Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood (2009)
Named after the comic book that appeared in the original Watchmen graphic novel as a story-within-a-story, this animated companion piece to director Zack Snyder's feature film version of Watchmen finds an inner-city youth reading a story entitled "Marooned" from the eponymous comic book. In "Marooned," a young mariner cast adrift at sea attempts to return to his hometown in order to warn the locals of the approaching Black Freighter. In order to accomplish this formidable task, the desperate seaman must shed his inhibitions, using the bodies of his dead shipmates as a raft, and killing anyone unfortunate enough to get in his way. Arriving back in town under the assumption that the crew of the Black Freighter has already taken over, the mariner mistakenly attacks his own wife in the darkness of the couple's home. Realizing his tragic mistake, he ventures back to the shore to see the Black Freighter approaching, and swims out toward the ship to confront the crew. … More
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Critic Reviews for Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood
I really loved the Watchmen film, and this DVD (as well as the Complete Motion Comic DVD) make for a really wonderful way to experience this extraordinary world.
It provides another angle on the Watchmen universe we might not otherwise get.
Audience Reviews for Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood
Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood represent the two sub-plots left out of Zack Snyder's 2009 version of Alan Moore's classic Watchen. I thought Snyder did a great job of filming the un-filmable. There is no way he could have left Tales of the Black Freighter in the main story, it just wouldn't have worked. So I'm glad they made a separate animated version. Could you imagine a real life feature length version though? It would be the darkest film ever made if done properly. I liked Under the Hood too, much of it has been touched upon in the new Watchmen comics but a TV series would be awesome. Moore isn't interested though, so I'm a bit torn. Anyway, two great companion pieces but you really should read the book!More
I'm really glad that Tales from the Black Freighter was put into a medium that made me enjoy it. While it was my least favorite part of the comic, this is really a great cautionary tale/horror story. The animation is beautiful looking and matches the style perfectly. Gerard Butler's outrageous Scottish accent is perfect for something like an animated movie about a deranged Scottish sailor; who'd of thought? I also thought the retro "Under the Hood" tv special was really well done, especially for a glorified special feature. It really helps you get that sense of a believable world.More
It wasn't bad. I enjoyed each of the separate parts but it just left me feeling somewhat...unsatisfied. The film and original graphic novel were of such high-quality, this often felt weaker by comparison. However, it is essential if you want to fully get the experience - the Tales of the Black Freighter were well done, and the Under the Hood was very funny at times.More
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