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?
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.