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Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006)

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Hellboy travels to Japan to fight an ancient demon.

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Mike Mignola (based on characters created by), Mike Mignola (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ron Perlman ... Hellboy (voice)
Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman (voice)
Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien (voice)
Peri Gilpin ... Professor Kate Corrigan (voice)
Dee Bradley Baker ... Lightning / Kappa / Pilot (voice)
Kim Mai Guest ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Hagiwara ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yuriana Kim Yuriana Kim ... Additional Voices (voice)
Clyde Kusatsu ... Additional Voices (voice)
Phil LaMarr ... Bureau Member / Pilot / Additional Voices (voice)
Liza Del Mundo ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Nakauchi ... Additional Voices (voice)
James Sie ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mitchell Whitfield ... Russell Thorne (voice)
Gwendoline Yeo ... Kitsune (voice)
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Storyline

A professor of folklore opens a forbidden scroll and becomes possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning, who seek to return and dominate our world. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense sends Hellboy and a team of agents to investigate, but when Hellboy picks up a samurai sword, he literally disappears into a weird wonderland of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters. Meanwhile, BPRD agents Kate Corrigan and Russell Thorne are on the trail of the possessed professor to bring Hellboy back. Written by IDT

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

David Hyde Pierce was offered the chance to reprise his role as the voice of Abe Sapien. But Pierce felt that Doug Jones' voice should have been used in Hellboy (2004) and he turned it down so that Jones would get the role. See more »

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The number of strings on the Koto of the Spiderwoman changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hellboy: Hey, kiddo. How you doing?
Liz Sherman: Great. For a walking napalm strike...
Abe Sapien: You saved our lives, Liz.
Liz Sherman: I practically torched you. Not to mention a couple of dozen miyans. Sorry about the burns...
Abe Sapien: Barely a sunburn.
Hellboy: Come on, they were mummies. And they were trying to kill you. Trust me, there's no upside to cutting the undead ANY slack.
Abe Sapien: You did what you had to do.
Liz Sherman: I lost control, is what I did. If you hadn't stopped me, I probably would have melted the place, and probably the two of you. I can handle the ...
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Pretty darn good, but missing something
29 October 2006 | by chrisbeaverSee all my reviews

I caught this on its Cartoon Network debut, after about two weeks of waiting eagerly for the day to come. After I'd witnessed the Sci-Fi Channel's absolutely brilliant "Amazing Screw-On Head", also a creation of Mike Mignola, maybe my hopes were too high that this would have the same edge and charm and wit. It didn't quite hit that peak. Considering the audience, I guess it couldn't have.

Another thing I wasn't prepared for was Abe Sapien being so completely different from his movie incarnation. Not worse, just different. Despite having most of the same voice actors, don't come into this movie expecting it to be a translation of the live film.

Artistically, it's pretty great stuff. I watch the DeviantArt gallery of one of the film's concept artists, and minus some tweaking on the designs to make them easier to animate they kept it pretty consistent to the art direction. The character designs of the supporting characters are pretty standard stuff, but the film also boasts some truly beautiful layouts and artwork with rich and well-used color. Animation's kinda choppy in places, but nothing too bad.

I kinda wish the script and voice acting really stepped up to plate; despite its efforts there was only one line in the whole film I really laughed at. Still, it was a good way to spend two hours. I'd watch it again.


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