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Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King TChalla, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther.
Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of TChallas murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakandas might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?
From respected filmmaker/producer Reginald Hudlin and legendary comic book artist John Romita, Jr., comes the epic Black Panther story for which comic fans have waited 25 years. Starring Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Star Trek: First Contact).
Looking back at Black Panther with Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr.
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2. The animation style is different, somewhere between "normal" animation and a motion comic, but the art is John Romita Jr.'s and is first rate. If you are the sort of person who gets upset that not all animation looks like your favorite "cartoons", this might bother you. If you are the sort of person who can relax and appreciate a unique style for what it is, then do that, and you'll see it is appropriate and really well done.
3. The voice acting is simply STELLAR. This voice talent and direction here is superb. We even get Stan Lee himself voicing a crotchety, loud-mouthed general, and getting it just right.
4. Characters of almost infinite lameness, e.g. Klaw (the guy "made of sound") and Batroc ("the leaper") are re-imagined in interesting and subtle ways, transforming them into both credible threats and working to build a Black Panther mythos.
5. Some people are upset that the Black Panther lays the smack down on Captain America. It *is* clearly emphasized that Cap has just started out (he has the old, pointy shield to prove it) ... and this Black Panther of the WW II era has MUCH more experience. And let's be honest, the Black Panther is in Captain America's weight class (I'd put Wolverine in there too). And do you know a better way to establish a character as a formidable fighter than to show him taking down Captain America (after a hard fight)? And as "generic state department guy" reminds us, the Panther did take out the Fantastic Four, all four of them, in his first appearance (canonically, in the comics).Read more ›
At first glance, the animation takes some getting used to but once you're immersed in the storyline the animation, art, voice acting, and plot of the story are all perfect to complement the story of T'Challa, Marvel's Black Panther. Even though I've seen the series, I'm picking it up on DVD as well because the show needs to be supported. It was high quality, original, and powerful.
If you're in the least bit interested to learn more about the Black Panther, pick up this DVD. It's got a great story spread throughout 6 episodes. It features cameos of a number of other Marvel superheroes and teases a possible sequel at the end that unfortunately doesn't seem likely to be happening any time soon.
As someone looking to learn a bit more about this character ahead of the upcoming film, I found the story interesting and dramatic. It it s bit jumpy, due to being a series of short-burst episodes instead of a seamless longer film. That being said, this is quite high-quality for an animated adaption, and the African setting and style (to the music, among other things) which sets it apart from the typical Marvel stuff. Well worth the price.
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Marvel Comics' first Black Super-Hero returns for the first time in an all-new animated feature DVD. Originally commissioned to air on Black Entertainment Television, unforeseen complications scuttled an American broadcast, but now this eight-part mini-series is finally collected on a single DVD! Based on the works of filmmaker Reginald Hudlin ("House Party", "The Ladies Man") and comic-book artist John Romita, Jr. ("Spider-Man", "Daredevil", "X-Men"). Highly recommended! (see video)
For those of you that aren't familiar with The Black Panther. He is an African king of a nation in Africa called Wakanda. A nation (in the Marvel Universe) that has a reputation of being fierce warriors and technologically more advanced than China, Japan, The Middle East or even The United States! Furthermore, they have never been conquered or defeated in their history!
As for the Panther title itself, it is a hereditary title that is usually passed on through the generations but can be earned by a Wakandan citizen through combat with whoever is the current Black Panther.
This story is of the current B.P., T'Challa. He gains the throne through this combat and in addition to ruling Wakanda, he is also looking for the man that murdered his father and younger brother when he was a child. Meanwhile, that man (who is a revamped version of Klaw) is assembling his own force which includes a version of The Black Knight, The Juggernaut and Batroc The Leaper to take over Wakanda and finish the job of taking out the whole Panther bloodline! The United States Government is also looking to move in for their own interests.
Storm of the X-Men, who in the comics becomes T'Challa's wife, also makes an appearance as she comes to aid B.P. and the Wakanda nation in their battle.
It has and makes an interesting commentary on how people view each other in the world and makes subtile statements and stances on many subjects, particularly racism, religion and faith.
There is some violence in it that is brief but at times graphic. I would recommend this movie to older kids to adults as this may not be suitable for young children.Read more ›
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It portrayed Wakada as it should be. You don't often get that story line with people of color, like people that look like me. It does follows comic book canon.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great cartoon animation with mega-inspirational food for thought. Depict clearly the attack on Afrika focus by a world view of parasites.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kwame Ba
Marvel Knights: Black Panther is not really a movie, but an eight part episodic adventure of the titular character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dante
I don't really like this style of animation but this has really grown on me. Great story.Published 2 months ago by G. Stapleton