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.
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.