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Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006)

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Hellboy travels to Japan to fight an ancient demon.

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Matt Wayne (screenplay), Tad Stones (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Paul Nakauchi ... Additional Voices (voice)
James Sie ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mitchell Whitfield ... Russell Thorne (voice)
Gwendoline Yeo ... Kitsune (voice)
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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

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

28 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helboj - Olujni mač See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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The name that the old man is carving into a cucumber is "Murakami". Director Tad Stones says that this is a shout out to his friend, fellow animator Glen Murakami See more »

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Hellboy: Screw this!
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A Chore of a Movie
17 February 2007 | by Harris TweedSee all my reviews

Supposedly only 75 minutes long, but it feels nearly twice that, Sword of Storms is exactly what you don't want the Hellboy movie to be. It manages the trifecta of bad animated movies, to wit:

1.) Bad Voice-Acting - Someone apparently told Selma Blair to growl all her lines (deadpan), and while Perlman and Doug Jones were great, they weren't enough to make up for the rest of the straight-to-video players. I really don't need to hear Phil Lamarr do his stock suburban white kid voice ever again.

2.) Clunky, Boring Animation - I can accept that the native Hellboy style probably wouldn't work in an animated movie, but why would you go with this? It's as if a low-budget anime and Ultimate Avengers had a particularly ugly child. I wouldn't be surprised if Sword of Storms shares an animation studio with Ultimate Avengers, it's crap.

3.) More minutes than story - There's a gigantic lull in this movie, worse than any Bond Film, nestled neatly between the beginning and end. This part is especially disappointing because Mignola actually wrote this incarnation of Hellboy. Combind with the clunky, slow, thrill-less animation style the movie utterly fails to redeem itself with the climax. I was too deep in my coma/stupor to enjoy Hellboy punching things, and that's saying something.

This is the kind of movie you can only enjoy as light background music, the instant you take an interest in the story it will disappoint.


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