Cartoon Network: FireBreather (Blu-ray)
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Now, bring out the sequals/series already! The ending of the story definitely foreshadows of something in the future!
Duncan Rosenblatt has moved often and is a...weirdo, an outcast, which has as much to do with his orange SPF hue and his scales as it does his distrustful attitude. But like any normal red-blooded American teen he has eyes for the pretty cool girl and through a series of misadventures, including being confronted by his monstrous father in a mesa Arizona type setting, becomes the hero and gets the girl. But he has to battle and survive some literally big competition as he helps avoid the monster-human apocalypse that comes close to being unleashed.
This movie was created for the Godzilla & "Pacific Rim" crowds. There's plenty of fantasy and mayhem for action enthusiasts and the angst of the outsider who is able to stick it to the jock (think Peter Parker frustrating a Flash Thompson) this short film feature is finely attuned to teenage boys. I personally wouldn't spend $20 on it but it's fine entertainment for $10 and under.
His skin is bright orange.
He eats coal for lunch.
In addition there are the famous family members he'd rather people didn't know about. Sixteen years ago his insanely brave mother, Margaret Rosenblatt, saved the world by stopping mankind's war with the Kaiju, essentially the city destroying giant monsters that for some reason always seem to start with Tokyo.
Duncan's father? Oh, he's Belloc, the 120-foot-tall, fire breathing, King of the Kaiju....
Exactly how that worked is not explained. Duncan's Mom OFFERS to explain it to him, but Duncan would really rather not know. However, it does appear to have involved true love that later died, perhaps because of irreconcilable differences over how to raise the child: Margaret wants him to go to college; Belloc wants him to rule the Kaiju (and by extension the World).
Still, given those gloomy prospects, things don't go THAT badly on his first day. Duncan (literally) runs into the hottest girl in school, attracts the attentions of another girl who happens to be a Kaiju fangirl, protects a smaller kid from a bunch of bullies, makes enemies of said bullies and leads them a merry chase (because he promised his mother not to get into any fights on his first day), and accidentally manifests a new talent:
Oh well, it could have been worse. Unfortunately, it is about to GET worse....
"Daddy" is back in town.Read more ›
Not your typical high school student. There was indeed something special about Duncan. He reminded me of Clark Kent as a teenager in the tv series, "Smallville", who tried to lead a normal life with all those powers. Here he was the new kid in school, but immediately became the target of some bullies in his classroom. He was a good kid, but did have a temper that had to stay under wraps. Surely it would be hard with bullies making life hard for him to stay in control. Of course mom was his protector and wanted him to fit in, but allowed him to make decisions that would make him a better person. I found it weird that the father was not human. Maybe he was human once, and was turned into this creature. Or maybe he could change from human to creature. I don't remember if anything was addressed about how he came to be Duncan's father.
The story line was good and easy to follow. Every main character part was fitting and well acted. Not a dull moment. I found myself drawn into the characters and story. As one viewer pointed out, it wasn't long enough. I wanted to see more action and additional story lines. Would be great if it were a series.
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very good copy. husband loves it! thank you. we had never been able to find this movie on dvd until now.Published 7 months ago by amyoneal
I'd give it 5 stars except the packaging was damaged - the actual dvd box and cover, not the box it shipped in - but the dvd itself was fine and I love this movie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Gerhardt
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