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Hellboy: Sword of Storms (Animated)
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I love, LOVE, the mythical creatures used in this movie, it's much like the comic in that way. I have a softspot for folklore monsters being used in comics, books, & movies, especially when it's normally obscure folklore stories (like the Japanese flying heads or the Baba Yaga, for instance... Hellboy comic readers know what I'm talking about). I'm just not into the Marvel spandex-and-cape-wearing superheroes, they don't appeal to me at all, so in contrast, Hellboy and his friends feel like the perfect superheroes to me.
Voice acting is great here, though I'm biased because I couldn't imagine Hellboy's voice before Ron Perlman took the part. The other actors do a great job as well, and the sound effects were great (I watched it with surround sound when it was on TV). The animation has great lighting and colors, I thought (I say "great" way too much, I know), although the characters do look a little, well, "Kim Possible". Just a little. Not a bad job, though. I kept up with the movie's production diary on another website, and Tad Stones (the movie's director) was saying why they had to do that style for the animation: Hellboy needed eyebrows to show expression, Kate looks younger than she does in the Mignola comics because in animation any lines on her face would make her look like she was 70, etc. Stuff like that.Read more ›
"Hellboy: Sword of Storms" is a truly excellent DVD. The animated feature is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. The DVD contains a rich and colorful video transfer and a great 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. The DVD is also packed with an insightful audio commentary with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and production crew, three short but informative behind-the-scenes featurettes (To Hell and Back, A New Breed & Conquering Hellboy), a 42-minute Comic-Con panel discussion, four trailers and colorful interactive menus. Overall, "Hellboy: Sword of Storms" scores a worthy "B".
One weird thing about the dvd, every time a monster is about to attack, a computer generated fox shows up in the bottom right corner of the screen. Anyone know what the deal is with that?
Some more background for the casual viewer: Hellboy, a baby demon summoned to Earth by Nazi occultists in 1944 - during WW2's final days - and subsequently adopted and raised by the U.S. Army from infanthood on, is one of the good guys. Hellboy makes a powerful ally as his demonic origins equip him with superhuman strength, near invulnerability, an immunity to fire, and a gigantic stone hand (called the Right Hand of Doom, which is prophesied to be instrumental in bringing about the Apocalypse; but that's got nothing to do with this film). Hence, the big coat-wearing, big gun toting, now mature Hellboy has become the primary agent of the U.S. Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, an entity dedicated to defending humanity from supernatural threats. Which now brings us to HELLBOY: SWORD OF STORMS.Read more ›
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Hellboy Animated: Sword Of Storms is a really fun little movie based on the comic book series by Mike Mignola. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
The animated adventures of Hellboy pick up where the movies leave off. They are enjoyable and capture most of the magic of the movies. Read morePublished 16 months ago by John Hannon
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