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Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

PG-13  |  Video  |   |  Comedy  |  27 January 2004 (USA)
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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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At the convention, Leo (Billy West) stands next to a cardboard cutout of Fry from the show Futurama (1999). Billy West provides the voice of Fry on the show. See more »

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Jill Sprang: I can't believe we're spending our anniversary here.
Derek Sprang: San Diego's a great town, you know? You have the museums, you got zoos here, it's ~
Jill Sprang: How would you know? We haven't left this convention!
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A special thanks to all the people attending the Con for playing along with us. See more »

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A great movie for all the fan-boys and fan-girls!
31 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie follows the adventures of Don Swan (Mark Hamill) as he desperately tries to maintain the integrity of his favorite comic book character (Commander Courage) before a movie studio destroys the character's good image in favor of a more violent, aggressive one.

Commander Courage (a fictional character created by Hamill) was supposedly a patriotic superhero inspired by the bombing of Pearl Harbor to fight against the Axis. His powers were granted by an Indian shaman named the White Wolf. His nephew became his sidekick, Liberty Lad.

The movie studio has no interest in Swan's idealistic character. They want the updated, anti-terrorist vigilante portrayed in the current comic series (once again, fictional). This new character never reveals his face, nor does he even have a secret identity. Instead of his nephew, this new hero is accompanied by a sexy young woman with many weapons, Liberty Lass.

This movie is a David and Goliath struggle between Swan defending the history behind a great character, while the studio feels that the modern way is the only way to make a profit. I felt that this is a very relevant theme for all of the comic book fans who cringe when they watch as a movie adaptation of their favorite hero is not accurate at all. For example, I remember rumors in the late 1990s about a possible Superman movie in which Superman would be portrayed as a human with a strong desire for justice through vengeance. As a dedicated fan of DC Comics, I would be disappointed if a movie did not portray the Man of Steel as an alien who was adopted by Jonathan and Martha Kent, fights for justice as well as mercy, and (most importantly) never takes the life of another human being. That is what Swan's quest to keep Commander Courage authentic is all about; keeping the icon characters true to their roots is all that studios need to do. There is no need to change the original formula.

The movie is filmed similar to a documentary, with Swan and the other characters interacting with other fans at the Comic Con International, which is sure to bring smiles to any fan-boy or fan-girl who has attended a comic convention. The icing on the cake has to be the celebrity appearances by many legendary comic book creators.


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