REVIEW SUMMARY: A decent offering marred by an art style so grotesque as to be horribly distracting. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After battling a menagerie of his enemies, The Flash (Barry Allen), wakes up to find the world has changed. Atlantis is at war with the Amazon’s of Themyscira, who have destroyed Europe, and claimed the United Kingdom as their own. In this alternate world, it’s up to Barry Allen and this world’s version of The Batman to set things right again, or die trying.
MY REVIEW: PROS: Decent story; nice to see Barry’s version of The Flash in an animated feature; this Batman is interesting (not all alternates have been); another fun romp through the ‘what if’ catalogue of stories. CONS: The physical representations of the heroes (the art) is weird, grotesque and distracting; even without having read the original comics, the twist was predictable. BOTTOM LINE: As a fan of the animated movies DC has been pumping out, this one is much better than the previous few and well worth your time.
In this bizarre but captivating animation by Patrick Smith, “masked men exploit an edible smaller species as a renegade scientist perfects a cloning process to satisfy demand, but the clones conceal a destructive secret.” This is Smith’s visualization of musician Karl von Kries’ seven minute audio score. Continue reading →
Paul and the Dragon is an affecting animated short created, directed and animated by Albert ‘t Hooft and Paco Vink from Anikey Studios.
Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. ?He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. ?He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in ?his body that needs to be fought. As a true hero, young Paul fights the dragon, together ?with the medications and the love of his family, and wins.
This film supports the efforts of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, acco.org — tip ‘em at Vimeo!
Daniel Kanemoto has put together this fantastic animated tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films. Says the filmmaker:
This is my cinematic love letter to three influential movies that made me want to be a filmmaker: EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2, and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
I created all the artwork in the sequence, but the final image is directly inspired by an incredible EVIL DEAD poster created by Olly Moss. The moment I saw it, I only wanted to see it move – which is how I feel about all great posters. The new wave of artists working with Mondo have made movie posters worth collecting again, and that’s a great thing. I hope to someday join their ranks.
With the voice of the original Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris), corny dailog (“But Dina, if we can’t penertrate those steam clouds around Jupiter, we’ll never know if there’s life there!) and recycled music from Super Friends…what’s not to love?
Before the 1977 Rankin And Bass production…there was this 1966 version by Gene Deitch. Originally planned as a full-length feature film before the Tolkien craze hit, a screenplay was written that took several heretical liberties with the story. Unfortunately the deal fell through with 20th Century Fox. But then, just one month before the rights were set to expire, the property value of Tolkien’s work skyrocketed and Gene put together the version you see here: