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Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms Reviews

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Luke B

Super Reviewer

August 1, 2008
Hellboy goes all animated. The character designs are nice, as is the fact that the live action stars return to do the voices. It adds a level of consistency with the film, as does the use of the main theme. However the film does not feel obligated to follow in its big budget brother's shoes. The story is also quite interesting, though it is Abe and Liz's side story that really takes over. Hellboy searching through a Japanese past often feels episodic and sometimes like a computer game as he must take on different "bosses". Overall though it's fun and fresh but mostly for Hellboy fans.

Super Reviewer

July 20, 2008
It is one thing to see Hellboy in live action, but it is also another to see Hellboy animated. The animations may not look as extravagant as live action, but that shouldn't chase you away from this. Trust me when I say that this is a good watch.This animation has a great sci-fi story going for it and it fits into the Hellboy universe nicely. At only 75 minutes, this film is also able to provide all the major characters, Hellboy, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, and Kate Corrigan, with a decent amount of airtime. For the majority of this animation, Hellboy finds himself in another dimension in Japan. This world houses a variety of different monsters, ghosts, etc. Hellboy has to do battle with a good number of them as well. In case you are wondering, he does have his gun. After viewing this, it is easy to see Guillermo Del Toro turning this into a live action masterpiece.Visually, this is no Japanese anime, but it isn't no cheap Family Guy crap either. The characters have the look and feel of their comic counterparts.The voice work is fantastic. This is because the actors that pull off the great live action characters take the time to voice this animation. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones are no strangers to the Hellboy world and they are able to bring their agents to life. Peri Gilpin shows up as BPRD agent Kate Corrigan who is another big character in the stories.People may expect to see some lame American cartoon, but this will be a satisfying watch for Hellboy fans.
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2007
Hellboy: You're not a normal fox.
Fox: And you are not a normal man.
Hellboy: Really? What gave me away? Any idea why I'm here?
Fox: Do I look like a philosopher?
Hellboy: Nice.
Fox: You carry the sword of storms, and it has tasted the blood of demons. That is all you need to know. For now.
Hellboy: Sure, 'cause that's just so much to absorb all at once.
Fox: [leaving] Don't cut yourself.

An animated film based on the comic series Hellboy. This is much closer to the actual comic than the 2004 film was and is separate from that film. However it is still produced by both its creator Mike Mignola and the film director Guillermo del Toro.

The story surrounds a mission Hellboy and his team, Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman are on, surrounding a mysterious sword in Japan and the monsters that go with it. Early on Hellboy picks up the sword and literally disappears. So while he fights his way back, Abe and Liz also encounter problems of their own.

Hellboy: Oh, crap.

It helps that all the voices are from the same actors from the film, particularly Ron Perlman, who has literally been born to be Hellboy. He has the right amount of charm and smart ass sense to make it work.

The animation is pretty good. It sets a decent tone and has a good look to associate it with the comic. The music, particularly the Hellboy theme, also work to make this enjoyable.

There are some problems involving how to keep this story interesting, but Hellboy's presence really holds everything together.

Hellboy: [sarcastic] Gosh, Kate, I feel just awful dragging you away from rotting manuscripts and ancient texts. I mean, you used to research trolls!
Professor Kate Corrigan: It's okay. Now I get to work with one.

Super Reviewer

October 3, 2007
[font=Century Gothic]In "Hellboy: Sword of Storms," a professor is possessed by a demon in Japan but fails to steal the vaunted Sword of Storms. When Hellboy investigates on behalf of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Development, he is whisked along with the sword to a twilight realm full of demons and other nasties.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Hellboy: Sword of Storms" is a fun, well-paced animated movie that picks up where the live action "Hellboy" left off. However, some of the animation is subpar but this will tide me over until the sequel to the original film comes out.[/font]

Super Reviewer

January 5, 2011
Fairly quirky, sometimes amusing and occasionally hard edged as western animation goes, this is ultimately an unsatisfying and very forgettable experience.
Marcus W

Super Reviewer

August 30, 2008
Deep down I believe Del Toro will finish his trilogy. Until then, these animated jobs are perfectly passable. In this one Hellboy goes to Japan, fights some Japanese demons, introduces children to Japanese mythology and says "Aw crap" 12,491 times.
March 11, 2009
Interesting how they kept the same actors, but changed the relationships to fit the comic more... Actually quite well done!
May 10, 2008
pretty cool animated feature. I was surprised at how well written the story was and how much it was like the comic book.
May 13, 2008
Not a bad continuation of the movie. It has a lot of the same action and humor that made the movie so much fun.
April 24, 2008
An enjoyable foray into the world of Hellboy that should tide you over for a while until Hellboy 2: The Golden Army comes out.
December 20, 2007
A good animated follow up to the live action HELLBOY movie.....I wasn't expecting much out of this, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This captures the feel of the movie quite well, with some GREAT moments of its own along the way.
April 6, 2007
surprisingly done well and while not perfect its a step in the right direction away from the heavy-handed live-action film. they even roll in a classic hellboy story into it! well done and worth a viewing.
July 8, 2007
Such an amazing piece of animation. These Hellboy movies are turning out really well. It's no "Amazing Screw on Head" but it's still fucking rad.
June 16, 2007
This is definitely for the fans of Mike Mignola. Sword of Storms is an amalgam of stories from the Hellboy trade paperbacks. It weaves them all into a Japanese themed story about an enchanted sword, lost love, and two demon brothers. The actors from the live action movie reprise their roles and that really adds to the flavor. If you liked the comics, you will definitely enjoy this movie.
June 12, 2007
Better than the live action flick, actually. Hellboy goes up against a lot of Japanese monsters and demons! Definitely a step in the right direction for straight-to-DVD animated movies, without being dumbed down for kids.
May 20, 2007
the cartoon was not as i thought it wood be it was more lovey dovey and had not that much action in it but it slowly won my soul
May 13, 2007
A great story with a solid script and eclectic animation makes this a cut above standard hand-drawn animated movies.
May 12, 2007
I like the live-action better, but the story was good. If it hadn't been made TV friendly it would've ben even better.
April 6, 2007
A better-than-expected animated movie helped by having the excellent original voices from the original.
March 8, 2007
One of the better recent animated movies to come along (certainly better than Marvel's Invincible Iron Man), the fast paced action and loveable characters are only surpassed by the films tremendous sense of humor and great one-liners, delivered expertly by Ron Pearlman. Highly reccommended.
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