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As close to a perfect adaptation as it's gonna get
mandrake0512 February 2009
Like everyone else, I couldn't wait to see the "real" Watchmen movie come this March, and was pleasantly surprised when I heard of this animated series.

Let me tell you, just about everything here is perfect. It's pretty much a panel-by-panel adaptation (though even with 12 half-hour episodes I could notice a few scenes here and there were trimmed for time). However, every single page comes to life thanks to the wonderfully epic musical score and the little touches added in - such as the character's clothes flapping in the wind, their changing expressions, or the camera work that often focuses on all the interesting details we might have missed in the real novel.

But I'll reserve special praise for the narrator. Even though it's a bit jarring at first to have one guy doing ALL the voices (even women's!), you soon realize that it's basically how it would sound if you read it aloud to yourself, for example. You'll quickly notice that every character is done differently (and perfectly!) - Rorschac with his monotone, gravelly voice, God-like Doc Manhattan and even the whiny Night-Owl just sound exactly like I would expect them to.

So definitely give this a try. I would maybe even recommend this to someone who hasn't read the novel before or hates comic books in general, as on the first read-through all the other extra material (journals, articles, etc) that is included in the printed version (and left out here) would probably just fly over most people's heads anyway. And trust me, like the other poster before me said, if the opening shot and monologue don't draw you in, I don't know what will.
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fonerg29 January 2009
It is something everyone should see. I don't understand why isn't it more advertised. I think this is as close to books as it ever will be.

The animation is fantastic. The production values a high. Just watch the very first scene where the camera zooms out from the comedian's badge.

Nothing is missing from the real watchmen experience. I will be honest I never liked comic books. Maybe because growing up I did not read just occasionally one or two. But if you are like me who appreciate style and great story but cannot be blown away by looking at small pictures in row, you are in for a treat.

A must see! A must experience! I think it is superior to the soon to be released movie. We will see. I will.
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an original piece but not essential viewing if you've read the book
MisterWhiplash14 August 2009
This is a curio, simple as that. And yet it's hard to ignore the work that went into it. This is a one-of-a-kind occurrence. Normally a book is translated into an audio format, like a radio play (at best) and with a narrator or sometimes actors playing various roles (i.e. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas the audio book has this). With Watchmen, unlike the movie by Zack Snyder, this is absolutely faithful to the source, with every panel included (the only thing it lacks, somewhat sadly, are those novel-type in-between chapters in Watchmen, such as the excerpts from Under the Hood), and with Dave Gibbons and the original colorist included.

It's a pleasure to watch the images come to life, and with a level of vibrancy that does make one see the recreation of an entire masterwork. As with the book, you can get sucked in and want to read/watch the entire thing. The only big difference, however, and the most glaring deterrent, is that when reading the Watchmen book you can fill in the gaps and the characters with your own voices and accents and things, as with any book, and pause at will. With this, it's continuous and with one voice only. This isn't to decry Tom Stechschulte too much, since he bounces between the male characters reasonably well (he even puts on a clever Nixon accent). But when it comes to the women, or with certain minorities (i.e. the pregnant Vietnamese woman), it doesn't work nearly as well. It's a matter of taste, perhaps, but they should have tried for a few more actors or voice-people to cover the book-on-video.

But if you're a big fan of the book, and you have an interest in seeing something like this that hasn't been done before, do check it out, if only for a few episodes. It's an approach that could pave the way for more... which depending on point of view is a great thing or a terrible thing. At the least it's an admirable experiment.
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Well, interesting
JoeB13111 December 2010
Warning: Spoilers
It's nice to see the original, and you respect the fact the movie version was so faithful....but....

Did they really need to get the same guy to do all the voices? That's what I found to be kind of off-putting, especially when he did the female voices. He sounded like a drag queen after the fourth drink.

Not that it wasn't fun compared to other action comics, but that is only because the source material was so good. And the pencil work of the artists comes through and all, but a fully animated version with talented voice actors would have been a lot better.

In this longer version, you do get some of the character subtleties that have been lost in the big screen version.
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Johnny-Hernandez6 March 2009
Bought last night and watched it all in one sitting. 10 out of 10. Can't wait to see the movie tonight at the IMAX! I bought the comic years ago and have read several times over the years. The writing rivaling many classics I have enjoyed time and again over the years. Other than Frank Millers Ronin I can not think of a another graphic novel I have so looked forward to on the big screen....The writing was something and such a level I had never seen in a comic and containing such dark view points I had never seen in such a media. I was always of the opinion that this was a graphic novel that would never see the big screen. The comic in motion literally brings to life what I have read in comic form for so long in such a new way and perspective.
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The Perfect way to experience one of the greatest Stories ever told
hanifmuhammad921 July 2012
I wasn't sure what to expect from this motion comic. I bought it with The Ultimate cut edition of the live action film. When I first began to watch it I wasn't sure it was going to be very good. The animation took a while to get used to and the use of the same male narrator for the female voices was jarring but by the end of the series I was utterly blown away.The Narrator is incredible talented at bringing the voices of our most beloved characters to life. Each voice is so unique that after a while I forgot that it was the same Narrator for all of the characters. His best voice acting was for my two favorite characters Rorschach and Dr.Manhattan. His performance as those two characters was so deeply compelling that I felt like I was watching a live action show when I watched their back story centric episodes.

Everything about this feels exactly like the graphic Novel. The animation is great and feels like a walking, Breathing comic. Most of the brilliant and poetic words from the novel is delivered Beautifully. The Motion comic is split into two episodes representing each Chapter in the plot. It runs about 5 and a half hours long.
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Not bad, but you should just stick to reading the graphic novel
gangstahippie17 June 2009
I saw the Watchmen movie the weekend it came out.I was completely blown away by it.I then read the graphic novel, and was blown away by that.I then saw a few episodes of the motion comics.Is it faithful? well yeah because they just took the comic book, animated it and used voiceovers.The graphic novel was awesome, but this was fairly pointless.The animation is fairly good and it does a good job of capturing the graphic novel.However, I found it annoying to watch.There is only one voice for every single character in the comic(yes even the women), it was fairly slow as well.My suggestion is you just stick to reading the graphic novel.
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Watchmen motion comic review
lisitsincaleb14 September 2018
I rather liked watchmen motion comic, it's pretty much the graphic novel come to life. The only complaint I could find with this is I wish they got a female voice actor. Other then that, I highly recommend this to any watchmen or comic fan.
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Good Idea, Poorly Executed.
reyalvarado-125 March 2009
I have never rated anything a 1, but this is completely unwatchable.

The motion comic concept is great - take the original art and material and product something faithful to the original with lite animation enhancements, sound, music and voice overs. The voice overs are the problems here - there is only one voice talent, and so the feel is like an audio book... Just imagine Silk Spectere's lines being read by a man, and you'll know why I have rated this as completely unwatchable (OK maybe if you turn the sound off).

Again, a great concept, but a complete failure due to using the audio-book style convention which is completely jarring in this genre and utterly ruins the effect. The production company should have spared the budget for an expanded voice cast, and this would been MAGNIFICENT.
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jgreenhood14 March 2009
I've not even finished watching this and may not. It's not the story that makes it so boring. It's like having some one reading a comic book to you. Yes 1 voice is used for all characters including the women. The ramblings of the characters blend into each other I forgot I was watching the movie & went to do something else.

Animation? What animation! South park has more & better animation. It's crudely drawn in old 70's early 80's comic style & not good like Superman & X-men.

It really could have been much better if it wasn't just one voice for all the characters.
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Why unfilmable books are unfilmable
Twelvefield21 July 2009
For the longest time, "Watchmen" was considered an unfilmable property. It took years to get the script, visuals and story into a form that was manageable for a motion picture, let alone the rumored miniseries.

While I appreciate the talent that went into the "Watchmen Motion Comic", I can't help but think that the project just took a few weeks or months to put together in an effort to cash in on the Watchmen marketing blitz. Some bits of it are rather well done, most of it is just long and expositional, and a few parts, especially the female characterizations, are embarrassing to watch. The original "Watchmen" comic was none too kind to women, and this video is even less so.

Apart from the single baritone male voice that reads the entire comic aloud, the whole thing has one massive issue with pacing. When you read a comic book, you set your own pace. You can spend half an hour gazing at a single panel of ultra-violence, or you can blip through a dozen panels of navel-gazing introspection, it's your choice.

I suppose you can advance the DVD at whatever pace you'd like, but sometimes the voices and the animation just do not flow naturally, and the motion comic lingers over scenes that should be brief and skips over stuff that needs more visual attention.

After a while, I found myself becoming obsessed that the characters never (or seldom) blinked and their mouth movements would periodically and reliably go askew. Maybe you like the theatrical film, or maybe you don't. Maybe you like the motion comic, I know I don't. If you want the best Watchmen experience, bloated, misogynistic, dated, self-important, and yet compelling and even a little beautiful under all that blood and ick, just read the book.
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