Green Lantern: Rise Of The Red Lanterns: The Animated Series - Season 1 Part 1
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Warner Bros. Animation is bringing the Green Lantern to television in an all-new CG animated action series from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, DC Universe Original Animated Movies). Based upon the DC Comics super hero, the 26-episode Green Lantern: The Animated Series will debut in 2011. As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hall Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations- but he’s never faced anything like this! Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion from the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage. The evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for.]]>
A computer-animated Cartoon Network TV series based on the DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series tells the story of Hal Jordan, the first human chosen to wield the power of the green ring. Despite a distressing tendency to ignore rules and disobey orders, Hal is absolutely driven to protect innocent life, even at the risk of his own good standing or personal well-being. When Atrocitus, the head of the Red Lanterns, and his henchmen Zilius Zox and Razer begin killing off Green Lanterns stationed far away from Earth in the Forgotten Zone, Hal is called to Oa to be briefed on the issue by the Guardians. With a little encouragement from one of the Guardians, Hal partners up with fellow warrior Kilowog, steals a plane called the Interceptor that comes equipped with a new prototype artificial intelligence, and heads to the Forgotten Zone to bolster the Green Lantern forces. Hal and Kilowog encounter a much larger and more devious Red Lantern contingent than anticipated, and thanks to some glitches in the Interceptor, the two Green Lanterns end up completely on their own against an entire army of Red Lanterns. Hal and Kilowog gain several unlikely allies in the Forgotten Zone, some of whom turn out to be infinitely more helpful than others, but the power of the green ring, combined with hope and an unwavering commitment to protecting the innocent, serves them well in battles against much stronger enemies. Their battles also reveal much about Guardian and Green Lantern history, the variety of life forms inhabiting the Forgotten Zone, and the relative powers of hope, love, and rage. The computer animation in this series is excellent, with a look quite similar to The Incredibles. The stories and characters are engaging, the battle sequences are exciting, and the many plot twists keep viewers guessing and excitedly anticipating the next installment of episodes. (Ages 8 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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Writing as someone who honestly had no interest in this series to begin with, despite being both a comic and a DC animated fan, let me just say that this is by far the BEST animated series I watched all year. Even if you aren't into superheroes, even if you know absolutely nothing about Green Lantern mythos, even if you aren't the "target audience," as long as you like fun, well-developed characters having adventures in an expansive sci-fi space setting, you will love this show.
First, this is a kid's show that doesn't pan to the whole dumbed down, slap-stick mentality so many kid's shows seem to have. The stories are smart, there's an over-arcing crisis that ties everything together, and the characters are all three dimensional and experience substantial development even within just thirteen episodes. Even side characters, outside of the main crew, are incredibly well fleshed out. Think Avatar: the Last Airbender, in terms of plot and character development (which makes sense, as quite a few people who worked on ATLA work on this). Being only thirteen episodes, not a second is wasted, and scenes that seem one-off, or episodes that seem like stand-alone stories all come into play in the main arc in clever, well-planned ways. Nothing seems pulled out of thin air, and during a rewatch you can actually map out the progression of story and character arcs, which is something very rare in any medium.
As for the animation, which I'll admit was one reason I originally didn't think to check this out, while being CGI, it is incredibly well done. The scenery is spectacular, and being set in space and on alien worlds, the animators have gone all out on the trippy, spacey designs and color palette. The character animation is also fantastic. The biggest problem with CGI is that characters can seem stiff and inhuman, but that's not the case here. While the facial expressions aren't as exaggerated as most cartoons, they're there and the subtlety of them only adds to the story, in my opinion.
Again, I'm bad at reviews, because I basically just want to key-smash about how great this series is. But despite that, you should definitely check this show out if it seems like something you're even a little interested in. You won't regret it!
Okay, I'll admit that it took a while for me to like this, on YouTube. The UNREALISTICALLY muscularly built characters were a real turnoff for me. The original Hal Jordan I grew up with, from the comic books, represents my idea of the perfectly built body. Superman was much too big for my tastes as well as Batman and other comic superheroes. The original Hal Jordan had the proportional body I felt all worthwhile men should strive for.
So, I was initially angry that they chose to animate Green Lanterns with unrealistically built bodies. Lower bodies that would most probably collapse under the weight of the upper body, in real life. Once I got past that and chose to ignore it I became enthralled by this series. I have no intention of spoiling it for you, but this is one series you really should watch from beginning to end. If you come in somewhere in the middle you will not understand the premises of what this is all about.
I will say this much: There is a very well thought out story plot that ties the first episode to the last. It will BLOW YOUR MIND if you follow it. Well, it really blew my mind and I'm so friggin 'jaded' I might as well be made of jade. If you love quality animation and enjoy the concept of a superhero who creates from his imagination you will love this animated series.