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Writers:
Mike Mignola (characters)
Mike Mignola (story)
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Release Date:
28 October 2006 (USA) See more »
Plot:
Hellboy travels to Japan to fight an ancient demon. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Mixed results: promising, but slightly frustrating See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ron Perlman ... Hellboy (voice)

Selma Blair ... Liz Sherman (voice)

Doug Jones ... Abe Sapien (voice)

Peri Gilpin ... Professor Kate Corrigan (voice)

Dee Bradley Baker ... Lightning / Kappa / Pilot (voice)
Kim Mai Guest ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Hagiwara ... Additional Voices (voice)

Yuriana Kim ... Additional Voices (voice)

Clyde Kusatsu ... Additional Voices (voice)

Phil LaMarr ... Bureau Member / Pilot / Additional Voices (voice)

Liza Del Mundo ... Additional Voices (voice)

Paul Nakauchi ... Additional Voices (voice)

James Sie ... Additional Voices (voice)

Mitchell Whitfield ... Russell Thorne (voice)

Gwendoline Yeo ... Kitsune (voice)

Directed by
Phil Weinstein 
Tad Stones (supervising)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Mignola  characters
Mike Mignola  story
Karen Inwood Somers  documentary material
Tad Stones  screenplay
Tad Stones  story
Matt Wayne  screenplay

Produced by
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Stephen Brown)
Sidney Clifton .... producer
Guillermo del Toro .... creative producer
Stephanie Elliott .... animation producer
Lawrence Gordon .... executive producer
Scott D. Greenberg .... producer
Scott Hemming .... executive producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Lloyd Levin .... executive producer
Mike Mignola .... consulting producer
Mike Richardson .... executive producer
Tad Stones .... supervising producer
Michael Wolf .... animation executive producer (as Mike Wolf)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Drake 
 
Film Editing by
John Hoyos 
Jeffrey Perlmutter 
 
Production Management
John Hoyos .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Nathan Chew .... storyboard artist
Andy Chiang .... model designer
Sahin Ersöz .... storyboard artist
Nir Paniry .... storyboard artist
Adam Van Wyk .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Peter Cole .... sound re-recording mixer
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Lewis .... dialogue recording engineer
Jason Oliver .... supervising dialog editor
Wes Otis .... sound editor
Jeff Shiffman .... sound editor
Jody Thomas .... foley artist
Otis Van Osten .... supervising sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Brent M. Bowen .... visual effects
Harry Eisenstein .... main title design
Carol VanHook .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryndon Smith .... camera operator: video camera
 
Animation Department
Russell Calabrese .... sheet timer
Andy Chiang .... model designer
Eddy Houchins .... sheet timer (as William Houchins)
Gordon Kent .... timing director
Art Vitello .... timing director
James T. Walker .... sheet timer (as Tim Walker)
Jungja Wolf .... sheet timer
 
Casting Department
Everett A. Oliver .... casting coordinator
 
Music Department
Benjamin Stanton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bradley Cooper .... information technologies
Elaine De Mari .... information technologies
Steve Fisch .... business affairs
Rafael Hurtado .... production coordinator
Steffie Lucchesi .... retake & media coordinator
Charles McCaskill .... information technologies
Ginny McSwain .... voice director
Mike Medaris .... information technologies
Janine Scalise .... production assistant
 

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77 min
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Trivia:
David Hyde Pierce was offered the chance to reprise his role as the voice of Abe Sapien. But Pierce felt that Doug Jones' voice should have been used in Hellboy (2004) and he turned it down so that Jones would get the role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: We see the giant bat creature pin Abe to the ground, then the shot cuts away for a moment and then cuts back to the bat but Abe is now on his feet and several yards away from the creature when there wasn't time for him to get there.See more »
Quotes:
Liz Sherman:Underwater- that giving-me-air thing- that was, um... I didn't know you could do that.
Abe Sapien:I wasn't sure it would work, either, but I have burped excess air before, so I thought...
Liz Sherman:Aah! I was breathing your burps? Ugh!
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Mixed results: promising, but slightly frustrating, 1 April 2007
Author: vukodlak from Belgrade

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.

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