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  • Title: Wonder Woman
  • Director: Lauren Montgomery
  • Producer: Bruce Timm
  • Actors: Keri Russell, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion, Virginia Madsen, Alfred Molina
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • DVD MSRP: $19.98
  • Blu-Ray MSRP: $34.99
  • Release Date: March 6, 2009
  • Series: Wonder Woman Animated

WONDER WOMAN

"It’s really that good"

By Edward Goodsmith     February 17, 2009


Wonder Woman Review
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Legendary animation hero Bruce Timm is at it again. This time Timm and crew are giving 'Wonder Woman' her first full-length movie. Those are some tough shoes to fill, does it live up to the hype or does it fall flat? I caught a screening of the new animated feature at New York City Comic-Con.

The film presents  Wonder Woman’s origin story, from birth until full incarnation as the Wonder of a Woman we now know. The result is a very cohesive and highly entertaining story. All the loose ends that are created in the beginning are tied up at the end, don’t look for any cliffhangers, they’re not there. This film is also genuinely funny, not in a campy, laugh-at-it-not-with-it way, but in a burst out laughing way.

WONDER WOMAN DVD cover art

This is a rare find in PG films, something Pixar but few others specialized in. Mike Jelenic does it, and does it with style. He instantly became one of my favorite writers. Serious Wonder Woman fans shouldn’t fret though. The humor doesn’t dilute her origin story in the least.

Keri Russell stars as the Amazon heroine. Her voice acting played much more contemporary then the other Amazons, making her stand out from the crowd. This might not have been intentional, but it certainly works well. Every other voice actor in the film fits his or her role. As one would expect. The Amazons are majestic and strong sounding. The villains and other gods speak in booming, authoritative voices.

Extra care was given to the animation in this movie, which is refreshing in a market so filled with sub-par animation. Timm and crew really put in the extra effort with this one. Even in a scene with thousands of characters and fast paced action there was still a high level of detail. The audio also seemed quite clean, but because of NYCC’s audio system it was ear-bleedingly loud. I’d be interested to see how it sounds on my home entertainment system.

Bottom line, if you’re a fan of Wonder Woman pick this up! If you aren’t a fan of Wonder Woman, then you should still pick this up! It’s really that good.

'Wonder Woman' arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 3rd.

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Wiseguy 2/17/2009 2:48:19 PM

Glad to hear it's that good. I was going to get it even if you said "don't" but it's good to hear otherwise. Hopefully it'll do well enough to convince WB/DC to get the ball rolling on a live action version. I'm sure Wheddon would still jump back in.

mbeckham1 2/18/2009 8:53:15 AM

Wionder Woman or not I'm a fan of Bruce Timm so I'll definitely be picking this up.  Especially since it's Bruce Timm and DC.

Eleven11 2/18/2009 11:55:15 AM

 Good review or not, I would have watched it as well!  I'm even more excited that it did get a great review.  Wonder Woman definitely deserves more attention that she's gotten in the past so this is awesome.  I hope this movie is wildly popular which should indicate a big interest in a live-action feature film!  It's a crime that nothing has been done with WW with the popularity in superhero / comic book adaptations in movies over the past several years.  

gauleyboy420 2/20/2009 9:51:15 AM

Just saw it last night, and...

 

THIS MOVIE WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

Loved it, very easily the 2nd best of DC's Direct DVD movies. A close second to New Frontier. Tottally different though.

The animation is supberp. The voice acting is wonderful! AND (this confirms I'm a perv) WONDER WOMAN IS HHHHHOOOOOOTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!

Several gratuitus cleavage and butt scenes. SO good, definitely worth the buy!!!!

 

Good strong B. Timm storytelling. I hope he does some more of these!

theREALsterma 2/23/2009 5:03:42 PM

Ok just watched the movie and on a scale of 1-5 i give it a decent 3.5.  Just a few comments without giving away the farm.  I am sick and tired of gratuitous RESCUES of strong female leads by the male, in the scene where Diana subdues Steve on the island...why were there more than two punches thrown?  (strong as hercules, trades punches with supes?)  and finally I understand it was a Wonder Woman movie but in a massive conflict like that there WOULD be other heroes at least in the background, take a lead from Marvel and at least throw a cameo in or something.  But other thank the nitpicking Excellent animation, excellent voice acting, better than average scripting.  A definite buy for the collector.

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