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An extremely dark, brisk chapter in the Dark Knight's ever-popular screen sagas.
Definitely not for young kids, but it's smart pulp writing and well put together for a direct-to-DVD animation.
Drug dealers and brutal beatings in animated Batman movie.
More so than most of the DC Animated films, Red Hood aims for cinematic storytelling.
It's a really entertaining little gem from the DC universe that I'm glad I devoted time to...
With its colorful, exciting action and well-defined emotional underpinnings, Batman: Under the Red Hood is the best yet in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line. [Blu-ray]
ow I've personally been wanting to talk about this film for a while but the problem is I've been having trouble writing about it because I feel that it is an incredible film but I just feel there isn't as much to talk about that I can go into extreme detail about, but I'll try my best to justify its 2nd place spot. First off the animation in this film is probably some of DC animations best work (just watch the Amazo fight or the fight near the end of the film to see.) It has a somewhat darker look compared to the animation done in JL or in Batman Beyond and it looks very, very good at many points even making a few little nods to other Batman incarnations in the background at points. Also this is the first Batman DCAU film that has none of the original Batman Animated Series cast portraying any of the characters and it's all a fresh new cast portraying each character and they all do just as good as the BTAS cast. Matthew Greenberg is just fantastic as Batman and I actually thought at first it was Kevin Conroy doing the character again but noticed a little difference in his voice after a while but I could hardly notice at first. John DiMaggio is just incredible as the Joker and I'd say he's just as good as Mark Hamills version of the Joker (yes I said in my VC he was close but not as good but the more I think about it the better he got.) He's psychotic and takes nods from Hamills Joker but also the dark edge that Ledger had at the same time and is just amazing. Jensen Ackles portrays the Red Hood and Neil Patrick Harris portrays Nightwing and they both do fantastic jobs. Ackles has this mysterious badass but familiar kind of sound to his voice which actually helps with the twist halfway through the film, and Harris is just as good as he is in anything he is in (yes I even liked him in Smurfs,) while not getting a lot of screentime as Nightwing he still does a great job. Also the plot is much more dark than some of the other Batman animated films prior to this one, especially with the help of this dark Joker and with the Black Mask sidestory, and the movie seems much more gun happy than the other films really did prior, which I like to see in a Batman film because it does stay true to the darker Batman comics and Graphic Novels (The films starts with Robin being tortured by the Joker with a crowbar.) Also the twist halfway through the film is very, very good but I don't dare want to ruin it for you, but it is kind of obvious if you think about it through enough. But other than that the film is very good and I highly recommend it to any fan of animation, Batman, or DC in general. Plus there's a great short of Jonah Hex on the DVD that manages to better than the whole Jonah Hex film (talking to the dead my ass.)
Dark, emotional, and way too short, Batman: Under the Red Hood stands as strong a film as most of the live action versions of the Dark Knight. Focusing on the Red Hood / Jason Todd storyline, Under the Red Hood is a thrill ride with great voice talents (although I miss Mark Hamill as the Joker) and solid animation.
A damn fine animation. To call this a cartoon would be to undercut the pain and emotion it makes you fell. Hands down the best animated Batman film and third best Batman movie (maybe 2nd?).
The most overrated superhero-animated-film of our time revered by people with low expectations.
My biggest concern was the ridiculously poor lighting direction. What Timm's style succeeded in the original Batman:TAS was it's bold use of black shadows to create atmosphere and emotional tone reminiscent of the inking methods used in Batverse comics today.
Sure the stylization/detail is an improvement but the lighting just never does justice to the darker tones of this film that it deserves. Which makes little sense, considering even a bunch of random Japanese studios who worked on Batman Gotham Knight seemed to get it right.
Then there's the unrefined dialogue! Watching Bruce explain what an AMAZO is to a street thug was absolutely silly, then there's Jason's poor attempt at one-liners; "good night for a jog", who laughs at that? Why would he say that? Dear writers, less is more or get better writers.
Finally the poor portrayal of Blackmask and arguably Nightwing. Why were they both reduced to Two dimensional idiots? One's a raging moron and one's a complete clown.
Oh yea voice acting, obviously I'm a Conroy fan but Greenwood managed pretty well, so did the rest of the cast in their respective roles. Except for DiMaggio's Joker. It's not half as good as Hamill's with his trademark laugh and pitch changes or Ledgers with his creepy quirks and use of growls. Just an incredibly bland, forgetful performance.
Batman: UTRH succeeds in the sense where DC is finally showing that's it's not afraid to recreate dark/sophisticated storylines that it's comics have been exploring for decades, echoes of the original Batman:TAS. Unfortunately it just falls short in every other aspect.
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