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The Invincible Iron Man (2007)

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When a cocky industrialist's efforts to raise an ancient Chinese temple leads him to be seriously wounded and captured by enemy forces, he must use his ideas for a revolutionary power armor in order to fight back as a superhero.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Marc Worden Marc Worden ... Tony Stark / Iron Man (voice)
Gwendoline Yeo ... Li Mei (voice) (as Gwendolyn Yeo)
Fred Tatasciore ... The Mandarin / Additional Voices (voice)
Rodney Saulsberry ... James 'Rhodey' Rhodes (voice)
Elisa Gabrielli ... Virginia 'Pepper' Potts (voice)
John McCook ... Howard Stark (voice)
James Sie ... Wong Chu (voice)
Stephen Mendillo ... Boyer (voice)
John DeMita ... Agent Drake / Additional Voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Cheung ... Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Nakauchi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Yama ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Billionaire inventor Tony Stark digs up far more than he bargained for. He unleashes an age-old prophecy that foretells the resurrection of the Mandarin, the emperor of China's darkest and most violent dynasty. When his best friend James "Rhodey" Rhodes has been kidnapped, Tony travels to China to investigate, he is captured and badly injured by the Jade Dragons, his life only saved thanks to a Chinese shaman and Rhodes' skills as an army medic after a piece of shrapnel damages his heart. In order to confront the destructive force in this ultimate battle, Tony creates an armored suit infused with high-tech weaponry. To stop the evil that he himself has raised form the earth, Tony must become his greatest invention ever which becomes known as "Iron Man"! The newly born champion must travel to the four corners of the earth to battle the Mandarin's henchmen, the Elementals four magical warriors who harness the power of the elements earth, water, wind, and fire with deadly chemistry. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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A Lone Warrior. A Suit of Armor. Our Only Hope. IRON MAN.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lionsgate [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby Digital | Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color | Color (NTSC Color)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

James Rhodes calls the guards Jake and Elwood... those are the names of the Blues Brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues. See more »

Goofs

The "demon elementals" are earth, fire, water and air - Western elements. The traditional Chinese elements are earth, fire, water, wood and metal. See more »

Quotes

Tony Stark: You don't belong with these murderers. Why are you doing this?
Li Mei: The Mandarin will rise, and many will die in the East and the West. Their souls will be offered as payment for ...
Tony Stark: Ok, that's the company line.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.5 (2008) See more »

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Quick! Someone help Avi Arad get a clue!
15 April 2008 | by fuzzy_wunzSee all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, the guy's a success dynamo, but he got to the top by selling overpriced plastic toys to impulsive brats. So I get a little peeved when he looks at comic book fans as an extension of that same market.

See, "The Invincible Iron Man" wouldn't be bad if it were slotted on a Saturday morning and geared exclusively toward undiscerning children. But it's not directed exclusively at children. Periphery characters are killed every five minutes and there's enough bloodshed and semi-nude bodies to make network censors squirm, so it isn't quite cut out for children's television.

So what audience is this video aiming for then? It's the audience that enjoys nigh intelligible story lines about reviving a tyrannical Chinese emperor with 5 arcane rings, that's who. And I think that audience is restrictively small.

A lot of great writers have passed through Marvel's leathery yoni over the decades. So it's a shame that Marvel would risk their pricey animation investments on so many questionable storytellers and scribes who, like Mr. Arad, are better accustomed to peddling action figures during Saturday morning cartoons. How many lukewarm receptions do Marvel have to endure before they come up with a better strategy?

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Animation: just passable cels, some segments are better than others, a low budget look all throughout -- this ain't no Bakshi (Ralph) and it ain't no Bluth (Don)! CG animation's okay, but far from impressive.

Story: a litany of clichés, all over the place, convoluted, contrived, and uninspired.

Characters: so why is Rhodes even here if all he does is add to Stark's sexual ambiguity? Hmmm... her Dad's in a wheelchair... Tony misses his mom... Asian chicks are hot and, apparently, little else; the female lead is thoroughly objectified by the feature's end.

Performances: can't blame competent voice actors for a bad script.

Art: very Western musculature, very clean lines, faces are very derivative of Eastern art, very boring mattes, very bland CG.

Conclusion: Not great, but worth a watch for the fans and those who enjoy superhero myths. A 'must-buy' for collectors. A valuable "what not to do" course for junior animators.


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