Friday, February 23, 2007

Netflix Fix: Hellboy Animated

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An animated feature that aired on the Cartoon Network sometime last year based on the Hellboy movie, which was based on the Dark Horse comic book. And just to make it confusing, they're apparently making a comic based on this movie (and future ones... I guess there's one due out soon). In the past seven or eight years with all the comic book adaptations, I thought Hellboy was one of the few best (Batman Begins and Sin City being the best). So I figured I'd give this a shot.

Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) reprise their movie roles as voice actors, and they threw in Peri Gilpin... for some reason. The story sees Hellboy teleported into a world of Japanese demons while Abe, Liz, and Peri Gilpin's Kate try to bring him back. And the plot was basically unimportant, it was mostly an excuse to have a bunch of action scenes.

And that worked pretty well. The animation was pretty good, the characters were very stylized and the backgrounds were very nice throughout. It's not the greatest thing you'll ever see, but I was entertained, and will be checking out the next one on the Cartoon Network (assuming I remember).

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