MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,349 this week

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  Animation | Action | Adventure  -  28 October 2006 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 2,802 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 30 critic

Hellboy travels to Japan to fight an ancient demon.

Writers:

(characters), (story), 4 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 22 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 44 titles
created 14 Feb 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 31 May 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (TV Movie 2006)

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (TV Movie 2006) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1939, young Professor Bruttenholm destroyed Erzsebet Ondrushko, a female vampire who bathed in the blood of innocents to stay young. Now someone in upstate New York is trying to bring ... See full summary »

Directors: Victor Cook, Tad Stones
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, John Hurt
The Amazing Screw-On Head (TV Movie 2006)
Animation | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A Civil War-era secret agent with an extraordinary special power serves under president Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Chris Prynoski
Stars: Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce, Patton Oswalt
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones
Hellboy (2004)
Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair
Ultimate Avengers II (Video 2006)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When the Chitauri invaders are sighted in the African kingdom of Wakanda, the Avengers covertly enter the advanced nation to investigate.

Directors: Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee
Ultimate Avengers (Video 2006)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To confront an alien menace, General Fury assembles a team of superheroes lead by a recently resuscitated Captain America.

Directors: Curt Geda, Steven E. Gordon, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee
Hulk Vs. (Video 2009)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two stories featuring Marvel's anti-hero The Incredible Hulk and his encounters with the X-Man Wolverine and the god known as Thor.

Directors: Sam Liu, Frank Paur
Stars: Fred Tatasciore, Matthew Wolf, Graham McTavish
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a cocky industrialist's efforts to raise an ancient Chinese temple leads him to be seriously wounded and captured by enemy forces, he must use his ideas for a revolutionary power armor in order to fight back as a superhero.

Directors: Patrick Archibald, Jay Oliva, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Marc Worden, Gwendoline Yeo, Fred Tatasciore
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the 1950s, a new generation of superheroes must join forces with the community's active veterans and a hostile US government to fight a menace to Earth.

Director: Dave Bullock
Stars: David Boreanaz, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Patrick Harris
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The documentary is an all inclusive look into the making of Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Watch visionary director Guillermo del Toro in action as he and his crew begin to take on all ... See full summary »

Director: Javier Soto
Stars: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Mignola, Lloyd Levin
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Brooke Burgess
Stars: Michael Dobson, Keiffer Dobson, John Fitzgerald
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Hellboy (voice)
...
Liz Sherman (voice)
...
Abe Sapien (voice)
...
...
Lightning / Kappa / Pilot (voice)
Kim Mai Guest ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Hagiwara ...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Bureau Member / Pilot / Additional Voices (voice)
...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Russell Thorne (voice)
...
Kitsune (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A professor of folklore opens a forbidden scroll and becomes possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning, who seek to return and dominate our world. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense sends Hellboy and a team of agents to investigate, but when Hellboy picks up a samurai sword, he literally disappears into a weird wonderland of Japanese legends, ghosts and monsters. Meanwhile, BPRD agents Kate Corrigan and Russell Thorne are on the trail of the possessed professor to bring Hellboy back. Written by IDT

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Helboj - Olujni mač  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene were Hellboy is talking to the Daimyo's daughter, the statue in the background is making a 'rock on' hand sign. See more »

Goofs

After Hellboy defeats the Heads in the forest, the professor crushes the head figurine and it turns to ashes. When they cut back to the scene of the professor, he is shown knocking the heads off the scroll. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Hellboy: Oh, crap.
See more »

Connections

References Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mixed results: promising, but slightly frustrating
1 April 2007 | by (Belgrade) – See all my reviews

The latest incarnation of the Mike Mignola's once underground, now seemingly omnipresent and unstoppable, comic book masterpiece, 'Hellboy', now comes into the world of animation. The first of the several planned animated films, 'The Sword of Storms' takes Hellboy and drops him in a fantasy world of Japanese folklore.

The voice acting is excellent. Ron Perlman has now become the de facto voice of Hellboy, and if this ever becomes an animated series, his presence will be crucial for its success. More surprisingly, considering her usually rather flat and whiny voice, Selma Blair delivers a finely nuanced performance. The best of all however, is Doug Jones. Seemingly perennially cursed by his background as a mime, the man has been seen in several great films in recent years but never heard. He has a pleasant, deep-ish voice, which entirely suits Abe Sapien. David Hyde Pierce acquitted himself well in Hellboy but will not be missed in the sequel. Hopefully Mr Jones' fine performance here will encourage studio execs to leave him be as the voice of the Silver Surfer.

The character designs are deliberately different from Mignola's and in my opinion, that is a smart decision. Hellboy himself remains relatively faithful to the original concept, but shown in a more stylised form, reminiscent of Bruce Timm's drawings. For the most part, this works, apart from an occasional slip where Hellboy's face takes on an exaggerated facial expression, lapsing into caricature. Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and a few of the supporting characters are more radically redesigned and remind of the current pseudo-manga style of 'The Batman' or 'Jackie Chan Adventures'. Personally, I am not a great fan of this particular approach, but I acknowledge it is popular and in context, effective. Mike Mignola's original drawing style is not completely ignored and is most clearly evoked in the design of Hellboy's various skeletal and monstrous opponents. There are also some attempts to emulate the comic's use of shadows (most notably in the "Heads" sequence).

There are however, some problems. The animation itself is very hit and miss, and apart from the already mentioned weird facial expressions, there are occasional strange and unnatural movements from the characters. Some scenes feature noticeably poorer animation quality than the overall film. They appear jerky and cheap and look as though they were completed in a rush.

The plot itself is not overly engaging. Although a story about cursed ancient lovers shows promise, it is severely underdeveloped, in favour of some nonsense about Thunder Gods and Dragons. The majority of the actual film shows Hellboy wandering around Wonderland (or something), fighting assorted monsters. Some of these action sequences are great fun but it all gets repetitive so that the overall effect is episodic and only occasionally compelling (I'm going to mention "Heads" again here – that segment is excellent). The other half of the film deals with Abe and Liz, but they are not given much to do, and their action sequences are nowhere near as interesting as Hellboy's. There is some attempt to deal with Liz's distrust of her powers but it largely falls flat, especially compared to the comics and film. However, the fact that there is some characterisation at all, as well as the presence of some rather mature themes and some unflinching violence mark this as more than just a kids-only film. Hopefully, the creators are just hitting their stride, and some of the wrinkles will be ironed out by the next instalment.


10 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
VOICE OF HELLBOY steeldriving_man
Japanese Mythos vs. European Will-Mun
Sword of Stones is to Hellboy As... joel_the_ghoul
how many movies will be there? animatedude123
UK Release??? theselfs-1
DVD fox... Jkparanoid
Discuss Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?