked. Togashi revealed that he ended the manga on his own accord as he was tired and felt he couldn't really take it further after the Chapter Black Saga. The Three Kings Saga was just wrapping up loose ends.
- Joueur du Grenier: Frédéric Molas has said in an interview that he doesn't like the Joueur du Grenier comic, and recommends to not buy it. He specifically associated with Piratesourcil because he knew the artist could produce the kind of comic he wanted, and they came up with various jokes on par with the kind of humor found in JdG, but the editor scrapped all of their ideas to make something more consensual, resulting in a rather bland comic. He even included a Take That! to it in one his video, where his younger self read the comic and he tells him to stop reading that crap.
- Bruce Timm implied in an interview for Justice League: Gods and Monsters that he isn't a fan of Harley Quinn's New 52 redesign and those derived from it, hence Harley's death in the tie-in miniseries Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles being a Take That! to New 52 Harley.
- The Malibu Comics adaptation of Street Fighter was cancelled after three issues because, according to a statement at the end of the third issue, Capcom themselves didn't like it. The comics made several controversial changes, the most notorious of which was killing off one of the series' main characters in the second issue.
- Warlord of Mars, the adaptation of John Carter of Mars was notoriously disowned by the Edgar R. Burroughs estate, who filled a trademark infringement lawsuit against its publisher Dynamite Entertainment citing the nude cover variants featuring female protagonist Dejah Thoris as they feared it would harm their brand. Surprisingly, the lawsuit did little to affect the comic and its spin-off's publication until 2014 when the dispute was amicably resolved, and both parties have worked together to relaunch the comic.
- In an interview, Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons outright said that he refused to read Doomsday Clock, going on to say that it was the politest thing he could say about the story.
- Toei Animation evidently has something against Dragon Ball Z Abridged, given how often they send out copyright strikes against the entire series. They also forced Funimation to remove Team Four Star from a dubbed episode of Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters.
- Neither Jason David Frank, nor Saban themselves, were fond of the Power Rangers fan film satire, Power/Rangers, which featured a Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier take of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as a parody of the general concept of "darker" remakes and revivals. Frank cited the content as the reason (though Frank isn't opposed to a PG-13 version of the franchise) and Saban had it temporarily removed from YouTube with a bogus copyright claim. Frank's reaction could be him not realizing that it was a satire though it seems a lot of other people online didn't get it either, as comments on the film on YouTube and online media outlets praised it for making Power Rangers "cooler" and "badass". Conversely, though, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, and even Steve Cardenas liked it, despite the latter's character getting hit hard with the Adaptational Villainy stick, and Carla Perez, who was the suit actor for Rita in American footage, reprised her role in it.
- One of the most extreme examples of this is Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat, based on Robert Crumb's work. Crumb hated the film so much he killed the character off and refused to reuse him ever again. He also wasn't too fond of the documentary Crumb.
- At a convention appearance, animator Don Bluth made it very clear that he absolutely hates all of the direct to video sequels to his films.note His thoughts on them were blunt:
"Hate them! Hate them! Those were mechanically produced, they're not making me feel anything, the music is messy, the drawings don't work, the story isn't going anywhere and at the end of it, I just lost time."
- The son of Carlo Collodi, the author of the original The Adventures of Pinocchio book, hated the Disney adaptation for playing fast and loose with his dad's story, and even unsuccessfully tried to sue the studio for misrepresenting his father's work.
- Per word of Chuck Jones in his book Chuck Jones Conversations, who did his own animated adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's stories, Kipling's daughter hated the Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book for being an In Name Only adaptation of her father's work:
"Before we started our film, I discovered that Kipling's daughter was still alive and called her. In an elegant, British Dowager-like voice, she confirmed my pronunciation (of Mowgli's name) and added "and, I hate Walter Disney." It was the only time I ever heard anybody call him Walter. In her lifetime, she said nobody ever pronounced anything but Mauwgli."
- Jones himself came to loathe a lot of the later Looney Tunes cartoons made without the supervision of him or other members of Termite Terrace. He allegedly was so vocal about his qualms with the movie Space Jamnote during its opening party that an executive had him forcibly led out of the premises.
- The descendants of Victor Hugo bashed Disney in an open letter to the Libération newspaper for their ancestor getting no mention on the advertisement posters for the Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and they harshly criticized the film itself as a vulgar commercialization of Hugo's story.
- Although Greg Farshtey, author of the BIONICLE comics and books, has said negative things about the original direct to video trilogy, his usual stance was that they're okay but the books and comics are better. However, his creative differences with the creators of the third movie (who made Vakama a traitor, throwing away his previous Character Development) reportedly made him very upset, and though he argued against the story's direction, he was only distantly involved with the movies, so the writers' word overrode his. According to him, if he had the opportunity to get rid of one part of the storyline, this would be it.
- The Animated Adaptation of Charlotte's Web made by Hanna-Barbera was despised by E.B. White, the author of the original book, because he said that "the story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don't care much for jolly songs. The Blue Hill Fair, which I tried to report faithfully in the book, has become a Disney World, with 76 trombones. But that's what you get for getting embroiled in Hollywood." White's wife wrote a letter to Gene Deitch (who, ironically, is friends with White) in 1977 saying: "We have never ceased to regret that your version of Charlotte's Web never got made. The Hanna-Barbera version has never pleased either of us... a travesty..."
- The Animated Adaptation of The King and I by Rankin/Bass was so despised by critics and the Rodgers-Hammerstein estate alike that the latter stated there would be no more animated films based on their plays.
- The 1970s animated adaptation of The Mouse and His Child was despised by Russell Hoban, the author of the book, who said that it butchered the source material. He did find the voices of Peter Ustinov (Manny) and Cloris Leachman (Euterpe) good, however.
- Any and all film adaptations of Alan Moore's work, whether they've been made, about to be made, or topics of discussion for being made, will automatically fall under this:
- V for Vendetta: Moore specifically requested that his name be removed from the production after Joel Silver (the film's producer) lied about Moore's enthusiasm for the shooting script. This, and the rather poor quality of previous adaptations of From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, prompted his (in retrospect, possibly hasty) decision to have his name removed from any and all adaptations of works he has no ownership of, and his pseudo-royalties distributed amongst the relevant artists. Hence, he has received no money from the filmmakers behind V for Vendetta, Constantine, or the Watchmen movie. Also, since the Watchmen film, adaptations of Moore's works were credited to the co-creators (e.g., the adaptations of Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke were credited to Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland, respectively).
- Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen once said that the best-case scenario of ever getting Moore to watch his movie was that there might come one odd day where Moore accidentally puts the DVD into his player and turns it off after a second. Moore replied to this by saying Snyder was giving the movie too much credit; "I'm never going to watch this fucking thing".
- Fantastic Four (2015) was completely shunned by Marvel Comics who did everything to disassociate themselves from the film including not mentioning it on their official website. Bear in mind that they listed all other movie adaptations made by other companies including the infamous Howard the Duck. It's really telling that Stan Lee, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, declined to make his obligatory cameo in the film, not out of health or scheduling issues, and instead appeared in Deadpool. It also has yet to be assigned an official reality number in the Marvel Multiverse, something that even the unreleased 1994 The Fantastic Four movie and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark received, and The Punisher #12 had Ink Suit Actors of the film's cast be violently killed in an explosion◊.
- Stan Lee shared his thoughts on the Marvel films he disliked:
- Daphne Du Maurier disliked Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of her short story The Birds (particularly for changing the setting to America). In fairness, Hitchcock had told the screenwriter to mostly ignore the short story, as all he wanted to use was the title and the core premise of birds attacking people.
- Michael Ende requested that the movie adaptation of The Neverending Story be killed before release or, failing that, not be associated with his name in any way. They did neither.
- Given that adaptations of Stephen King's novels tend to be hit-or-miss, it's no surprise that there are a few that he isn't proud of. Some of the ones he did dislike, however, may be surprising:
- He didn't hate the movie The Lawnmower Man, but sued to get his name off of it because it was largely an In Name Only adaptation.
- He quite famously had a lot of problems with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, to the point where he's said it's the only adaptation of his work that he remembers outright hating. He felt that, while the film has a lot of memorable imagery, it was far too emotionally cold and distant for his liking, and diverged too greatly from the novel (for example, ignoring the themes of the family's disintegration and the dangers of alcoholism). He was also opposed to the casting of Jack Nicholson, feeling that his performance made it too obvious from the start that Jack Torrance was unhinged, and felt that the film's version of Wendy was "one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film." Lastly, he disagreed with the decision not to film at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the inspiration for the book's setting.note The changes irritated him enough that, in 1997, he produced and wrote a made for TV miniseries adaptation of the book. He has warmed up to it over the years, even regarding it as an excellent horror film, just not a good adaptation.
- He has dissociated himself from both remakes of Carrie, as well as The Rage: Carrie 2. Unlike The Shining, though, this isn't so much because he thinks they're a disgrace to his original novel, but rather, because he thinks they're a disgrace to Brian De Palma's 1976 film adaptation, which he finds to be a better work than his book.
- Probably the adaptation King would most like to distance himself from is the 1984 version of Children of the Corn. He had written a script, but the producers instead chose one that turned the story into a more conventional horror film. He was very upset that they misled him long enough to keep him from being able to sue to make them not put "Stephen King's ..." over the title in the ads.
- The only film King likes less than Children of the Corn is the film adaptation of Maximum Overdrive, which he directed himself. He admitted to making the film while in the middle of a nasty cocaine habit, and has gone on record as calling it a "moron movie."
- While he liked the creative team behind the film adaptation of The Dark Tower, as well as some of the casting decisions, he strongly disagreed with the studio's decision to gun for a PG-13 rating, blaming it for the film's failure with critics and at the box office.
- Roald Dahl examples:
- Dahl was so angry with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory — he wrote the original script for it and received sole onscreen credit, but it was heavily rewritten by Bob Kaufman and David Seltzer; also, he wanted Spike Milligan to play Willy Wonka and was disregarded — that he left it in his will that the source novel's sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator could never be made into a movie. Subsequent adaptations, such as the 2005 Tim Burton film, notably have no sequel hook and end on notes of complete closure. Moreover, Dahl's disowning of this film was behind him not granting film rights to any of his other children's books until the late 1980s; films of Danny The Champion Of The World and The BFG arrived in 1989 — and then the Rule of Three set in the next year with...
- The Witches, the last Dahl adaptation released in his lifetime. The only thing he was pleased with was the casting and performance of Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. He was particularly upset over the Bittersweet Ending of the book being replaced with a Happily Ever After. The story goes that he stood outside cinemas with a megaphone telling people not to watch the film!
- Madeleine L'Engle, who wrote A Wrinkle in Time was asked in an interview for a book called The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy whether the 2003 film lived up to her expectations. She said "Oh yes. I expected it to be bad, and it was."
- Elizabeth Knox cried for days after watching the film adaptation of The Vintners Luck. In a bad way.
- P. L. Travers hated the Disney film adaptation of her Mary Poppins books, which served as the subject of the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks. In a rare 1977 interview, Travers would later state that she thought the film was well made and had a lot of positive aspects to it. However, she felt it was so different from her books that she wasn't happy with the final product. When a stage musical was made in the '90s, Travers stated that no one from the film production were to be involved with the making of the musical. This included any new songs by the Sherman Brothers, though she allowed some songs from the movie, cut or not, into the show.
- J. D. Salinger's short story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut was adapted to a film called My Foolish Heart in 1949. The film had little resemblance to the original, and Salinger hated it so much, that he never again allowed his work to be filmed.
- Clive Barker has made this tweet regarding Hellraiser: Revelations:
Clive Barker: Hello, my friends. I want to put on record that the flix out there using the word Hellraiser IS NO FUCKIN CHILD OF MINE! I have NOTHING to do with the fuckin thing. If they claim it's from the mind of Clive Barker, its a lie. Its not even from my butt-hole.
- Graham Dury underwent a full-fledged Creator Breakdown after the release of the widely loathed Fat Slags movie, which he called "crap from start to end."
- The people at The Topps Company (who own the Garbage Pail Kids franchise) were so embarrassed by The Garbage Pail Kids Movie that immediately after it was released they refused to talk about it.
- Stanisław Lem disliked both film versions of his science fiction novel Solaris, stating that they focus on the human characters too much, and miss the actual theme of his novel, which is the impossibility of comprehending a truly alien intelligence.
- Ayn Rand hated the 1949 movie version of The Fountainhead, even though the screenplay was written by her and barely altered. She refused to let any of her other novels be filmed unless they let her pick the director and edit the film herself.
- Jerry Lewis was supportive of Eddie Murphy's 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor until he saw how much Toilet Humor there was. However, he would change his mind about it by 2009.
- Peter Chung, the creator of Æon Flux, has spoken at length about his extreme unhappiness with the live-action film version.
- Alan Martin, the original writer of the Tank Girl comics, was so unhappy with the film version that he wrote "Tank Girl is dead" in the introduction to the Tank Girl 3 trade paperback, and didn't write the character again for around ten years. He was quoted as saying, "Most adaptations are like breaking into a bank vault from a sewer. This was like doing it the other way around."
- Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, went on record as saying that Team America: World Police was closer to the spirit of the show than the 2004 film adaptation. Given that he wasn't particularly fond of Team America (mainly due to its raunchy humor, which meant that he couldn't watch it with his grandkids), that's saying something.
- Joss Whedon wasn't thrilled about the possible reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, likening it to a Franchise Zombie.
- Cast members of the original Mission: Impossible television series disliked the Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise, especially for how it turned Jim Phelps into a treacherous villain. Peter Graves was even offered the chance to reprise the role, but he turned it down in disgust.
- Robert Conrad, who played Jim West on the television series The Wild Wild West, was very vocal in his disdain of its 1999 film adaptation Wild Wild West, personally accepting the Razzies it "won".
- Despite being credited for coming up with the original story, Quentin Tarantino claims that the finalized script used for Natural Born Killers is such a huge departure from his original version, that the only thing in common between them are the names of the main characters (Mickey and Mallory).
- Anne Rice can't seem to decide whether she likes the film adaptations of her The Vampire Chronicles books or not. At first, she was very much against the choice of Tom Cruise for the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, but later changed her mind and endorsed the film. She admitted that she loved Cruise's performance from the first moment he was on screen, but noted "that Tom did make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball". The much looser adaptation of Queen of the Damned resulted in Rice, at first, being against it. Then, after meeting the star Stuart Townsend, she mellowed down and gave her support. Two years later, she would change her mind again. On her Facebook page, Rice now claims that the film is a "mutilation" of her work.
- When Paddy Chayefsky adapted his novel Altered States for the screen, he got into disputes with directors Arthur Penn (who eventually quit) and Ken Russell, and threatened to sue if one word of his script was changed. Even that clause didn't stop him from being disappointed in the final product (which is why the screenplay is credited to Sidney Aaron).
- Akira Toriyama was not pleased with Dragonball Evolution, as it was bordering on an In Name Only adaptation. His comments at the time of the film's release can be read as polite disappointment, asking fans to view it as a "separate dimension" of the franchise, but by the time of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (which he was spurred to work on in part because of his dissatisfaction with Evolution), he was much more openly negative. The movie was further disowned when Ben Ramsey, the movie's own screenwriter, expressed his disdain for the finished script in this video. Ramsey, intending to stay fairly faithful to the series while also having Dragonball Evolution do its own thing, had much of his original ideas nixed and executive meddled away by the producers.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko seem to share their fanbase's distaste for The Last Airbender having said in interviews that it distorted their vision of Avatar and have even advised people, including members of the original cast, not to watch it.
- Gene Roddenberry was not a fan of many of the Star Trek films which followed The Motion Picture, after which the franchise was taken away from him and put in the hands of Harve Bennett (even going as far as publicly disowning The Final Frontier). His original idea for the second Star Trek film, in which Kirk and Spock would go back in time to stop the Klingons from meddling with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, was widely disliked by pretty much everyone else involved with the franchise. Also an example of the above point, as many people believe that the films seen a marked improvement beginning with the first non-Roddenberry film, The Wrath of Khan.
- Nigel Kneale was very unhappy with the Hammer Horror film adaptations of his first two Quatermass serials, in particular due to the casting of the American Brian Donleavy as Quatermass and to the replacement of the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight climax of the first serial with the military just blowing the monster up. He was much happier with the film version of Quatermass and the Pit, which recast Quatermass, was a very intelligent Compressed Adaptation of the series, and came up with the brilliant idea of having the "Pit" be a London Underground station instead of an ordinary building site.
- Michael Oher, the subject of the Michael Lewis book The Blind Side, is not a fan of the film adaptation due to the large number of inaccuracies and the attention he received when the film was released.note
- Ira Gershwin and his wife Leonore disliked the 1959 film version of Porgy and Bess, to the point that it has been out of circulation because of this.
Michael Strunsky: trustee of Ira Gershwin's estate: "[Leonore] didn't want it distributed. She and [Ira] felt it was a Hollywoodization of the piece. We [the estate] now acquire any prints we find and destroy them. We are often approached for permission to show the film, which we consistently deny."
- Max Brooks disowned the film adaptation of World War Z as it was about to be released, not happy with the changes made to his book. However, he did say that he enjoyed it as an original work, and note that since it wasn't exactly an adaptation, he didn't think that the filmmakers butchered the story he wrote.
- Lois Duncan, in an interview included with reprints of her novel I Know What You Did Last Summer, stated that she felt the film adaptation to be a mockery of the book, to the point where, when she started watching it, she thought she'd wandered into the wrong theater at first. That's before getting into the Reality Subtext — her daughter Kaitlyn Arquette had been murdered as a teenager, so seeing the fairly bloodless suspense story she wrote turned into a teen Slasher Movie hit especially close to home, causing her to remark that the film was "trivializing violence and making murder seem like a game." She did, however, admittedly appreciate how the film produced more interest in her work and, in particular, her daughter's murder (which was, and still is, an unsolved case that she spent much of her later years trying to get reopened), and said that, while she strongly disagreed with how the film handled her story, the studio had every right to do it.
- Dr. Seuss's widow, Audrey Geisel, was so disgusted by the 2003 film adaptation of Cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers that she has forbidden any live-action adaptations of her husband's works to be made again.
- While Stephenie Meyer generally gave approval of the film adaptation of her series, she expressed disapproval at quite a few changes in Eclipse, most notably the scene where Edward yells at Jacob for forcibly kissing Bella (she initially said it made Edward not be the bigger man, then later said it was because Edward angrily grabbing Jacob's arm should have ripped it off, if it were canon). This possibly explains why she was given much more creative control over the final two movies.
- Perhaps the most extreme example is Boris Vian's reaction to the film adaptation of his novel, I Will Spit on Your Graves (not to be confused with I Spit on Your Grave). Vian denounced the adaptation while it was in production. He attended the premiere, but started complaining about the film a few minutes into the screening. Then he collapsed with a heart attack and died on the way to the hospital.
- Alien co-creator Ronald Shusett has criticized Prometheus for being the complete antithesis of the first movie. He's not too happy with the third and fourth films either.
- Paul Verhoeven, who directed the original Total Recall has expressed pleasure at the disappointing returns of its remake. It doesn't help that the cast and crew of the remake referred to the original as kitsch.
- Clive Cussler hated the film adaptation of Raise the Titanic! so much that 25 years passed before he allowed another of his novels, Sahara to be adapted. He hated that even more and advised fans to boycott it.
- John Byrne said that if he had been invited to cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, inspired by an arc of the comics he pencilled, he would feel "a lot like the prom scene in Carrie given "Ive haaaaaaaaated what the movies have done with the X-Men".
- Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, the authors of the Left Behind series, hated the adaptations by Cloud Ten Pictures, calling them "church basement movies" and going so far as to sue the studio (and win) over it. This is a big part of the reason why the films are currently being rebooted.
- Roger Waters isn't a terribly big fan of the film adaptation of The Wall, likely because he didn't get to play the lead role like he had wanted. That didn't stop him from doing a hilarious DVD Commentary track with Gerald Scarfe, though.
- Jean M. Auel hated the film version of Clan of the Cave Bear so much that she sued the filmmakers and bought back the movie rights.
- Frank Miller said that he hates all of the Batman movies. Though very little from The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One have found their way into the theatrical versions.
- Ken Kesey claimed to have never seen the film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but was involved in the early scripting stages, eventually pulling out due to creative differences, reportedly unhappy with the casting, as well as changing the viewpoint from Chief Bromden to Randle P. McMurphy. Chuck Palahniuk, in a foreword to a 2007 edition of the book stated, "The first time I heard this story, it was through the movie starring Jack Nicholson. A movie that Kesey once told me he disliked".
- Dorothy L. Sayers is said to have so disliked the film of Busman's Honeymoon she destroyed every copy she could.
- Tom Clancy was very unhappy with the numerous changes the film version of Patriot Games made from the original novel. He also felt that the 49-year-old Harrison Ford was too old to play the 31-year-old Jack Ryan.
- In the documentary Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!, it is mentioned that several staff members at Marvel were very disappointed with the 1990 Captain America movie, and felt that the 2011 film was a massive improvement.
- When creating Ashley Kafka for Spider-Man, J.M. DeMatteis based and named her after a friend of his, Frayda Kafka. The real life Kafka wasn't happy with the character being Gender Flipped and made into a villain for The Amazing Spider Man 2, nor for that matter, is she happy with Dan Slott killing her off.
- Gore Vidal disowned the Film of the Book Myra Breckinridge and blamed it for a drop in sales of the book that lasted a decade.
- Tolkien's Legendarium:
- J. R. R. Tolkien did not hesitate to reject the very first proposal to make The Lord of the Rings into a live-action movie in 1958. His comments on the alterations made in the proposed scripts are one long "The Reason You Suck" Speech, ending with this gem:
The Lord Of the Rings cannot be garbled like that!
- Tolkien also expressed displeasure at the only adaptation of The Lord of the Rings to be produced in his lifetime, the 1955-56 BBC Radio Drama. His critiques generally boiled down to his belief that the books were unadaptable and that the cast and crew of the production were not taking their source material sufficiently seriously. Unfortunately, modern-day audiences aren't able to form an opinion on the matter either way, as the tapes were wiped and all episodes are considered lost.
- In the late 1960s, Tolkien signed off the movie rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to an agent of United Artists. He was doing this at least partly out of cheekiness: Based on the state of the film and television industry at the time, he didn't believe anyone could ever do either of the works justice on the screen. That proved oddly prophetic. United Artists kept the rights for a part of the 1970s, but then sold them off to well-known producer Saul Zaentz, who's owned them ever since. Though animated adaptations of the works were approved and made in the late 70s and early 80s, they didn't leave much of an impression. Tolkien adaptations petered out for two decades. To even Peter Jackson's surprise in the late 1990s, Zaentz sat on the rights for some 20 years, not doing much with them, as there didn't seem to be a single prospect of someone attempting to do another serious adaptation of the books. Originally, the LOTR project was being developed for Miramax, but after they refused to fully back the project, Jackson literally shopped around the in-preparation film adaptation, until it was eagerly adopted by New Line Cinema. The last remaining studio to possibly offer interest in the project. The rest is history. Due to some legal kerfluffle involving MGM in the 1970s, the rights to The Hobbit were split. Some of Jackson's initial 90s ideas about adapting The Hobbit first were quickly shot down and he focused exclusively on adapting LOTR. It took until the late 2000s to get those sorted, in order for a film adaptation getting greenlit at all. One has to wonder what professor Tolkien would make of the six PJ-helmed adaptations of his works, given his life-long skepticism...
- Tolkien's son Christopher disliked the way New Line handled the film adaptations of LOTR. On the other hand, Christopher's son Simon (Tolkien's grandson), has had nothing but positive things to say about the films which caused a rift between him and his father.
- J. R. R. Tolkien did not hesitate to reject the very first proposal to make The Lord of the Rings into a live-action movie in 1958. His comments on the alterations made in the proposed scripts are one long "The Reason You Suck" Speech, ending with this gem:
- Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald walked out of a screening of the now-lost 1926 silent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby (the only one released during their lifetimes), which emphasized the party scenes and their scandalous elements. Zelda wrote in a letter to her daughter Scottie that it was "ROTTEN and awful and terrible and we left" (all-caps hers).
- Robin Hardy, director of the original version of The Wicker Man (1973), did not like the 2006 remake. On a more subtle note, Christopher Lee was also quite surprised about it and thought of it as a different film altogether rather than a remake. Hardy went so far as to make The Wicker Tree, a thematic sequel to the original film, nearly forty years after the fact simply out of spite for the remake, and cast Lee in a minor part for good measure. While The Wicker Tree was a critical and commercial bomb, all that mattered to Hardy was that it got a better reception than the remake.
- Both Superman: Birthright writer Mark Waid and All-Star Superman writer Grant Morrison didn't like Superman killing General Zod at the end of Man of Steel. Waid was also unhappy with the amount of collateral damage in the film though he didn't mind Jonathan Kent telling Clark that maybe he shouldn't save people at the expense of his alien identity.
- Eric Red, the screenwriter of the original The Hitcher, both requested a writing credit on the 2007 remake (because it was so similar to his original) and disowned it (because he thought its few changes were for the worse).
- Upon being told on Twitter that a teacher was planning to show the Percy Jackson movies to her class, Rick Riordan posted a form letter on his blog that students could give their teachers, telling them the movies were awful and a waste of good classroom time. Ending it with this gem:
The kids dont need classroom time to learn that movies can be really, really bad. Theyll find that out on their own!
- Jacqueline Susann was disgusted with the film adaptation of Valley of the Dolls, saying, "The first time I saw it was on a press junket. There was supposed to be a party after the film. I went back to my cabin, took two Seconals and a slug of Scotch....It was a very embarrassing thing." Likewise, one of its stars, Patty Duke, commented, "I need an air-sick bag to sit through that movie."
- Scott Spencer hated both film adaptations of Endless Love. For clarity's sake, the novel is about a Stalker with a Crush, and the extremes he goes to in order to be with the object of his obsession. Both films went for a straight forward romance.
"I was frankly surprised that something so tepid and conventional could have been fashioned from my slightly unhinged novel about the glorious destructive violence of erotic obsession".
- He called the 1981 version a "botched" job and wrote that Franco Zeffirelli "egregiously and ridiculously misunderstood" the novel.
"Its about one hundred pages, and the only ones that were not dreary were sciatica inducing".
- He thought that the 2014 version was even worse. He said about the script,
- None of The Beatles approved of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the premier and subsequently shunned the film, while John Lennon and George Harrison refused to view it altogether.
- Donn Pearce disliked Cool Hand Luke. In a 1989 interview with The Miami Herald, he said, "I seem to be the only guy in the United States who doesn't like the movie. Everyone had a whack at it. They screwed it up 99 different ways." For one thing, Pearce thought Paul Newman was "too scrawny" and completely wrong for the part.
- Martin Charnin, lyricist and director of Annie, stated in an article in 1996 that he refuses to acknowledge the film. However, unlike other instances of this, Charnin goes on to state that it's his own fault that the movie turned out the way it did, as, in his own words, he, composer Charles Strouse, and librettist Thomas Meehan, failed to secure any degree of creative control over the film when they signed away the film rights.
- Considering the musical they wrote turned Harold Gray's politics on their head, he's one to talk.
- Author Peter George, who wrote Red Alert, detested the conversion of his book to a satire in Dr. Strangelove, but wrote a tie-in novelization of the film anyway.
- Rocky Horror creator Richard O'Brien said that The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again was "misconceived and badly cast".
- Tennessee Williams was quite dissatisfied with the film adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, largely for omitting the themes about homosexuality and revising the play's third act with a long scene centered on Brick and Big Daddy.
- Williams also hated the adaptation of Suddenly, Last Summer, denying he had any part in writing the script despite having screen credit. He thought Elizabeth Taylor was miscast as Catherine, that the film went too far afield from his original play and "made [him] throw up".
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Bob Layton, co-writer of such stories as "Demon in the Bottle" and "Armor Wars", only liked the first Iron Man film. His reasons for despising the sequels include hatred for Justin Hammer's Adaptational Comic Relief in Iron Man 2 (going from The Chessmaster and a Diabolical Mastermind to a Know-Nothing Know-It-All Big Bad Wannabe who wants to be Tony Stark), felt that what was done with Hammer was an Audience-Coloring Adaptation to the character's determent, felt like 2 relied too much on armors, and felt like Iron Man 3 was a G-rated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang that made Tony come across as an idiot.
- Ironically, given his own tendency to Darker and Edgier work, including the original Civil War, Mark Millar found Captain America: Civil War to be too dark.
- Mantis's creator, Steve Englehart, wasn't happy with the decision in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to use the later Guardians of the Galaxy comics' version of a spacey, oddball precog and emotion manipulator, as opposed to his original version in The Avengers as a willful and seductive mystical martial artist. It didn't help that the movie completely changed her background from a human woman of German/Vietnamese ancestry with...complicated ties to the Kree, to a total alien as well as eschewing her distinctive speech patterns.
- The live-action Super Mario Bros. film was this to Nintendo due to being a box office failure (Miyamoto has admitted to being fond of the film, even canonizing the idea that Mario's last name is Mario). As a result, Nintendo refused to sign-off on any theatrical adaptations of their video games (Pokémon notwithstanding) for 23 years; until they decided to get directly involved in an animated Mario produced by Illumination Entertainment.
- Michael Moorcock hated The Last Days of Man on Earth, the one and only adaptation of his Jerry Cornelius stories, but he did admit to having a good time interacting with Jon Finch and the rest of the cast.
- In a borderline example, the French horror film High Tension has been noted as having many similarities to the Dean Koontz novel Intensity, to the point where some have accused writer/director Alexandre Aja (who admitted to having read the book) of plagiarism. Apparently, Koontz believes that there was plagiarism involved, but decided not to file a lawsuit because he hated High Tension so much that he didn't want it associated with his book, even if it meant getting royalties.
"Maybe the lesson is that if youre going to steal from Deans work, you better make your version as disgusting and misanthropic, as full of loathing for humanity, as you can; then you might get away with it!"
- Death Wish:
- Brian Garfield, author of the original novel upon which the film was based, disliked the film adaptation, acknowledging its impact but calling it "woeful" as cinema. He hated the sequels even more, calling them "nothing more than vanity showcases for the very limited talents of Charles Bronson." He wrote the book as a deconstruction of vigilantism, portraying it as a road that led to fascism no matter the good intentions of the people who turned to it, and the films' endorsement of such led him to write the sequel Death Sentence as a far more pointed and blunt deconstruction that portrayed the vigilante as a Villain Protagonist. Death Sentence would itself receive a film adaptation in 2007 from James Wan that, while heavily altering the story (most notably by turning it into a standalone film rather than a sequel to Death Wish), still retained its core themes, and thus largely met Garfield's approval.
- As for the remake, Joe Carnahan was not happy with how his script for it was handled. He had little nice to say about either the rewrites or the casting of Bruce Willis in the lead role (which caused him to leave the project), such that he's considered taking his original script and making a standalone film out of it.
- George Lucas:
- He once compared the Disney-made Star Wars films (anything made after Revenge of the Sith) to "white slavery", although he has since backed down on the issue and accepts them as proper Star Wars films, even going so far as to direct a scene for Solo while on set.
- On the other hand, he once said of the much reviled The Star Wars Holiday Special, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that special and smash it." So he's probably still not too happy about that one.
- Exorcist II: The Heretic holds a reputation as one of the worst horror sequels ever made, an opinion that is shared by, among (many, many) others, William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin, the respective writer and director of The Exorcist (Blatty having written both the original novel and the screenplay for the movie). Blatty said that he was the first person in his theater to start laughing at the film, while Friedkin compared it to witnessing a traffic accident and recounted a story of Warner Bros. executives being chased from the theater by angry moviegoers within ten minutes. Blatty, in fact, went so far as to write Legion, an official sequel to The Exorcist, specifically because of what a disservice to his work he felt had been done by The Heretic, despite having never originally intended to write a sequel. Legion would later be adapted as The Exorcist III, which took only the first film as canon and which Blatty personally wrote and directed.
- Astrid Lindgren was dissatisfied with how the 1949 film adaptation of the Pippi Longstocking novels turned out due to the casting of Viveca Serlachius, then 26 years old, to play the titular character and the liberties taken with the source material. So much so, that Lindgren would personally write the scripts for later adaptations of her works starting with the 1957 film adaptation of Bill Bergson Lives Dangerously, the final novel in the Bill Bergson series, with few exceptions.
- Christian Nyby, the director of the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, hated John Carpenter's 1982 remake, titled simply The Thing. He said that audiences who wanted blood (the film being much Bloodier and Gorier than the original) were better served going to a slaughterhouse, and that all it was good for was serving as an ad for J&B Scotch. Kenneth Tobey, the lead actor from The Thing from Another World, also criticized the 1982 film, saying that the gory special effects overshadowed everything else and "were so explicit that they actually destroyed how you were supposed to feel about the characters".
- Susan Cooper hates the In Name Only adaptation of The Dark Is Rising, and is not shy about saying so. At least she can take solace in the fact that it was a critical and commercial flop, and for over a decade held the distinction of having the second-weakest debut of any movie ever.
- Horror author R. Chetwynd-Hayes found The Monster Club, an adaptation of several of his short stories, to be a disappointment. In particular, he felt that John Carradine was too old to play the film's fictional incarnation of Chetwynd-Hayes.
- The author of the manga Hagane no Onna was very displeased by the live-action adaptation of her manga. Specifically the depiction of teachers, handicapped children, and the children's guardians in the second episode of the live-action series. She asked for her name to be taken off the credits as a result.
- Ursula K. Le Guin loathed the Sci Fi Channel's Earthsea miniseries, purportedly based on her Earthsea novels. She was particularly angered by the TV creators' false claims that she approved of the adaptation. Calling one of the genre's staunchest feminists "Miss Le Guin" didn't help either.
- A Newsweek interviewer asked Madeleine L'Engle about the A Wrinkle in Time (2003)'' and got the following response:
L'Engle: I've glimpsed it.Newsweek: And did it meet expectations?L'Engle: Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.
- James Gurney disavowed any connection to the Dinotopia miniseries and TV series because they were so far from the vision of his books.
- Len Deighton disliked the ITV adaptation of his Game, Set and Match trilogy of spy novels so much that he continues to contractually veto any home video release of it, forcing anyone who actually liked it to Keep Circulating the Tapes.
- British crime novelist Liza Cody absolutely hated the ITV adaptation of her private eye novels featuring Anna Lee. To the point that she gave up writing books with Anna as protagonist in favour of a new central character, Eva Wylie, who seemed consciously designed to appall TV executives.
- When NBC took the first steps towards a TV version of Say Anything..., the movie's writer-director Cameron Crowe (who wasn't involved with the project) and star John Cusack took such umbrage that the Peacock pulled the plug before it went any further.
- Colleen McCullough described the miniseries adaptation of The Thorn Birds as "instant vomit," flat-out refused to have anything to do with the prequel The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, and generally hated it so much that interviewers were warned not to bring the miniseries up.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird has declared that Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation does not exist as far as he's concerned, and that goes double for the polarizing Venus de Milo. Kevin Eastman on the other hand likes Venus and hopes that she makes a comeback one day.
- Fresh Off the Boat faced this from Eddie Huang, the writer of the memoir that it is based on. Shortly after the series premiere, Huang criticized the show for sanitizing his life and veering from the actual events. He even left his part as the narrator of the show. His feelings have since mellowed about the show, although he still rules out any chance of returning, he praises the show for being a positive portrayal of Asian-Americans.
- Ian Rankin hated the TV adaptation of his Rebus novels so much, he actually refused to write any more until the production company's option on them expired.
- Shotaro Ishinomori was reportedly so incensed by Saban's Masked Rider that he swore he'd never allow Kamen Rider to be licensed out ever again for as long as he lived. A few years later (well after Ishinomori's death), Steve and Michael Wang had to fight tooth and nail to make Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, including assuring Toei that the held Kamen Rider in the highest regard and would respect the original source material.
- Though he visited the set a few times, Charles Addams considered The Addams Family series a travesty. One must wonder how he would've felt about the film adaptations (which were closer to his original comics than the series) had he lived long enough to see them.
- Dennis Lyxzen of Refused wasn't happy when he heard rap-rock band Crazytown cover "New Noise". He said of it "History [will not] be kind on Crazytown and that feels good."
- Igor Stravinsky did not care for the version of The Rite Of Spring used in Fantasia; he had offered to compose a piece expressly for it, but the idea was rejected.
- British folk singer Ewan MacColl hated each and every one of the many covers of his song "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", even the version that had become a worldwide hit for Roberta Flack. His daughter-in-law recalled that he held a special disdain for Elvis Presley's cover: "He said that the Elvis version was like Romeo at the bottom of the Post Office Tower singing up to Juliet. And the other versions, he thought, were travesties: bludgeoning, histrionic, and lacking in grace."
- According to Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, George Michael hated their cover of his 1987 hit "Faith" and "[hated] us for doing it."
- Don Henley hated a cover of "The End of the Innocence" by indie rock group Okkervil River so much that he filed a cease-and-desist injunction against the band, forcing them to remove it from their website, where they had been uploading covers of songs that had been important to their lead singer Will Sheff. It seems that Henley's issue was that Sheff had written an additional coda to the song and included at the end of their cover. In a later interview, Henley made a rather blunt statement about covers of his songs, in light of both the Okkervil River controversy and Frank Ocean's sampling of "Hotel California" on one of his songs, which Henley had also blocked from release.
- Richard Rodgers hated The Marcels' doo-wop version of "Blue Moon" so much, he took out press ads asking people not to buy it. You can imagine how well that worked.
- Gloria Gaynor said that of all the covers of her classic disco hit "I Will Survive", the 1996 version by alt-rockers CAKE is her least favorite, because the band altered a lyric to include a Precision F-Strike.
- Python Anghelo co-designed Pin*Bot and The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot. To say that he was displeased with the sequel, Jack*Bot, would be a massive understatement.
Python Anghelo: "...its like saying, listen to this analogy, 'your biggest successes on our menu were pea soup, the shrimp pizza, and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. Now you take those motherf***ers and put them all in a bowl and theyll taste great.'"
- Michael J. Fox hated the Back to the Future pinball game to such an extent that he refused to grant Data East permission to use his voice and likeness.
- George Bernard Shaw hated The Chocolate Soldier, adapted from his play Arms and the Man, so much that no other musical adaptations of his plays appeared in his lifetime (Shaw reportedly exercised his Executive Veto over an attempted operatic adaptation of The Devil's Disciple). The film version of The Chocolate Soldier, an adaptation In Name Only, was barred from using anything from Shaw's play.
- Tim Rice was not fond of the Broadway version of his musical Chess (which, despite being in the same medium as its first adaptation, was very different from its London counterpart). The production brought in a new book writer to overhaul the story, which presumably contributes to Rice's opinion of it seeing as the original book was written by him. In the souvenir program for an Australian production that opened a couple years later, he refers to the show's time on Broadway as "traumatic."
- Don Ángel Perez de Saavedra, whose play Don Álvaro provided the basis for La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi, attended the opera's Madrid premiere (which Verdi conducted) and was not pleased with what he saw.
- L. Frank Baum disliked The Wizard of Oz (1902)'s finalized script. The director made a bunch of changes to the script (including scrapping Toto and the Wicked Witch of the West completely) and added jokes that Baum didn't like.
- Mitsuo Fukuda, in a series of tweets, wasn't happy over how Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny was adapted in the Super Robot Wars games (specifically, Super Robot Wars Z), presumably due to the Fix Fic nature of the games:
To be honest, I'm not very happy. The original story is complete as it is, so it's outrageous to add or modify the images and script. However, games are a different media so I think it's fine. The thing I hate most about the games are that even though they use the name (Gundam SEED Destiny), the contents are totally no good... There are many people who think that way, and there are many staff members who work really hard on making (these games), so I don't object. However, spare me from the people who come and go "Director, you're happy too aren't you?" — Mitsuo Fukuda
- Metal Gear:
I really don't like saying this, but (the NES version of Metal Gear) really wasn't up to my standards. The care that I put in the original (MSX2 version) wasn't there. The NES version was a more difficult game. In the very beginning, when you go from the entrance into the fortress, for example, there are dogs there. In the NES version, the dogs just come after you and you get killed. It was too difficult to get into the fortress. The fun stealth element was not there, and the actual Metal Gear, the robot, doesn't appear in the game. — Hideo Kojima
- Hideo Kojima, who was not involved in the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the original Metal Gear, doesn't like it due to the many changes that were made from the redesigned stages (such as the addition of a jungle area at the beginning) to the omission of the actual Metal Gear mecha.
- Kojima has had mixed feelings about Snake's Revenge, as seen in the above interview, claiming that he doesn't consider it to be a "bad game," although he did refer to it jokingly as "a bit of a crap game" during GDC 2009 due to the game's general reception among Metal Gear fans due to his lack of involvement.
- Henk Rogers, co-founder of The Tetris Company, regrets lending the Tetris name to Tetris Attack, which was actually a modified North American version of the Super Famicom puzzle game Panel de Pon. Rogers actually liked Panel de Pon, and part of the reason why he came to dislike using the Tetris brand was because it didn't allow the game to stand under its own merits. Localizations of later versions dropped the Tetris name completely and were released under the title of Puzzle League instead.
Tetris Attack was a good game! But the game should have had its own life, its own name. —Henk Rogers
- Tomonobu Itagaki, the outspoken director of the 2004 Xbox reboot of Ninja Gaiden, disowns the PlayStation 3 version (Ninja Gaiden Sigma) that Team Ninja later produced without his involvement. He has vocally disapproved of the port, even while he was still employed by Tecmo, and has reportedly refused to autograph any copy of the game. Specifically, he criticized Sigma for being more or less a straight port of his original Xbox version and not taking advantage of the superior hardware specs of the PS3.
(Ninja Gaiden Sigma) was no good. —Tomonobu Itagaki
- Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi wasn't very fond of the Sega Saturn port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which was developed by a different team (Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya), as noted in the June 2007 issue of Play Magazine:
"I understand why fans who've never played the Saturn version would be interested in those features, but I really, really don't feel good about them. I couldn't put my name on that stuff and present it to Castlevania fans." — Koji Igarashi
- Shinji Mikami intended Resident Evil 4 to be a GameCube-exclusive and said he would commit harakiri if the game was ever ported to another platform. He ended up leaving Capcom after learning that the company was going to port the game to the PlayStation 2 without his approval.
- South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have admitted that part of the reason why they oversaw the RPGs based on the series, South Park: The Stick of Truth as well as South Park: The Fractured but Whole, is because they disliked the Acclaim-published games released during the show's early years.
- Masahiro Ito, who worked as a graphic designer in Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, disapproved many of the changes made to his work in the Silent Hill: HD Collection, adding more fuel to the backlash it received (and for good reasons). They have, however, patched a lot of the problems on the PS3 version since.
- Running With Scissors, makers of the Postal games, farmed out Postal III to Russian studio Akella. After seeing the "finished" product, they regretted the decision. They pulled the game from their store and refuse to acknowledge it as part of the series, referring to it as "Russian Postal" and "Akella's Postal spinoff". Postal III was eventually brought back into the Postal games with Postal 2: Paradise Lost through circumstances made after Apocalypse Weekend.
- Eric Chahi publicly disowned Heart of the Alien, Interplay's Sega CD sequel to Another World, years after it was released. Chahi acted as a creative consultant during the sequel's early planning stages, but was not involved in the actual development and most of his ideas were ignored as a result.
- Keiji Inafune, one of the creators of the Mega Man series, utterly hated Super Adventure Rockman, a Japan-only FMV title that was mostly handled by others, only dropped into his lap for touch-ups where he wasn't allowed any big changes. His main beef was that it included death in the Classic series, which he felt he owed to the fans to keep lighthearted and friendly. He went as far as to apologize for it in the Official Complete Works.
- He also apologized for the Game Boy Mega Man II, which was not done by Minakuchi Engineering (who worked on Dr. Wily's Revenge), feeling that the new company that made it (Japan System House) didn't "get" Mega Man. Minakuchi Engineering would return to work on the remaining Game Boy Mega Man games (III, IV', and V), as well as The Wily Wars for the Sega Genesis.
- Yoshihisa Kishimoto, creator of the Double Dragon series, disliked the Master System port of the first game published by Sega, claiming that the developers (later revealed to be Arc System Works working under a contractual basis) focused too much on trying to faithfully reproduce the arcade version's level designs, moves and enemy characters on a less capable hardware at the expense of the game's playability and visuals. He said that Sega should've instead remade the game completely around the Master System's hardware specs, much like his own team did when they produced the NES version.
- Ironically Arc System Works would end up becoming the copyrights owners to all of Technos Japan's former IPs from previous copyright holder (Million Corp.), which ended up with Minoru Kidooka (ASW's founder and CEO) apologizing on his company's behalf to the former Technos staff members in an interview.
- Nintendo has done everything in their power to forget the three Legend of Zelda CD-i games, Faces of Evil, Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda's Adventure, ever existed. The games weren't even made by the creators of the series, and have been excommunicated entirely from the official timelines.
- Bob Gale hated many adaptations of the Back to the Future franchise, especially the first one by LJN Toys. According to him, they didn't want any input from the filmmakers, and when he finally saw the game, he wanted a lot changed, but was told it was too late for any changes to be made. He advised fans not to buy the game, and felt that Telltale Games handled it much better with their own game.
- Following their departure from the Crash Bandicoot series, original developers Naughty Dog have given mixed feelings towards other developers' attempts at recreating the franchise. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells states that "It's a little bit like watching your daughter do porn". On the other hand, character designer Charles Zembillas actually liked Crash's redesign at the hands of Radical Entertainment, actually desiring further involvement in the series while co-creator Andy Gavin at the very least praises Crash Bash for staying true to the original games. Averted with the N. Sane Trilogy remasters of the original 3 games, of which Naughty Dog was quite impressed by Vicarious Visions' work.
- Charlie Daniels was not happy with Guitar Hero III using a cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Not so much the cover itself, but for the fact that it was possible for the Devil to win.
- Kris Straub has said that he doesn't really like any of the Candle Cove fan sequels, due to trying to explain it, when not knowing is why it works in the first place.
- After Hideki Kamiya watched the Death Battle episode where his creations Dante and Bayonetta fought each other, he sent several disapproving tweets and called the episode garbage.
- Pogo creator Walt Kelly despised Chuck Jones' The Special Pogo Birthday Special, mainly for mucking about with what Kelly wanted, and how "he took all the sharpness out of it and put in that sweet, saccharine stuff that Chuck Jones always THINKS is Disney, but isn't." Considering Kelly was a former Disney animator and a good friend of Walt Disney, he wasn't saying that lightly. He and his wife, Selby, worked on their own animated Pogo short (We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us) that would've been more political and closer to the strip, but Kelly's failing health prevented it from being completed.
- Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed is disappointed by the 1991 animated special based on one of his books, A Wish for Wings That Work (which itself is based on Bloom County), because of the overall results, despite being credited as writer and executive producer.
- When asked about a copy of the special on VHS or DVD in a 2003 interview, Breathed replied that "Hopefully in the rubbish pail. We can do better than that and we will with an eventual Opus film.. but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I presume your family was on speed when they watched it. I would imagine it helps."
- In a 2007 interview, Breathed claims that the reason he dislikes the special was simply "unspectacular ratings" and his humor "wasn't meant for television, even if it was done right." Another reason was his "lack of writing experience" and the director was way over his head. He also would have preferred Sterling Holloway to provide the voice for Opus.
- Little Lulu creator Marjorie Henderson Buell hated the cartoons made by Famous Studios in the 1940s, which she didn't feel were true to the original comics, and got involved with the making of those two Lulu shorts in the '60s to make sure that they were faithful to her work.
- It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown upset Charles Schulz by showing the Little Red-Haired Girl and giving her a name (Heather) as he had wanted her to remain The Ghost. He subsequently declared that the TV specials weren't canon and only the comic strip counted (not that that stopped him from continuing to help write the TV specials).
- Around the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation, series creator Gene Roddenberry admitted that he no longer considered Star Trek: The Animated Series to be canon, believing aspects of it to be "apocryphal". Fan response has since caused Paramount to declare the series is canon, not the first time they've ignored Roddenberry's edicts (see the Live-Action Film folder).
- Just averted with Yellow Submarine. At first, The Beatles wanted to disassociate themselves from the project based on the poor reviews of their TV special Magical Mystery Tour and their dislike of the television cartoon based on them. But after seeing the finished project, the group got excited and chose to do the live ending. To this day, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still embrace the film.
- Doug TenNapel apparently disliked the Earthworm Jim cartoon (though not as much as the sequels to the first two games that were made without his involvement). This may have something to do with the way the cartoon handled Bob the Killer Goldfish's Evilutionary Biologist shtick and/or turned Princess What's Her Name into a tough, independent Action Girl (evolution and feminism being two things self-professed conservative Christian TenNapel is not shy about his dislike for).
- In a fan interview, he specified at least one point of dislike: Most episodes feel like Peter Puppy is the actual hero and Jim just a sidekick.
- The Fantastic Four animated series was hated by then current Fantastic Four writer, Tom DeFalco. He got into trouble when he wrote a scene where Ant-Man called the show◊ repulsive.
- The Powerpuff Girls (2016) is this for Craig McCracken. He stated on Twitter that he was opposed to Cartoon Network reviving the series in the first place, but understood from a business perspective why they did it.
- Rev. Wilbert and Christopher Awdry were at first supportive of The Railway Series adaptation Thomas the Tank Engine, Wilbert even stating he thought the first two seasons were mostly decent renditions of his stories. However they came to dislike the increased creative liberties taken Season Three onwards, inventing new stories or retooling their own tremendously, as well as violating accuracies to railway code. Christopher Awdry also became annoyed with how the show effected his own writing of the novels, being mandated to rush in more Thomas focused stories.
- Don Rosa has a complicated relationship with DuckTales. He has said he thinks it's a good show on its own merits, but it's a poor adaptation of Carl Barks's characters. He politely refuses to draw DuckTales material at cons.
- Louis Sachar, the writer of the Wayside School book series, was not fond of Wayside, the Animated Adaptation that was produced by Teletoon.
- For unexplained reasons, John Lasseter, one of the people behind the Toy Story films, is not a fan of the Spin-Off series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
- Mark Newgarden, one of the people behind the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, has stated that he doesn't like the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon, considering it to be even worse than The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.
- Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the original creators of Scooby-Doo, have voiced dislike of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated for being too dark and cynical.
- Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories books, does not care for the Horrible Histories animated series, stating that he had a "negative experience" with it.