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Mosaic (2007)

Video  -  Animation | Action | Adventure  -  9 January 2007 (USA)
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A break-in and murder at a New York City museum sparks an investigation by Interpol Agent Nathan Nelson. When he finds an ancient artifact at the crime scene, Nelson takes it home to ... See full summary »

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Maggie (voice)
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Mosaic (voice)
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Stephan / Italian Captain (voice)
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Nathan Nelson (voice) (as Gary Chalk)
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Agent Newell (voice)
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Tour Guide / Belligerent Detective (voice)
Kathleen Barr ...
Facade / Mrs. Nottenmyer (voice)
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Mr. Bullwraith / Landlord (voice) (as Scott Mcneil)
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A break-in and murder at a New York City museum sparks an investigation by Interpol Agent Nathan Nelson. When he finds an ancient artifact at the crime scene, Nelson takes it home to conduct more research. A freakish combination of a lightning storm, a pet chameleon and the rune stone gives his daughter, Maggie, mystical powers to shape-shift her appearance at will which includes the ability to mimic other people and animals. Now Maggie must utilize her new-found super powers to solve the mysterious kidnapping of her father and to learn the secrets of an ancient, long-forgotten race of people. Written by Missy

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As Maggie considers the source of her powers, she jokingly suggests being bitten by a radioactive chameleon. This is a reference to Stan Lee's most famous creation, Spider-Man (bitten by a radioactive spider). See more »

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Manikin: A human who can wield our powers? Then the legend has come to life. The Chimeran Princess, at last!
Maggie Nelson: At your service.
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References The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) See more »

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Words and Music by William Anderson (as William Kevin Anderson)
Performed by Vanessa Graziano
Produced by William Anderson (as William Kevin Anderson)
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One trick ponies doing a show about "Changing"
14 August 2009 | by (http://thexamtaroshowvault.blogspot.sg) – See all my reviews

Oh the irony.

The basic premise of this show is "change and adaptability". Maggie's special powers to change her physical appearance to mimic others along with her natural talents as an actress, all play around this theme of adaptability winning over the obstinate and unwillingness to change. The latter is personified by the ancient Chamelia race who are so grounded in their overconfidence about their own natural superhuman abilities).

It is ironic that in a show revolving around the themes of "change" and adaptability, the creative team shows none of those traits.

Stan Lee manages to bring some very human and very well fleshed out characters, akin to his classic work on Spiderman in the 60s. THe problem is that although the characters were interesting and easy to relate to, Stan Lee's characterization of them are straight out of 1960s comics. Mosaic is littered with some of the most unoriginal concepts that seem plucked from a variety of sources.( THe shape changing powers, girl next door protagonist, ancient race of super-humans, and magical artifacts etc). Yes it would have been a very original concept, had it come out back in the 60s. But For an "original creation" by Stan Lee, it is possibly one of the most unoriginal combination of concepts there is in existence today.

Scott Lobdell, the writer, brings some entertaining dialog and fun, witty lines to this show. However, he too seems to be stuck in "the old days". His script is laden with unnecessary exposition in the dialog and even some campy monologues(like when Maggie talks to herself, out loud, about her new powers)that would not seem out of place in a 1980s children's comic book. I accept that some exposition is required in comics since a writer only has 22 to 30+ pages each month to tell a continuing over-arching story, but this is a single animated movie, not a bunch of 30 page comic issues. Not to mention that most of the dialog comes across as being rather juvenile.

So we have Unoriginal concepts, juvenile story and writing that seem to be stuck in the days of care bears and cotton candy. Take that and top it off with some of the best animation of the early 90s.

But oh wait! It's not the early 90s anymore.

Even the look and feel of this show is dated. The character designs are very simplistic with minimal art detail aside from the inconsistent shadows. This looks like a lost cartoon series pilot movie from the era of Captain Planet that Film Roman dug up, added some digital effects and colors and passed it off as a new product. The animation is only mediocre compared to today's TV series standards which is seriously dismal when compared to other Direct-to-DVD animated features like Ultimate Avengers and Superman:Doomsday.

Mosaic had a great premise but could have been so much more if it had been left in the hands of a better creative team who can adapt to the changing times and deliver a product that people would want to watch. Not one who's members are each stuck in their own dated style of their respective heydays.


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