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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Hell-No See more (16 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)
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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: 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:
Hellboy:[sarcastic] Gosh, Kate, I feel just awful dragging you away from rotting manuscripts and ancient texts. I mean, you used to research trolls!
Professor Kate Corrigan:It's okay. Now I get to work with one.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron (2007) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Hell-No, 14 August 2009
Author: xamtaro from Singapore

I get the feeling that this "Hellboy Animated" movie only materialised to cash in on the popularity of the live action movie.

This seems to be a prequel to the first Hellboy movie, but it lacks the sense of grandeur that the first, or Golden Army, had. It feels like a "just another day on the job" accounting of one of Hellboy's more interesting paranormal cases, which in this case involves a plot by some Japanese demons to enslave the world and the key to stopping them lie in the form of an ancient Samurai Blade. Fair enough. It sounds quite good. I bet it sounded better on paper than the end result we see on screen. The plot weaves in and out, cutting between Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman responding to some anomaly in the ocean, 2 BPRD agents tracking down a possessed Professor and Hellboy lost in the Japanese backwoods with the Samurai Sword. It gets a little hard to follow at times and many scenes just seem unnecessary in advancing the overall plot. The producers tried to throw in some very unique monsters and threats for Hellboy to face, based on many ancient Japanese myths. A noble move, but unless you are already well versed in the old folklore from the land of the Rising Sun, those monsters(that apparently the production team painstakingly researched) would just come across as generic supernatural threats with some quirky designs.

In the end, The whole resolution to the story is possibly the weakest aspect; a real let down. There is a romantic subplot involving an ancient samurai and his ghostly lover but it is not like the romance in the live action movie, more closer to Saturday morning cartoon style of romantic relationships. It is cheesy and would easily make one shake his head in disbelief that the script writers would throw in something like that into an otherwise well written script.

The animation for the most part is also relatively weak. As a direct-to-DVD animated feature, Hellboy Animated's animation does not stand up well to other animated feature adaptations of comic book superheros It is stiff, with bland camera angles and uninteresting storyboarding. The visuals are painfully simple, along the lines of animated TV series much less a animated feature. One would think that Mike Mignola's streamlined art style, minimalist colouring and dark, grim and quirky visuals form the comic book would be easy to adapt to animation. They were able to capture Mignola's art style perfectly with "The Amazing Screw On Head" that was released a month earlier from Hellboy Animated. Alas, the production company chose not to stick to that look and went with another stylised look that, in my humble opinion, looked absolutely horrible.

The character designs looked like a splicing of Kim Possible, Danny Phantom, and some of the worst looking episodes from the 90s Batman animated series and Transformers Animated. Body Proportions are almost laughable and the overall look comes across as cheap and lazy. This show would not have looked out of place when aired on Saturday mornings after Spongebob Squarepants.

Thankfully, a highly enjoyable script and excellent character chemistry saves this show from being a utter failure. Dark Humour, witty comebacks and entertaining banter among the characters. The movie captures the quirkiness of the comics very well and the actors from the film reprise their roles, lending to the feel of continuity.

This one is really a mixed bag. If you can get pass the overall under-budgeted look and cheap-o feel of the animation then make your way through one mess of a story smelling like cheese, you got a really entertaining animated movie on your hands. Fun to watch, but little else beyond that.

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