Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Planet Hulk Raising the Bar for Marvel Animation

The 15 second review: Marvel brings tales for the ubergeek straight to DVD and doesn't pull any punches! Aliens get squashed, pummeled and ripped apart, stadiums fill with easter eggs for the die-hards, infected alien monsters attack their families and in the middle of it all, HULK SMASH!! Watch the ultimate Hulk tale and grin like a dork through every second of it.

Look for further reviewification when my Blu-ray lands. Until then, here are some video interviews I did at the NY premiere of Planet Hulk with our host, WWE SmackDown Superstar Matt Striker and panelists Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics Joe Quesada, Planet Hulk Comic Book Author Greg Pak and President of Marvel Animation Eric Rollman.

Now that you are all tingly with anticipation for the big PH release, I thought I'd give you a peek of what you may not have known was coming after that.

THE AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is an all-new property featuring some of Marvel’s all-time favorite characters including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Giant Man and Wasp. When the planet is threatened by Super Villains, time traveling conquerors, alien invaders, mythical monsters and mad robots bent on the total destruction of humanity, when forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when there is no hope left...the Avengers assemble!

The Avengers are the best of the best in the Marvel Universe and the greatest heroes who take on the most unbeatable foes. These are the heroes who hold back the storm, and the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

"The addition of THE AVENGERS: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to our quickly expanding animation slate continues our plan to complement each of our tentpole live action features with an animated series," said Eric Rollman, President of Animation. "This new ensemble series tracks perfectly with our highly anticipated ‘road to the Avengers’ strategy which includes some of Marvel’s biggest and most beloved characters, and which kicks off with two Avengers’ themed feature films in summer 2011.”

If it wasn't clear, Avengers will be on TV.

And then there's..MARVEL ANIME!!!

Soooo...my number one question would be, why can't all the Marvel animated films look like this??!! Many moons ago, I went to the movies and saw Transformers the animated movie. The art was fantastic and made me excited for what was to come. Unfortunately, nothing else came close...at least from the US. Why do we get such awesome animation on anime re-imaginings? This is going to drive me crazy for a while.

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