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5.0 out of 5 stars Adult Animation Awesomeness!, October 13, 2009
This review is from: G.I. Joe: Resolute (Widescreen) (DVD)
G.I. Joe: Resolute first aired in 7-minute installments on Cartoon Network's [adult swim] in the summer of 2009. For adult fans of the 1980s cartoon series this is as close to perfection as an animated Joe feature can get. The animation style has a much more sleek and anime feel to it, but these are still the same characters and it's set in the same "universe" as the 1980s cartoon. "Resolute" has all the classic characters (Baroness, Destro, Cobra Commander, Duke, Snake Eyes, Stormshadow, Scarlett, etc.) from the '80s cartoon, but it treats them with a PG-13 rather than a "Saturday Morning" sensibility. There are bullets and blood and death.

The plot centers on another attempt by Cobra Commander to overtake the world and the Joes rallying to stop him. The highpoint of the film for me included the ultimate battle between Snake Eyes and Stormshadow I always dreamed of as a kid. If the 2009 feature film had half of the energy and emotion as this one fight alone it would've been an infintely more enjoyable film. Bottomline is if you were a 1980s Joe fan and found the live-action film lacking then you will be pleasantly shocked and awed by this outstanding animated feature.
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Initial post: Oct 17, 2009 2:45:38 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2009 7:42:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2009 7:45:37 PM PDT
B McD says:
Springfield and Cobra Island. Both part of the original 80s lore. I think I still have the "welcome to springfield" comic book (http://www.comics.org/issue/95821/cover/4/?style=default). BTW, I totally agree with OP. This may be my favorite anime-style cartoon I have ever seen. The SS vs. SE fight was amazing and sad at the same time.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 9:50:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 25, 2014 3:47:48 PM PST
Beardyjin says:
@A.Brown: It's definitely the same "universe" as the 80s cartoon. The character names, costumes, and personalities are all the same. The only thing different is that they are written for an adult audience and thus the action reflects that, which is what I said in my original review. Maybe you could make the argument it takes place in an alternate timeline or something like the 2009 Star Trek film, but they're still the same characters we all loved from the 80s show and toylines.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2009 3:12:09 PM PDT
Luminus says:
There's some wording from Cobra Commander, when we first see him that suggests that this follows the 1980's cartoon. (he mentions past failures) If that's what you mean by same universe, then maybe you're right. However, just having the same costumes, names and personalities doesn't put characters into the same continuity (universe). I think that's what A. Brown was referring to and where the confusion lies. It's not entirely clear if this is a reboot or not. Roadblock, for instance, doesn't speak in rhymes anymore. Also, Zartan seems to have a totally different personality and appearance.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009 11:11:37 PM PST
Kriojinik says:
The characters definitely follow the same universe as the 80s cartoon. If anything I think the writers took a big cue from the Devil's Due version of G.I.Joe where the characters are older and more current. Cobra Commander is DEFINITELY more like his comic counterpart. They also didn't have characters that were killed in the Devil's Due books like Quick Kick. If you watch the featurette that's on the DVD you'll understand the angle that the creative team worked from for this piece. I only hope they are able to release more projects like this in the future. It really was an amazing take on the Joe universe.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2014 3:50:54 PM PST
Beardyjin says:
Nearly five years since this aired and no sequel to speak of. It's too bad since the live action film sequel was less than perfect. 'Resolute' still remains my favorite post-80s interpretation of the franchise.

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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2014 8:45:10 AM PDT
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Luminus says:
Cobra Commander was turned back into whatever he was originally (he wasn't human, apparently) in the 1989 series (technically Seasons 3 & 4). Look it up on Wikipedia. G.I. Joe: Resolute is like Transformers: Prime in that it takes the continuity of the 80's cartoon AND the comics into consideration.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 2:59:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2014 10:59:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 4, 2014 11:01:03 AM PDT
Luminus says:
I didn't make the claim, Hasbro did. But since I'm cosigning, I'll bite. I proved it by telling you it's on Wikipedia. The Prime cartoon is not a straight continuity from the 80's cartoon. It's an amalgamation of it; hence, the 2 video games that recently came out. Quoted from Hasbro:

"A question was recently posed to Hasbro's UK office asking if the Transformers Prime television series and the Transformers War for Cybertron video game were in a connected continuity. Unfortunately the wrong answer was delivered and that answer has made its way to the fan community. The TRANSFORMERS brand team would like to confirm that Transformers War for Cybertron video game, Transformers Exodus novel, and the Transformers Prime television show are in the same aligned continuity. Hasbro is creating a single continuity to tell the bulk of our TRANSFORMERS stories going forward."

Source: tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-prime-39/transformers-prime-continuity-clarification-from-hasbro-171065/

In the next link, Hasbro lead, Aron Archer, explains the almgamated continuity:

tfw2005.com/transformers-news/video-games-17/tfw2005-war-for-cybertron-interview-with-aaron-archer-and-matt-tieger-168910/

Those said video games are a prequel to the g1 cartoon as stated by High Moon Studios themselves:

Source: tfwiki.net/wiki/High_Moon_Studios

This timeleine created by said studio clearly shows the game is supposed to lead into the G1 continuity:

tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/4/0/5/9/7/fulltimeline_1319661928.jpg

The screwed up continuity is not my fault. It's theirs. But make no mistake about what was intended with these 2 properties.

As for G.I. Joe: Resolute. I leave you with a quote from Cobra Commander himself:

"It suited me once to appear weak and cowardly, because it motivated you people to think, but today...is a new day. There will be no moves to take over my command. There will be no mistakes. There will be none of your crap! None of it!"

That is a direct reference to the 80's cartoon.
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