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jalford at 12:45PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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Cartoon Network will be premiering the first Hellboy animated movie, Hellboy: Sword Of Stones, this Sat. at 9:30 PM during Toonami.
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ccs1989 at 12:58PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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I am so totally there.
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Ferretshark at 4:36PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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I am so totally there.
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PhatScurl at 5:46PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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SATURDAY?! but that's like 6 days away, i don't have 6 days, my hellboy sugar is too low.
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Rich at 11:40PM, Oct. 23, 2006
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I don't know about this. I really don't like toonami. All they ever have on there is reruns of DragonBall Z. I fucking hate that show so much.

Hellboy belongs on Adult Swim, not alongside shitty DBZ stuff.
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Eggbert at 7:10AM, Oct. 24, 2006
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The trailers for this look really good! Granted, I know little of Helloby, but the animatiors seem to have seriously tried to imitate the comic's style.
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jalford at 9:08AM, Oct. 24, 2006
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Toonami hasn't shown any Dragonball in well over a year now. Toonami's main fodder is Naruto, and a few other on-again/off-again anime titles like One Piece, although they totally gave up on their own anime series IGPX even before it was completed.
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Rich at 11:58AM, Oct. 24, 2006
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They finally gave up on DragonBall? Good. That show sucked anways. And from what I heard, the 4kids fuck up on One Piece makes it nearly unwatchable.

But back on topic, Hellboy doesn't belong on Toonami. What are they trying to do? Market it to little kids or some shit? Last I checked, Hellboy would be better suited for the more mature Adult Swim crowd.
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ccs1989 at 12:25PM, Oct. 24, 2006
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I have complete faith in this show.
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Eggbert at 6:46PM, Oct. 24, 2006
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Hey Rich, please calm down. You need to stop ranting about a block of programming you clearly haven't watched in over a year.

And Toonami has shown some pretty violent stuff recently. There were pretty shocking scenes in that avenger movie. Blood and maining left n right. When the panther tore that guy into chunks holy crap my jaw hung open.

ccs1989- WHY do you have complete faith in this show? I'm just curious, because to me it seems as unproven as anything else right now. Have you found some footage or something?
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ccs1989 at 11:02AM, Oct. 25, 2006
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ccs1989- WHY do you have complete faith in this show? I'm just curious, because to me it seems as unproven as anything else right now. Have you found some footage or something?

http://hellboyanimated.typepad.com/
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Rich at 2:19PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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The art style looks terrible! It's not ‘The Batman’ bad, but goddamn is it close.
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ccs1989 at 3:19PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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What? You guys are crazy. Besides, if you did a comic, would you want to see your EXACT style done in animation, or would it be more exciting to see your characters in a different style? See what someone else does with them? I think so.

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Ferretshark at 3:27PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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That style in those screenshots don't look so bad at all. Can't wait to see how its all animated, now THAT'S where I begin to get critical! Of course, I hope the stories are captivating.





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ccs1989 at 5:26PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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Hellboy Animated Trailer

Just so you know, the creator of the comic is playing a very big part in this series' creation.
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Rich at 6:02PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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The art style does look better in motion, but I still think it should be a pinch darker. From the looks of the trailer, it might not be too bad.
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Eggbert at 7:25PM, Oct. 25, 2006
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There is some serious artistry going into the creation of this thing. Those colors are niiiiice.
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skoolmunkee at 12:29AM, Oct. 26, 2006
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Just so no one is too shocked or disappointed, from all I've heard this Hellboy looks like it is going to be much more of a “Saturday morning cartoons” Hellboy and not the creepy, dark, understated Hellboy that most people know and love. The character designs have been changed to make them more “fun” and the writing is meant to have more pop and flash (and probably corny jokes).

That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if a person sits down to watch a cartoon expecting one thing and getting another, sometimes they get upset.

I dunno when I'll be able to see this myself, if it shows at all in the UK it would be on Sky, which we don't have. :/
  IT'S OLD BATMAN
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ccs1989 at 4:32PM, Oct. 26, 2006
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I haven't read much of the comics, so I have no expectations to be ruined. I think I'll watch this show, then buy a volume of the comics, and compare.
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hpkomic at 8:51PM, Oct. 26, 2006
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I've been following the development of this since the beginning, Tad Stones had a blog showing the process.

Mike Mingola was heavily involved, and the designs are from Sean “Cheeks” Galloway. So overall, it's looking pretty nice.

This is the first of two features actully.
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ccs1989 at 2:09PM, Oct. 27, 2006
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Hey, I've been watching Sean Galloway's DeviantART account for a while. No wonder I like the art style here.
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Rich at 7:18PM, Oct. 28, 2006
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Don't you love it when they kiddify mature works to make money?
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isukun at 8:29PM, Oct. 28, 2006
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I like how they anime-ized everything, even adding a generic “OMG GUYZ DEMONS FROM JAPAN LOLOL” story and making every human look like a reject from Jackie Chan Adventures.

It's kind of wierd that Jackie Chan Adventures was the first thing that came to mind when I watched it, too. Although they threw in a curse word every now and then to remind you it's for 13-year-olds instead of kids. I found the fighting to be pretty boring throughout, too. I also really disliked the bad parallax they had in a few shots and the total lack of research they did on Japanese history and mythology. It's like everything they know about Japan they learned from watching Inuyasha.

I wanted to like this and I think had they picked a different setting, I might have been happier. Also, what's the deal with dropping David Hyde Pierce for Doug Jones? I don't believe for a second they couldn't get or afford him. All he's done recently is voice acting. I know it was Doug Jones under the makeup in the film, but his voice is very different and I think that may have contributed a bit to his change in personality in the cartoon.
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jalford at 12:57AM, Oct. 29, 2006
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Looked like they were secretly trying to revive Samurai Jack with HB's wandering around a monster-infested land with an enchanted sword. The animation wasn't as great either though. I'm glad Ron Perlman was back though, dunno why David Hyde Pierce wasn't on hand, although weirdly Doug Jones who was actually played Abe in the movie does the voice here. The dialogue was okay too. Pretty bold for Toonami(despite all the editing they do to the original Naruto scripts).

The one thing I will give major kudos to is their attention to Japanese folklore. There were more monsters-types from eastern mythology in this single movie than I've seen in about a dozen anime titles. The Kappa, the demon head family, the kitsune, the spidress, plus the awesome job with Raijin & Fujin.
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ccs1989 at 6:51AM, Oct. 29, 2006
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I kinda liked it, though I wish they hadn't made the setting in Japan. I wish they had concentrated more on European folklore or done something with demons THERE. I have to say that I really did feel this series was trying to cash in on the Japan-craze.

Still, it was better than the norm. A good style, decent animation (nice lighting at least, though they did some repeated animation at some points). I flinched whenever they mispronounced a Japanese name though.

Hopefully the next feature will be better. They could have made the fights a little bit better here.
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hpkomic at 7:19AM, Oct. 29, 2006
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I loved the nods to prior Hellboy stories. Heads in partiular. For DTV budget animation, it was enjoyable.
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ccs1989 at 7:35AM, Oct. 29, 2006
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I just bought the first 3 Hellboy books from Amazon to compare them with this show. If the purpose of the movie was to sell Hellboy merch, it sure worked with me.
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isukun at 10:09AM, Oct. 29, 2006
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The one thing I will give major kudos to is their attention to Japanese folklore.

Actually, that was one of my biggest complaints about the movie, the general ignorance they showed when it came to Japanese folklore. Like I said before, it's like everything they knew about Japan, they learned from watching anime rather than picking up a book or even at the least browsing through Wikipedia. I know the whole thing is kind of like occult-lite, but they spent a little more time researching Western folklore in the comics and the live action movie than they did researching Eastern folklore for this movie.

plus the awesome job with Raijin & Fujin.

They refer to them as Thunder and Lightning throughout the movie. Considering how incredibly different they are from the actual Raijin and Fujin, I don't blame them for not using those names. I think they are just supposed to be generic demons. Raijin and Fujin were gods, Fujin had nothing to do with thunder or lightning (he was the god of the winds), and they didn't carry a spear or a hammer.

The demon-head family I believe actually is an old legend, but the rest not so much.

Most of it is taken from Japanese folklore, but it's more modernized versions you'd expect to find in anime than what the folklore presents. They even had a few demon/spirit types that weren't focused on in the background in a few places, but like everything else, they seem to be focusing on the Rumiko Takahashi version of those mythological beings rather than the actual versions from folklore.
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Inkmonkey at 7:21PM, Oct. 31, 2006
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After reading this thread, I was very surprised at the quality and writing in the film. I felt that they really captured the personality of HB and crew. Maybe my standards are just unusually low, but at least I'm reminded again why I tend not to trust the knee-jerk reactions of obsessive fanboys (not to say that there aren't legitimate complaints about the film, but that's a whole other post)
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Inkmonkey at 9:57PM, Oct. 31, 2006
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Yes. Thoroughly. Own the books, plus the BPRD books, the Weird Tales stories, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I've got my criticisms like anyone would, but as far as I can tell the biggest complaints are from people who (like myself) are getting tired of Japanization in practically everything, but I've seen HB go to Japan before and this movie was very much in line with those previous adventures. And the people who freak out about the very minor changes in characters between this and other HB media (“Oh no, Liz is on fire instead of just controlling it!!” )

I think the only major change from the tone of the comic is that the sword seems to be the goal of all these supernatural beings, instead of Hellboy himself, who this time seems to be simply a vessel for this power. Nothing wrong with that; nice change of pace from the usual big, glow-eyed freak trying like Hell to convince HB to embrace his destiny and whatnot.
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