Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006)

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

Great to get the voices of the actors from the movies

Story gets dull

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Hellboy Animated:  Sword of Storms

Studio:  Film Roman

Genre(s):  Animated/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  February 6, 2006

MPAA Rating:  PG

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…and now I’m talking to a fox

Demons known as Thunder and Lightning possess a Japanese man and draw the attention of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.  When Hellboy (voiced by Ron Perlman) and Professor Kate Corrigan (voiced by Peri Gilpin) find an ancient sword, Hellboy is drawn into a world full of Japanese myth.  While Hellboy battles his way through the world, Abe Sapien (voiced by Doug Jones) and Liz Sherman (voiced by Selma Blair) try to stop one of the Dragons that Thunder and Lightning are set to release upon the world.

The first of the Hellboy Animated movies, the movie was directed by Phil Weinstein and Tad Stones and produced by Guillermo del Toro.  The movie came out between Hellboy and Hellboy 2:  The Golden Army.  It was released on DVD in February 2006 then aired on the Cartoon Network in October of 2006.  The movie was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program.

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It’s the Poltergeist Dog Thing!

The movie was smart to get the major stars of the film Hellboy films to do the voice work for this movie which provided some consistency between the film and the animated movie.  This allows the movie to feel like an extension of the films while incorporating more of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic and B.P.R.D.

Despite having a large content to draw upon, Hellboy:  Sword of Storms is mostly a new story.  The one segment where he meets nukekubi (Japanese spirits that can detatch their heads from their bodies to hunt for prey) was based on the Hellboy story “Heads” which was presented in Hellboy:  The Chained Coffin and Other Stories.  It does feel very segmented with not many ties between the Abe Sapien and Liz story and Hellboy’s adventure in the Japanese world.

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Abe & Liz suck face

I get a little bored through the course of this movie because with the animated aspect of the movie, their budget is limitless.  There are so many supernatural storylines that could have been followed and this seems like a rather dull story.  The story should have just looked at some X-Files episodes and stole aspects of that…I’ve always seen B.P.R.D. as an extension of The X-Files (though the Hellboy character did premiere one month before The X-Files).

The art style of Hellboy Animated is pretty good…It almost taps into the art of Mignola but simplifies it a bit.  I love Mignola’s art so seeing it dumbed down for the movie kind of sucks, but it does stand on its own as a nice stylized animated film.

Hellboy Animated:  Sword of Storms is a nice supplemental film to help boost the story of the other big screen Hellboy films.  I would have liked to see the animated turn into a normal series where I think it would excel by having shorter stories.  It probably wouldn’t have been able to keep the actors, but it would be interesting to explore B.P.R.D. and some more of its agents.  Hellboy Animated:  Sword of Storms was followed by Hellboy Animated:  Blood & Iron in 2007 and both films have been collected in a single Blu-Ray.

Related Links:

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy Animated:  Blood & Iron (2007)

Hellboy II:  The Golden Army (2008)

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