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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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Stephan / Italian Captain (voice)
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Nathan Nelson (voice) (as Gary Chalk)
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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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Maggie Nelson: This is pretty ridiculous. Contrary to popular belief, not every drama club geek has a phaser in her locker, and all 10 hours of Lord of the Rings on DVD.
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Words and Music by William Anderson (as William Kevin Anderson)
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Pleasantly Surprised
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The beginning credits for this animated Stan Lee production contains scenes of superhero ripoffs of other popular characters like Batman, Captain America and the Hulk. Not a good omen, I thought, of an original superhero film by Stan Lee. Imagine my surprise when I found that this film had a freshness and joy to it I found contagious. Is the movie great? Nope, but I'll get to that in a minute.

Let me focus on the reason the movie works: the hero. None of the powers Maggie (Anna Paquin) gain are original. Shape shifting, invisibility, wall-crawling, super-strength...they've all been done before. In fact, before this film I would have argued that there were no original heroes left to be had. Somehow, this combination of powers with the character of a high-school female drama student seemed original to me. Yes, we've seen teenage heroes before but I really found myself taken with how Maggie's reactions to her abilities seemed more real than scripted. There are very, very few original female superheroes (Wonder Woman and the Invisible Girl are all that come to mind right now) and a majority of them are thinly-veiled excuses to have chesty woman in tight, revealing clothes. The character of Maggie is never used in an overtly sexy way (though when she turns invisible her outline looks rather naked and she has a dream of being in her underwear) and she is written with more depth than would be expected from a direct-to-DVD animated feature.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film doesn't support its main character. From writing to animation, everything else is lackluster. It would be nice to see someone put more effort and money into animating these direct-to-DVD films (Ultimate Avengers I and II) beyond the level of..well..direct-to-DVD animated fare.

The tone of the movie tries to go beyond Saturday morning fare with some mild swearing and scenes of violence but Batman: The Animated Series routinely found ways of being far more sophisticated without cursing or on-screen bloodletting.

So, why do I give this an 8 out of 10? Is the main character that good? Yes. I think strong, smart, realistic female superheros are rare and must be embraced even if the films they are in aren't up to par. Stan Lee struggled for a while after Marvel with characters that never found the glory of his original run at Marvel. Mosaic is the first project that I feel touches that magic everyone felt in the 60s when Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk, and the X-Men first hit the shelves. I can now say I can't wait to see what's next.

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