Thor: Tales of Asgard (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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The first thing fans will notice is the wide-eyed, clean animation of "Tales of Asgard." The colors are vibrant, the details few, and the movement just above being a choppy distraction. This is the animation that you'll likely see on Saturday morning cartoons, but when one character claims that the only thing more frigid than Nilfheim is the land of the Valkyries it's clear this is meant for a PG-13 audience. It's kind of like hearing a swear word come out of your twelve year old.
The second is that this tales is firmly set in a fantasy realm, which essentially makes it like a session of Dungeons & Dragons. There's the sorcerer who's just learning to use his magic (Rick Gomez as Loki), the perpetually grumpy fighter (Paul Dobson as Hogun), the huge lover of mead and meal (resident dwarf-like character Volstagg played by Brent Chapman), and the lover of women (the bard role played by Alistair Abell as Fandral). They're all lovable lunks in their own way - Loki's a weakling, the Warriors Three are carousing blowhards. Then there's Sif (Tara Strong)¸Thor's rival in arms and affection, who finds offense in the Einherjar's deference to Thor in combat. In short, Thor is a royal brat.
When he realizes that everyone is catering to him, Thor decides to strike out on his own by capturing Surtur's sword, a flaming blade capable of leveling mountains. He is pursued by Frost Giants, Odin's soldiers, and finally a drow named Algrim (Ron Halder).Read more ›
Thor and Loki are very young in this, making the film feel like it was directed at kids. The action is sub par, and the animation is not up to movie quality levels. This looks like a cartoon series on Disney XD or something.
Kids will like this probably... Adult Marvel fans will be left lacking.
If this is under 10 bucks, I would say buy it, over 10, move on.
-Hope this helps.
This is a full-length feature animation film of the early years of Thor, Loki and The mystical Nine-Kingdom realm of Nordic folklore. This takes place long before he becomes the superhero most of us know him as.
This is also a brilliant piece of animated storytelling to boot.
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As someone who has bought and loved comics as a kid and more recently as a buyer of Alex Ross' "graphic novels," THOR has always been an enigma for me. I don't ever remember as a kid ANY issue of Thor where they talked about his background. Every issue was an epic battle with Loki. Those stories got old REAL quick. After awhile, I only ran into Thor when he was with the Avengers.
In THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, my many questions have been answered. This is a phenomenal animated movie. If you're familiar Nordic or Northern European folklore, many of the characterizations are present here.
This film is not in any way like a take on a television animated, this has the feel of a Disney feature. The concept was well thought out and each character/ community had very distinct personalities from the people of Asgard, to the Valkyries, to the Frost Giants.
No superheroic, super powered feats, this is a story of a father and son and the boundaries that are crossed into manhood.
For Thor, his rite of passage means to stow away aboard the "Warriors Three" ship in search of the magical Lost Sword of Sutur.Read more ›
So I went into "Thor: Tales of Asgard" with a fairly open mind. This cartoon is a pretty average for its first half (much coming-of-age-and-learning-responsibility plot), and the animation is not exactly great even at its best moments. But the plot is well handled, the characters are well written, and the climactic battle between Asgard, the Ice Giants, and a wild card with an unstoppable weapon.
Teenage Thor is shocked when he's told that he only wins against Asgard's greatest warriors because they have to let him, and that nobody respects him. So after Odin forbids him to go out in search of adventure, he and his reluctant brother Loki stow away on the Three Heroes' ship. Their goal: To find the legendary sword of the Fire Giant Surta, lost in the frozen wastes of Jotunheim.
Unfortunately, Odin soon discovers that not only have his sons left Asgard against his orders, but they're causing lots of mayhem wherever they go. And after finding the sword, Thor accidentally sparks off a war between Asgard and the Frost Giants, leading an army to lay siege to his home city. Now not only must the five travelers find a way home, but they must somehow avert a massive war -- and stop a deadly foe in their own number.
"Thor: Tales of Asgard" isn't the best comic book movie I've seen -- definitely not on the level of most Batman animated movies, or the Green Lantern ones. This is mainly because of the animation, which is very Saturday-morning cartoon. Simple forms, solid sheets of hair, very thick cylindrical calves, and angular figures, and pretty interchangeable faces (especially the women!).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
don't be fooled by the adult Thor on the cover, it's when the two prince's are young adults, but i guarantee, if your a Marvel fan, this is the video for you :) yeah it's cartoon,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patricia Schmidt
Loved the story and animation (though I do tend to like what others hate)! And the bonus episode was very amusing 😄 Certainly worth buying, I'd say!Published 3 months ago by Catherine Boyle
I really enjoyed this movie. The animation looked somewhat Saturday morning cartoonish, but it wasn't bad, and the story was good. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linsey Martin
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