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First Look: FIREBREATHER Movie

Plus: YOUNG JUSTICE, LOSERS, WE3 and more!

By Rob M. Worley     April 22, 2010
Source: Mania


Comics2Film: FIREBREATHER
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A first look at Cartoon Network's 'Firebreather' animated movie. Plus: Cartoon Network unveils 'Young Justice' and 'Mad' as well. Heading into a 'Losers' weekend. Morrison talks about the killer pets of 'We3' and more! Go Petunias! It's your Comics2Film 10.4.22!

 

 

THE LOSERS Primer

If you need help getting up to speed on 'The Losers', check out Chad Derdowski's primer, right here on Mania.com.

 

 

C2F Saw THE LOSERS

Comics2Film checked out a screening of 'The Losers' last night. As always, we'll defer to Mania's critic of record for an in-depth discussion of the film.

Overall we have to say we didn't love the movie. In spite of replicating numerous action beats from Andy Diggle and Jock's comic series, and coming up with a close approximation of the military-grade heist structure of the book, the movie lacks the stronger story elements of the source material. Admittedly, seeing all the best action segments and funniest lines of dialogue in the numerous trailers and clip reels that have been released probably didn't help. The highlight was seeing Jock's stunning graphics blown up wide screen during various segments. It'll have its fans and may even win the weekend, but the movie will drop like a stone after that.

Bottom line: we'd grade it a C.

 

 

But What Do We Know?

  • Famed critic Roger Ebert, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy 'The Losers' just fine. He scores it 3.5 stars (out of 4) and writes, "The movie gets the job done, and the actors show a lot of confidence in occupying that tricky middle ground between controlled satire and comic overkill. It's fun."
     
  • Drew McWeeny at the Motion Captured Blog on Hit Fix gave it a thumbs up. "It moves, it's got attitude, and it is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, while the action scenes all respect the laws of physics just enough to ground the film."
     
  • Edward Douglas at Coming Soon also felt the movie passed the time admirably. "A fairly literal translation of the comics to the screen that isn't perfect but has enough funny moments to keep you involved with the characters."
     
  • Comic Book Resources is on board as well. "While not without its flaws, 'The Losers' is what it needs to be - a snappy, funny action flick."
     

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

TAMARA DREWE Photos Online

Gemma Arterton with the comic strip version of TAMARA DREWE

OK. 'Tamara Drewe' isn't the kind of comic book movie that most people are reading this column to learn about, but we do aim to be complete in our coverage. The new movie by director Stephen Frears is based on Posy Simmond's comic strip from the UK's The Guardian paper.

New photos and info about them movie, which stars actress Gemma Arterton ('Clash of the Titans') are online at Blogomatic3000.com. Here's the official description of the movie:

"Once a shy and unattractive teenager from a small rural idyll, Tamara’s past catches up with her when she returns the village and has to face an old flame. With a rock star boyfriend back in London she gets caught in a love triangle and becomes the focus of gossiping locals."

We've lined up one of the images with the comic strip art so you can see what they're going for. Click through to Blogomatic for more images. Are you really going to say no some nice pics of Ms. Arterton? 

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission and the comic strip artwork for comparison.

 

 

C2F Quick Hits

  • Director Paul WS Anderson had a bit to say about his planned 'Buck Rogers' film to MTV Movies Blog. Expect the lead role to go to a major player. "It's a big movie star role. So that's the way we'll be positioning it," Anderson said. Click through for more of his comments.
     
  • Samuel L. Jackson chats up MTV Splash Page about the hiring of actor Chris Evans for 'Captain America' and director Joss Whedon for 'The Avengers'. Jackson is expected to play Nick Fury in both movies.
     
  • Meanwhile, the MPAA has rated 'Scott Pilgrim vs The World' PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references.
     
  • Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission

 

 

Morrison on the WE3 movie

Comics creator Grant Morrison expressed to MTV Splash Page his disappointment over the lack of progress in getting the adaptation of his mini-series 'We3' to the big screen.

Morrison had written a screenplay for the film, which was to be directed by John Stevenson of 'Kung Fu Panda' fame.

"People don’t seem to realize how great of a project it is," Morrison told MTV News. "To me, if they make a movie of 'We3,' it’s basically a new 'E.T..' Everybody’s going to be weeping as they walk out of the cinema at the end. It’s the kind of movie you can watch in China or India or America or Scotland, because it’s about animals," he added. "Everyone can identify with the literal underdog."

Of course, 'E.T.' didn't come with a Gatling gun that could blow people into hamburger chunks. That stuff is in the comic, which focuses on three animals, a dog, a cat and a rabbit, that have been fitted with cyborg parts and turned into intelligent weapons. They go on the run when their handler learns they're slated to be destroyed.

"In the script, we took all of that violence out. Frank Quitely only drew the violence because his kids were goading him on," Morrison said with a laugh. "Unfortunately, it kind of scares people off, because they don’t think it could be a family film."

Morrison says his script improves on the comic. He also says that producer Don Murphy is actively working on the project and communicating on a regular basis.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

Cartoon Network Unveils Comic-Based YOUNG JUSTICE and MAD Toons

Cartoon Network unveiled a substantial new line-up of content yesterday at its annual Advertising Upfront presentation at New York’s Time Warner Center. Among them were two new animated series with comic book roots.

The one that surprised us is 'MAD'.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and using the iconic MAD magazine, published by DC Comics, as inspiration, MAD is an animated sketch-comedy series utilizing a chaotic mix of animation styles and twisted humor to pull back the curtain and expose the truth behind movies, TV shows, games, pop culture and, of course, curtains! Classic MAD magazine characters and features such as Alfred E. Neuman and Spy vs. Spy pop up, and no subject matter or individual will be safe from MAD’s barrage of parodies and sketches. In the end, viewers won’t get even, they’ll just get MAD! Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Kevin Shinick (Robot Chicken) and Mark Marek (KaBlam! The Andy Milonakis Show) are the producers.

Of course, Mad Magazine was also the basis for the long-running 'MADtv', the live-action sketch comedy show which served as Fox's answer to Saturday Night Live.

More anticipated by readers of C2F is the new 'Young Justice' animated series, which focuses on a DC Universe teen super group, but plays it straight (rather than the kid-oriented 'Teen Titans').

Young Justice: In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over—to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what the members of Young Justice—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis—will found out, whether they have what it takes to be a proven hero. This all-new series is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based upon characters from DC Comics. Sam Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is the executive producer. Brandon Vietti (Batman: Under the Red Hood, Superman Doomsday, The Batman) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H.) are the producers.

Click on the thumbnail to see the cool new designs for 'Young Justice'.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

 

 

First Look: FIREBREATHER

A few years back, Cartoon Network announced plans to develop a handful of comics into animated movies. Among them was a C2F favorite: 'Firebreather' by Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn.

At yesterday's upfront presentation, Cartoon Network revealed that the 'Firebreather' movie is set to air this year. The CGI movie is directed by 'Aeon Flux' creator Peter Chung. Here's the net's official description:

Cartoon Network’s first original all-CG animation adventure presents Duncan Rosenblatt, a rather typical, awkward high school kid, except that his dad is a fire-breathing monster who tells Duncan that he is destined to protect the earth. Firebreather is created and co-executive-produced by Phil Hester (The Wretch), co-executive-produced by Andy Kuhn (Freedom Ring) and executive-produced by Julia Pistor (Lemony Snicket). Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Force) joins as writer with Peter Chung (Aeon Flux) directing.

They also provided two images from the film.

Duncan Rosenblatt encounters the Gomorrodon during Biology class in FIREBREATHER

Half-dragon teen Duncan Rosenblatt is introduced to his new school.

In all honesty, we're a little disappointed with the selected stills. We need some shots of Duncan in full on battle mode, with wings and fire and everything. Come on, Cartoon Network! We've been waiting two years! Throw us a bone!

 

 

 


IRON MAN + Bridget Jones - Hugh Grant * AC/DC = Hilarity

Here's another one of Reubenpac's Iron Man movie remixes for your Thursday funnies...

Thanks to xenomorph for the submission.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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shac2846 4/22/2010 8:48:24 AM

So glad Firebreather is finally seeing the light of day. It was a good comic and I'm sure it will do really well considering the talent behind it. Peter Chung did a good job with Aeon Flux, hopefully he can adapt that stuff to a different type of genre.

Young Justice, can't wait! Anything with Greg Wiesman is gold. I have been watching the old gargoyles on netflix and spectacular spider-man and they are both awsome toons under his guidance. Ain't nothin' but good news for this new Justice toon.

We3 was a good comic. Even if they took out the violence, it's a good story with a heart, hopefully it will find a home.

nightwingDG 4/22/2010 8:57:16 AM

Young Justice - Looks pretty cool can't wait to check it out, but how do they not have Wonder Girl in it? With this toon and the Avengers toon and new Spiderman, things could be really good on the cartoon front.

Wiseguy 4/22/2010 9:32:21 AM

Glad to see The Losers are getting at least some positive reviews. Will try to catch it this weekend if not then Monday.

Young Justice looks like it may be cool.

Firebreather? Never heard of this

 

Calibur454 4/22/2010 9:39:12 AM

nothing of real interest to me here- i am kinda surprised about the Mad Cartoon series.

If they just try to dumb it down for kids it might not work. However if it appears on their adult swim block it could get a large cult following I'll wait for a trailer before commenting further

optimuslivs4evr 4/22/2010 10:09:38 AM

You should definitely check out the Firebreather comics.  My gripe about the cartoon is the total redesign of Duncan the Main character.  In the comics he was orange with scales.  This version seems to have eliminated some serious story points.  His appearance was a major issue in the school he went to.

jfdavis 4/22/2010 10:19:36 AM

I agree. Weisman on board Young Justice is exactly what the show needs. My question is what happened to Arrowette? Did I just imagine the image shown here awhile back? Guest-star I guess unless Artemis is the same character...

The Losers does look good. I guess it'll be The A-Team mixed with Kick-Ass. Certainly worth a matinee price. 

lister 4/22/2010 11:51:26 AM

So it sounds like We3 got neutered, pun intended.

gauleyboy420 4/22/2010 12:10:57 PM

At least with Young Justice we'll have something to fill the empty void the loss of Spectacular Spider-Man left...

Not interested in the Losers, it's a cool comic (read #1 for free download at DC website) But I don't usually go see run-of-the-mill-action movies, and this looks like a run-of-the-mill-action flick. Hope it does well though, I like it when Comic creators make $$$... keeps them writing and drawing more cool stuff.

A-TEAM, I'm very interested in because it's an Over the Top Action Flick. And the nostalgia will get me into the theaters for that one.

 

Gemma Arterton- HOT!

Ozymandas 4/22/2010 12:15:27 PM

MAD Toons: this could be awesome. As long as they run with the classic stuff & crib the classic styles (Sergio Aragones, Dave Berg, Don Martin, Prohias & Jack Davis) & mind the material, it's gold. They put some animated snippets in some older episodes of the MAD TV show that were pretty cool & I always looked forward to.

Young Justice: if they are departing from the Teen Titans/The Batman/Brave and the Bold animated styles and going with something closer to the JL & JLU look, this can be good. With all these characters with strong ties to popular JLU members that haven't been introduced on TV before (except Robin), they've got a lot of ground to cover. I hope they keep ties to the established JLU Universe.

We3: great book that I'd strongly recommend to anybody, but I don't think it merits a film. Leave the violence in there, either live or animated, and I'm sure we'd love to see it, but I don't think it would sell to the average moviegoer. Take the blood out, and you've lost my interest.

almostunbiased 4/22/2010 1:04:17 PM

Sorry the iron man thing was not funny at all.

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