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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Swan
Liberty Lass / Papaya Smith
Leo Matuzik
Joseph Burns ...
Jack Whitney (as Joseph I. Burns)
Taylor Donohue
Anita Levine
Commander Courage / Bruce Easly
Derek Sprang
Mac (Comic Store Pal #1)
Kurt (Comic Store Pal #2)
Ms. Q (studio secretary)
Robert M. Lange ...
Robert Lange
Debby Newman


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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Don Swan (Mark Hamill) interviews Kevin Smith in the movie and asks him about Smith's fictional first draft of the 'Commander Courage' movie. Smith mentions the movie's producers constantly hounding him over adding a giant spider to the 'Courage' script for no reason, among other problems. The scene is directly referencing Smith's famous real-life hassles attempting to draft a 'Superman' script for Warner Bros. See more »


Woman at Party: You know, I didn't get your name, though.
Ice Tray: My name, yeah. Ice.
Woman at Party: Oh, you mean like Ice Cube or ~
Ice Tray: No, no, no. No, like Ice Tray. There's a whole lot of me, baby.
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Crazy Credits

A special thanks to all the people attending the Con for playing along with us. See more »


References Pearl Harbor (2001) See more »


Game Don't Get Old
Written by Anthony Ray
Performed by Sir Mix-a-lot
Courtesy of Where's My Publishing, Inc./Rhyme Cartel records
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the ultimate movie for Comic Book geeks
23 January 2004 | by (phoenix az) – See all my reviews

This film really captures the essence of what it's like to be in the convention\ comic book world. And not just San Diego, but all of the other cons around the country. The party scene was really great, I was laughing all the way through because the characters and discussions going on there were like so many of the after hours parties I've gone to over the years. Jim Cummings was fantastic- I can remember having discussions with 'that guy' at each of his phases, from pompous pontificating professor to barfing beat box.

But Mark and the rest of the creative team not only captured the spirit and essence of comic collectors and conventions, they also deliver a hilarious tale of the epic clash between the studios and the fans. There's so much more here than just a documentary about what comic book fans are like- there's a real story- and it's real good.

It was also highly enjoyable to see all the terrific voice actors step onto the screen. Jess Harnell was my favorite.

A big thank you to all the Creative team for taking the time and having the heart to do it right and see you all for Comic book: The Sequel!

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