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Comic Book: The Movie (2004)

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:
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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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Derek Sprang: [whisper] I'll buy you more toys, buddy. I'll buy you more toys. You gotta work with me here.
Jill Sprang: Mac, if you're too tired, just say. Are you too tired?
Derek Sprang: He's not tired. He's wired!
Jill Sprang: Did Daddy promise you some toys or something?
Derek Sprang: Don't put ideas in his head, honey.
Mac Sprang: Yes.
Jill Sprang: What? What did he say to you?
Mac Sprang: He said, if you work with me... if you work with me, I will give you some more toys.
Derek Sprang: [coughs violently]
Jill Sprang: It's like an hour past his bedtime. Bribing him with toys? I think he should go to sleep.
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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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References Super Friends (1973) See more »

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Written by John McKinney
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Charming.
27 January 2004 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see an advance screening of Mark Hamill's 'Comic Book: The Movie.' The low budget mockumentary is good natured and features some nice performances (highlighted by Hamill's portrayal of the comic-fan made documentarian that the story revolves around.)

There are many cameos by comic celebs like Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell and Kevin Smith. It also provides a window into the strange annual event known as Comiccon where thousands gather to celebrate fandom. The core story invokes the frustration of fans who suffer when classic properties are bastardized by Hollywood and in this story the fans strike back.

The movie is a bit long and loses its way for a while about an hour in but overall it entertaining and charming. The film is a celebration of comic books and the people who love them. It lacks the razor wit that Christopher Guest's films possess (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show) but this one is more authentic and seems to be a labor of love.

This is a nice little film and I recommend it.


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