Dark Fury - The Chronicles of Riddick (Animated)
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No surprise, Riddick is high on her list of cryo-candidates. Using Jack and Abu as bait Chillingsworth forces Riddick to participate in a life or death. As you may imagine, Riddick doesn't fight on a schedule, nor does he call it quits when the curtain falls. Be prepared for a string of grim confrontations as our anti-hero takes on an entire ship.
I'm not as big a fan of the Aeon Flux animation team as others are, but they really did managed to make this film work with only a slight touch if CGI. The high level of action seems to fit the style very well, and even Riddick's brutality displays moments of true grace. My big complaint, and the reason this will never get more than four stars from me, is that it is way too short. I would rather pay more for a longer, better-developed story, to be honest.
But it is fun. Hopefully they will make more.
I recommend it. It is worth seeing.
I am a huge fan of Pitch Black and have been since I saw it in the theater. I was very excited about the release of a "Sequel" this summer. I was not particularly impressed by "The Chronicles of Riddick".
After I saw "The Chronicles of Riddick" in the theater... I found out about "Dark Fury." I was determined to acquire a copy as soon as it was released.
"Dark Fury" was a much better "sequel." It really is a shame that it was only 35 minutes long. I will admit, the storyline is pretty straightforward and somewhat trite, but I was beyond caring because of the incredible animation. Peter Chung has brought the characters of Pitch Black to animated life in his distinctive style, but without losing any of their own distinctive characteristics. They really nailed the way Riddick moves, fights, and reacts.
There is a sequence that happens in "zero-gee", and is handled beautifully. It is perfect, and wonderful.
This story feels less like a "bridging storyline" between two live action films, and more like an episode of a beautiful cartoon series that one might find on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. I found myself desperately wishing that an animated series would be born, thanks to this featurette.
There are some good special features. I enjoyed the interviews and the discussions about how they pieced the series together.
One bonus: Rhianna Griffith, who originated the role of Jack, provided the voice of Jack for "Dark Fury". This is a treat, since she was replaced in "The Chronicles of Riddick" by Alexa Davalos.
It was nice to hear "Jack" speak in her "own" voice. The other characters from "Pitch Black" were voiced by their original actors as well. A nice touch.
Eclipses "Chronicles Of Riddick" and equals, perhaps surpasses "Pitch Black" A must for fans of the series or of such animated fare as "The Animatrix", "Galerians: Rion" or "Blood: The Last Vampire".
Interesting sidenote: this isn't star Vin Diesel's first foray into animation. Also check out the more child-friendly and seriously under-appreciated "Iron Giant" from 1999, where Diesel voices the title character.
Like I said. The story is way off into left field. Apparently soon after Riddick and his cohorts leave the planet from Pitch Black they get captured by a ship full of mercs, controlled by some lady who has a thing for killers. The plot itself isn't so bad, but the way they execute it doesn't meld as well. This animated film is nothing more than ego worship for the Riddick character. There is no real plot or character development because of this. Just Riddick kicking butt and people being impressed by it.
The artwork is definitely Chung. Although you won't see the same action sequences that were signature in his early works like Aen Flux, the art itself is more polished on the characters. They are much less... how can I put this?... skinny and puppet-like... than Aeon. The voice acting is superb with the original actors from Pitch Black doing the voices of Riddick, Imam and "Jack".
This 30 minute short is a mix of cel animation and computer animation and I must say the CG side of things is very much lacking. Not only does it stick out like a sore thumb it looks dated... as in what you would expect years ago. The cel animation, on the other hand, is great and very dynamic.
The extras are actually pretty nice for such a short show.Read more ›
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Decent anime version of Riddick. Nothing special, but if you like Riddick you'll probably like this comic book version.Published 2 months ago by F-M-O
The story was good, the problems are the short run time (it could have easily been twice as long-minimum) and the animation. Read morePublished 5 months ago by thy_avatar
Way better than I thought. Very entertaining if you are a Riddick fan.Published 9 months ago by Guy Hardy
I am not a big fan of animation, but as animation goes, this was pretty crappy work.Published 10 months ago by Vince
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