How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a village of Vikings who have to battle with constantly being raided and pillaged themselves by swarms of dragons who steal their herds and destroy their homes. Our protagonist is a scrawny Viking-to-be called Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel; animated by many), who also happens to be the son of the village chief, Stoic (voiced by Gerard Butler; animated by many). Relegated to being an apprentice blacksmith, Hiccup uses his technical know-how to construct a cannon. One night during a dragon raid Hiccup manages to take down his first dragon using the cannon – but on finding the downed beast Hiccup finds himself unable to kill the wounded dragon and sets him free.
Halo is a multi-billion dollar franchise that’s taken the gaming world by storm and is slowly making the move to film; this animated DVD release is the first step. When Halo: Combat Evolved was released in 2002, I was one of the many to buy it. Hell, if you owned an XBOX you had to own this game, at the very least it was one of only a handful of games out at the time. I enjoyed the game, quite a bit in fact. It was new and exciting, with fast paced first person shooter action that rivalled GoldenEye 007. However even then I found the story lacking, it was hollow and generic and ever since then as each new game has come out they have tried and failed to make the universe even slightly interesting.
When I heard about this series of short animated films, done in a style similar to the entertaining Animatrix and the fantastic Batman: Gotham Knight, I was actually interested. This could have been what got me invested in the Halo characters and want to explore the universe they created… it could have been.
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a film based on the book by Roald Dahl and while I don’t recall too many specifics of the book, I do recall it being clever, amusing and one of my favourite books for a time. I’m uncertain just how faithful an adaptation this film is, but it does still conjure the same feelings of awesome – well, with one exception. Continue reading Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox
For regular readers or anyone who reads the dates on articles you probably would have noticed a decisive lack of updates on spacemeat.com.au recently. This is due to a few things, like that pesky thing called life getting in the way, but mostly I have been hard at work producing a new internet video debate show for Privateer Productions called The Lobby.
Here is the first episode and despite being rough and myself rambling on way to much, I think it turned out OK. Big thanks to Lee and Shannon from the hit C31 program The Bazura Project for being our guests.
Written and directed by Henry Selick and based on the novel by Neil Geiman, this stop-motion animated feature film tells the story of a young girl named Coraline who has just moved into a dreary apartment with her parents. Coraline doesn’t much care for her new home or her weird neighbours – but then she discovers a portal to a place which seems to be a magical, amazing version of her own world. In this ‘other world’ everyone and everything is better than it was in the real world. There’s only one disconcerting quality about this other world – everyone has buttons where their eyes should be. This is the experience of watching Coraline: it’s absolutely wonderful, but with a hint of menace. Continue reading Review: Coraline
Like every other young geek on the planet I love zombies and when I saw the instant classic 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead I thought, the only way another zombie horror comedy could be even close to this glorious masterpiece is if it included Woody Harrelson killing zombies in hilarious ways.
Marvel comics have been on a winning streak of crossover events for a couple of years and one of the biggest World War Hulk started with an epic Hulk story arc called Planet Hulk. Now Marvel is giving us this green gladiatorial smack down in a new animated film for release on DVD and Blu-Ray. Check out the full length trailer for Planet Hulk below.