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TV's G.I. Resolute outduels big-screen Rise of Cobra

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 15th 2009 10:30AM
G.I. Joe Resolute blows away G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra.Director Stephen Sommers might want to discourage the production of animated lead-ups to his feature films. They keep outdoing the movies they're supposed to set up for audiences.

Before his Van Helsing reached theaters in 2004, Universal released Van Helsing: The London Assigment. Written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the animated half-hour was clever and action-packed. Van Helsing? It was not clever and action-packed.

Now, the DVD release of G.i. Joe: Resolute, an 11-episode series of animated shorts that originally aired on Adult Swim before the release of Rise of Cobra, brings a cooler and more visually compelling "Yo, Joe!" to screens.

Now, I didn't hate G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. I know plenty of folks did, but I expected a big budget, live action cartoon and that's what the film delivered.

But, Resolute and its anime style brought a darkly heroic vibe to the G.I. Joe world that Rise of Cobra never captured. The DVD assembles the 11 shorts into a single one-hour film that fans will want to watch repeatedly to unveil the levels of detail in the animation. It's safe to say there aren't a ton of people going through multiple views of Rise of Cobra.

The disc special features include storyboards and interviews with the filmmakers.

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I'd have to disagree. Resolute was amazing in the beginning, but quickly petered out into standard G.I. Joe cartoon fare. Likewise, Cobra Commander started out strong and ruthless, but was laughably stupid as ever in the end, and the climax of the show was simply abysmal. Destro and the Baroness were just jokes in this, and the tacked-on love triangle added nothing.

In comparison, even the live-action movie comes off better.

November 15 2009 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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