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Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy | Video 27 January 2004
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The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.

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Donald Swan
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Liberty Lass / Papaya Smith
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Leo Matuzik
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
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Taylor Donohue
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Ricky
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Anita Levine
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Commander Courage / Bruce Easly
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Derek Sprang
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Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
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Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
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Ms. Q (studio secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange
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J.T.
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Debby Newman
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A host of real-life celebrities - including Hugh Hefner, Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith - journey into the world of comic book fandom! Documentary filmmaker Donald Swan heads to the world's largest comic book convention where he encounters a culture of craziness that he's totally unprepared for! Written by Comic Book : The Movie

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Hollywood invaded the Comic Book World... Now the real Comic Book Heros are striking back!

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »
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Jess Harnell makes repeated references to the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. His father is Joe Harnell, who wrote the theme music for the 1970's hit TV show The Incredible Hulk. See more »

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Hugh M. Hefner: Because you grew up with this...
[gestures with Commander book]
Hugh M. Hefner: ...you have problems with this.
[gestures with Codename book]
Donald Swan: Well, if it were a separate thing, I don't care. But that it's based on this bothers me because I don't think these guys... this doesn't bother me.
Hugh M. Hefner: It doesn't? Schoolteacher and his nephew. That doesn't bother you at all?
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"Commander Courage", "Codename: Courage", "Liberty Lad", "Liberty Lass" and all fictional comic book and comic strip characters created by Mark Hamill. See more »

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References The Munsters (1964) See more »

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Superguy Blues
Written by Mark Teague
Performed by Mark Teague
Courtesy of Squeezebox Studios
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Money well spent!
1 February 2004 | by (Normal, IL) – See all my reviews

As a "lapsed" convention-going comic and s-f fan, I was interested in seeing how fans were portrayed in this film when I picked up the DVD. It turns out that they are portrayed very well, with as much dignity as they bring with them (and keep) at any convention. "Comic Book: The Movie" is a cross between a scripted mockumentary and an actors' workshop, where the players are given their characters and a goal to achieve, then turned loose in an environment to play out their roles. In this case the setting is the 2003 San Diego ComiCon. The general plot is that a Hollywood production company is making a film based on an updated version of the Golden Age comic book hero Commander Courage, and are planning to announce the film at the ComiCon. They've hired schoolteacher/comic expert Don Swan (Hamill) as a "technical consultant," meaning that they need him to lend credibility in the fan world to their travesty of an updated character. Swan immediately begins a campaign to convince the producers to retain as much of the original concept as possible. The true gift of this film is the use of some of the top voice-over talent in the business as principle players, and they more than do justice to their roles. Hamill's direction pulls together this untapped talent with actual fans and celebrity convention attendees to give credibility to the existence of Commander Courage in a series of celebrity "interviews" similar to those in "Zoolander." The only point for me in which the belief system of the film was broken was in the use of well-known actors (Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, and Hamill himself) to portray characters other than themselves. Hamill seems unaware of his popularity and "recognition factor," though his portrayal of the increasingly frustrated Don Swan helps to restore some of the magic. The movie is good, make no mistake. But for this old cartoon aficionado the DVD bonus material--particularly the long panel session featuring the voice actors--alone made the DVD well worth the price.


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