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Battling seemingly invincible forces primed to take over the universe, "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles: The Pluto Campaign" is a state-of-the-art CGI feature length story that features elements of action, humor, coming-of-age, teamwork and fantasy.
Paul Verhoeven's dark, satirical adaptation of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers seriously strayed from the novel. This Verhoeven-produced TV series--part sequel, part remake, all CGI animated--hews closer to the spirit of the novel, a space-age twist on a World War II battle adventure. Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles--The Pluto Campaign is a mini-platoon epic comprised of the initial five episodes of the series, essentially a series of skirmishes and assignments leading up to the climactic confrontation at Bug City. The episodic nature works perfectly within this framework, and the mix of Marine grit ("No retreat, no surrender!"), military jargon, and understated melodrama give a feel somewhere between the steely seriousness of an old-fashioned war comic book and the spectacle and romance of a Japanese anime space opera. The excellent voice cast includes the inimitable E.G. Daly (who also contributes to Rugrats and Powerpuff Girls) as the gung-ho Private "Dizzy" Flores.
The CGI animation is less ambitious than in such feature films as Toy Story, but it's one of the most impressive examples of the animation made for TV. The detailed designs, rich textures, 3-D modeling, and awesome sense of scale (not to mention the pumped-up action and whiplash speed of the bug army) give it the look of an impossibly sophisticated video game, with the rat-a-tat editing and soaring camerawork of a Hollywood movie. The budgetary shortcuts are evident in moments of blurring and jerking, but overall it's startlingly effective. The PG-level violence (no humans are killed, only demonic-looking bugs) may not be appropriate for younger viewers, but it's aimed at an older crowd and has won a loyal adult following. --Sean Axmaker
I didn't realize when I ordered the ROUGHNECKS DVDs that they are in animation format whereas the STARSHIP TROOPER DVDs are "live action" utilizing live actors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by fred
I was not expecting what I got in this movie. I was thinking that this was another part of the starship troops movies. Which is live action this one is was animated. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carl h
always loved starship troopers cgi. had to buy a replacement, as my "set" was missing this dvd, as i had loaned it to someone who immediatly lost it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. Smith
I did not like this movie at all.... How do the bugs fly through space to get from one planet to another - they are not capable of building a space ship?. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
No humor. Little characterization. Little realism. No political comment [neither Heinlein's pro-war hysteria in the book version nor the sarcastic tongue-in-cheek pro-war... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by justacoder
If you love the book and thought the movies were pretty descent, than your gonna love this series because it doesn't disappoint.Published on March 21, 2009 by *Bling-Bling*
The series is good. I used to watch it everyday before going to school back in the day. It was 1998 or 1999 I think when it aired on TV. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by FOX Hound