A and A's Movie A Day

Watching movies until we run out.

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms

March 3, 2010

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms

Here we have one of two animated Hellboy features that we own.  They came out in 2006 and 2007 so right between the two movies.  They both feature the cast of the movies reprising their roles, with Doug Jones performing as Abe – which was odd at the time since his voice wasn’t in the first movie.  It would be like having the voice of Ray Park in one of the Star Wars animated features as Darth Maul.  Slightly non-sensical.

I absolutely LOVE the art style of these movies.  Hellboy, for example, has his stubby little goat legs from the comic books, which I always loved because they made his big old barrel chest seem more brutal by comparison.  My one quibble would be Liz’s nose ring.  It’s like some focus group figured it would make her more edgy and cool for the kids today.  The animation is saturday morning cartoon level.  It never really wows you but it gets the job done.  At several moments, however, particularly with Hellboy’s many fights, there are still frames that look as though they could be almost from the comic books.  I like that.

This film has Hellboy on a mystical quest through Japanese folklore trying to stop the unleashing of dragons that are prevented from destroying the world because a couple demons are trapped in a magic sword.  Or something like that.  Really it’s just a mishmash of classic Japanese fairy stories.  Oh, and a spirit guide in the form of a fox.  I was disappointed every time the fox talked that it didn’t sound like Johnny Cash.  (Yes, I realize that was a coyote.. just saying.)

It is a lot of fun to see a simple story of the BPRD crew stopping the end of the world as we know it with brute force and a laconic wit.  With none of the deeper maundering or meaning that bogged down the second film.  And you do get the impression that this is really just another day at the office for these people.  I look forward to seeing how they save the world tomorrow.

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