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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful:
One Brilliant Animated Production!, 26 February 2006
Author: peevedoff2 from United States
Where to begin? Ultimate Avengers is simply one brilliant rendition of Marvel's (and Earth's) Mightiest Heroes. I've read different reactions and I've heard from both sides of this debate. Some serious Ultimates fans wanted this movie to be an exact reenactment of the comic book. Marvel instead made a conscious decision to infuse the old school Avengers in to the Ultimates mix. It was a masterful decision. The combination works very well. Gone are the overblown and, quite frankly, juvenile elements of the Ultimates. Having a horny Hulk or an outrageously abusive Henry Pym may work to capture the teenage comic crowd (which is exactly why the Ultimate Universe was created) but it doesn't play with main stream audiences. The title Ultimate Avengers fits because it's just that, a perfect meshing together of two separate universe of characters. The edge that made the Ultimates popular is still present but the characters that made the Ultimates possible in the first place still shine through. Captain America is perfect. You can really see why Marvel is lining up to give him his own live action movie. It'll be great, maybe even better then this masterful animated treat.
48 out of 63 people found the following review useful:
One extremely satisfying thrill ride!, 21 February 2006
Author: youyou from United States
The action is spectacular and the storyline keeps you riveted from
start to finish. This movie grabs with its cinematic lead in and
flashback to World War Two. (Complete with throwback radio broadcast)
From there, it's one big roller coaster ride to the pulse pounding
finish. The battle sequences are some of the best ever animated. I
think the PG-13 rating really helps. Soldiers die and heroes bleed,
that completely draws the viewer in to the feature. I think movie fans
of all ages will be stunned at how many levels this movie delivers
upon. This is a smart and surprisingly interesting film that really
delivers. Calling this movie a cartoon doesn't really seem right or do
Like my title says, one extremely satisfying thrill ride!
40 out of 52 people found the following review useful:
Fans and non-fans alike will find something to love with this movie., 22 February 2006
Author: scotts863 from Mellowtown
Excellent movie here. For newbies, Ultimate Avengers is based off of
The Ultimates, arguably the best Ultimate Marvel book out right now.
This movie does a good job of adapting the comic to movie form. The
transition isn't perfect, but it's still an outstanding film.
The movie has taken liberties with the comic story in order to suit it into movie form. Most people, like myself, won't mind, but a few die-hard Ultimates readers might be irked. In the movie, many of the characters are influenced more by their 616 versions than their Ultimate counterparts. The greatest liberty was taken with Iron Man. In the Ultimates, he willingly joined the Ultimates and his identity is public knowledge. In Ultimate Avengers, he is much more like 616 Iron Man.
Story wise, this movie combines the first and second arcs of the comic and does so in the perfect manner.
As far as voice acting goes, it's top-notch. All the characters sound as they should, although I still would've liked Sam Jackson to have voiced Fury. The best voice by far is Black Widow. She sounds excellent and is probably the best voiced of all the characters.
Overall, this movie does a great job of blending two major comic arcs into one story. The story will throw off people that were expecting a perfect comic-to-film transition, but people with an open mind will enjoy and appreciate the changes. Animation wise, this movie is like a cross between anime, and cartoon. I can honestly say that the animation looks as close as Brian Hitch's work as you're gonna get, which is a very good thing.
Final Verdict: I'm just gonna say it, this is a very good animated movie. It does the comic justice without straying too far from the source material. Fans and non-fans alike will find something to love with this movie. The animation is spot on, and readers of the comic will find many scenes to be almost ripped from the comic. All the characters are likable, and the voice acting is excellent. Unfortunately, fans of the comic will be unhappy with the more 616 than Ultimate aspects of the film. Nevertheless, it's a solid film and a very good sign of things to come by Marvel.
49 out of 73 people found the following review useful:
Ultimate Avengers = Near Perfection ... GREAT Animated Film, 25 February 2006
Author: shacklefort from United States
I like the fact that jealous DC fans are trying their frustrated best
to find flaws and bash this instant classic. It's a sure fire sign that
Marvel did their job and gave us one quality animated feature.
I do agree that the movie wasn't as "complex" as the Ultimates in that it did not have the heroes intermingled with politics like the comics did. That's a good thing, however. Infusing politics is going to divide your audience because not all of them are going to agree. Quite frankly, I get tired of movies that preach politics to me and would prefer sometimes to be transported into another world that doesn't lecture to me. Most moviegoers seem to agree, as the highest grossing movies of 2005 were STAR WARS, NARNIA, HARRY POTTER, FANTASTIC FOUR, etc. All fantasy films.
Some fools are trying to complain about this masterful animation? What are they talking about? Did they want a CGI movie on par with FINAL FANTASY from a few years ago? That's very unrealistic and that movie bombed bigtime. Personally, I thought the animation was excellent. I loved the way Cap's shield seem to glimmer in almost every scene. The battle sequences were phenomenal. I watched the movie with those "factoid" bubbles activated and they mentioned some interesting items about the complexity of the animation. The characters looked great. Iron Man looked ten times better then he does in the Ultimates book. Attempted bashers of this film should move on to another item. The animation is anything but a weakness.
I thought Ultimate Avengers was near perfect and really couldn't have expected more. Keeping the "Ultimate" BS to a minimum was a SEVERE improvement in my opinion.
A very good effort all around here and I hope they don't change one thing for Avengers 2.
25 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Excellent Movie with Superb Production Value (Highly Recommended!), 4 March 2006
Author: Paul (zefman2) from Midwest USA
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
The movie Ultimate Avengers is a very impressive first effort from
Marvel animation. Captain America is frozen in the 1940's and
rediscovered in the present day. Nick Fury goes about putting together
a team of "earth's mightiest heroes" to halt a vile global threat,
including the incredible Iron Man, Giant-Man, the Wasp, and the Black
Widow. Bruce "The Hulk" Banner is also working as a scientist,
attempting to recreate the super soldier program that created Captain
The animation is spectacular. Computer animation is used perfectly to enhance the realism of the scenes. This feature carries weight on its own, soldiers actually visibly die on screen and heroes actually bleed in this universe.
As good as the action is, the dialogue holds its owns and characters are developed perfectly to add more weight to the story. The threat feels real. In the end, the threat is eliminated but to the treat of the viewer, that's just when the real fun begins! I most certainly recommend this amazing movie. Nothing you'll see on Saturday morning (or night for that matter) can compare to this epic tale.
43 out of 67 people found the following review useful:
Best Animated Superhero Movie of All-Time!, 21 February 2006
Author: ohbaby150 from tigertown
This beats every single animated superhero movie or production that I have ever seen. The overall animation itself isn't overwhelming but the story and the action are unbelievable. I've never read the comic book this is based upon. I know of Marvel's Ultimate Universe but the whole concept never appealed to me. I didn't think, and I still don't, that there's anything wrong with the regular Marvel Universe. Still, after seeing this epic movie event, I think I'm going to run out and read any Ultimates books I can find. I still won't read Ultimate X-Men or Ultimate Spider-Man but one is a start. Back to this feature, the story leaves you wanting more and according to the bonus features, Avengers II is coming later this summer. GREAT NEWS! The other bonus features were wonderful as well. A+++
38 out of 58 people found the following review useful:
OUTSTANDING ... The Best Ever !?!, 2 March 2006
Author: goblue97nc from United States
I just read a review that declares Ultimate Avengers the "Best Animated
Superhero Movie of All-Time!" I'll go one better. It's the best
animated action movie of all-time, beating big boys like Titan AE,
Transformers and The Iron Giant. Most sane people agree that it
certainly beats any single episode of Justice League, X-Men Evolution,
Batman or Spider-Man. Some want to compare it to these TV series and
their entire run but that's apples and oranges. If Ultimate Avengers
spins off in to a series, then there can be discussion.
As it stands now, Marvel's first animation effort set the bar quite high, not only for its future endeavors but for other companies and other studios. Ultimate Avengers proves that animated features don't have to talk down to a presumably child audience. You can set up characters and develop a story just like a live action film. The bonus being that once it's time for action, animation offers no limits. Ultimate Avengers proved this in spades. The alien battle and Hulk brawl were intense and spectacular. Setting them up, though, was what elevates this film past the other movies mentioned above. Marvel's live action movie experience bringing the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men and even Daredevil to the screen must have given them the edge. They've brought a remarkable animated world to life with Ultimate Avengers.
24 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
A Great First Effort, 21 February 2006
Author: dmb1970 from United States
As a fan of comics and of the Avengers I would say that this was a great first effort. The folks at Marvel ensured that the story and the characters stayed true and the Lions Gate people did an excellent job with the production. Although the runtime was short, all 71 minutes was very entertaining. A nice job of team introduction. The animation was "good" but I would like to see it improve some in future efforts. The extras were scarce, but they were interesting to watch. There is a nice preview of the upcoming Ultimate Avengers 2 as well as a DVD-ROM extra. Overall, I would give this effort an 8 out of 10. I see continued success with this co-venture. Nuff Said!
10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
A good start for Marvel, 6 March 2006
Author: Thomas Plante (TJ1380@gmail.com) from United States
Overall, I have to say that "Ultimate Avengers" represents a good start
in Marvel's planned series of films. While the animation isn't the best
I've seen, the art and animation style does allow for some genuinely
exciting action scenes, particularly in the climactic battle at the end
of the film. The only problem is that much of the art comes off as flat
and uninteresting during the quieter exposition scenes. "The Ultimates"
is a comic book that was praised for it's incredibly detailed artwork,
and while there is no way for it to be recreated on film without a
gigantic budget, it's still a shame that the movie didn't live up to
those expectations. Still, the artwork is far from horrible, and it did
grow on me as I watched the film.
Although I don't think the movie quite earns its PG-13 rating like a literal adaptation of "The Ultimates" would, it's still nice to see an animated movie that is aimed at an older audience. The story is smarter than your typical animated fare (although it isn't as interesting as the original comics themselves), and the main characters have more depth than one would expect from an animated film. This is particularly true about the characters of Captain America and Bruce Banner. Captain America has to come to terms with the fact that he has been frozen for the last sixty years and that everyone and everything he knew and believed in has drastically changed or has been lost forever. Meanwhile, Bruce Banner is portrayed here as an unstable man dangerously obsessed with ridding himself of the dangerous monster that he becomes when he gets too stressed (fans of the Hulk will love this movie). He is not a very likable character, and it somehow makes him and the Hulk much more frightening.
The only major complaint I have with this movie is its running time. At only 71 minutes, it's just too short. There are lots of interesting things happening in this movie in terms of character development, but there are many more that remain unexplored simply due to the film's length. Only Captain America and Bruce Banner really get the treatment that these characters deserve, and while the others are indeed interesting, we don't know all that much about them in the end. The running time also can be blamed for the somewhat rushed and anticlimactic ending (although the final fight scene is truly exciting). This is all very unfortunate, because all Marvel had to do was add about anther half-hour to make this movie truly memorable.
In the end, while it isn't perfect, "Ultimate Avengers" does represent a good start in Marvel's planned series of animated films. I'd love to see more of this stuff, especially if Marvel really pulls out all the stops and turns out some movies that really live up to the comics.
14 out of 24 people found the following review useful:
If you are an Ultimate Marvel fan, this film is a must see!, 22 February 2006
Author: Hazzer_99 from London, England
Being that I am only 18, I arrived after the era in which X-Men, The
Avengers and other Marvel classics made their debuts. I picked some up
here and there, but only when the Ultimate Marvel remakes arrived on
the scene a couple of years ago did I become a dedicated Marvel fan.
Most of the new Marvel products available these days are generally Ultimate Marvel associated, those including Games and even the live-action movies. But of course, when converting a graphic novel to the screen, nothing better captivates a character than merely a moving comic - that being a cartoon! I was ecstatic when I found only a few days ago that this film had been made without my knowledge, so I immediately got hold of it and watched it - and I was NOT disappointed! The film is basically the first Season (comprising of I believe 13 comics) of The Ultimates, which was the "Ultimate Marvel" version of Marvel's original Avengers comic. All the characters (bar, unfortunately, Hawkeye for unknown reasons) appear in this comic, and not only do they bear as close a resemblance as a cartoon-film can to carefully drawn captions of a graphic novel, but the also wear the costumes found in the Ultimates comics. Too often do you find details missing in film adaptations, but despite the changes that were made to compress 13 comics into an hour and ten minutes of film time, I noticed nothing significant to annoy me.
So, as I said earlier, if you are one of the Ultimate Marvel fans, you have nothing to lose from watching this - if you find it too different from the original, then who cares? There are so many different versions of all the Marvel comics around these days, what's one more to the total on the off-chance some don't like it? I give it eight out of ten merely because the animation was good, but just not the best there are some better quality cartoons out there, but there always will be. It is certainly better quality than the Saturday morning cartoons that we have all come to love, and if we can watch them, we sure can watch this! So, I hope my opinions have helped you. Now go watch and enjoy!
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