Wednesday, September 15, 2010

They bump back.

So, Starz has been showing some of the Hellboy animated movies on their various channels (namely Encore and Movieplex) and they're pretty awesome. I watched Blood and Iron yesterday, and it was very cool. Now, it had a lot of flashbacks that didn't seem fully integrated to the main story. They were related to the story, certainly, but their placement throughout felt slap-dash and haphazard. They detracted more than added to the tale.

The animation is solid. It's kind of a cross between Mignola's original style and the style popularized by the various Bruce Timm animated projects, and it works.

And, of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the voice talent. Actors from the live-action films, such as Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, and John Hurt, join veteran voice acting talent. Overall, this provides a top notch voice cast that really shines.

I also caught the last half of Sword and Storms today, which is similarly good, though having missed half of it, I'm hesitant to comment on it fully. On the other hand, the parts I did see had Hellboy fighting a bunch of Japanese demons, like the kappa, so that's pretty cool. Of course, Hellboy is pretty cool regardless, so that probably goes without saying.

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