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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dragonball: What The Fans Have Been Waiting For?

All right, as of five minutes ago I have been the dubbed the official Opinion Editor, so you guys and galleons are going to be hearing my opinion more often. I would like to shed some light on and, duh, give my opinion on the upcoming “Dragonball” movie.

So here is the skinny on the film, they changed Goku’s age to a young adult so it wouldn’t seem cruel to have an alien beat the crap out of him. They cast James Marsters, known as Spike on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”, as the villain Lord Piccolo. Fans know Piccolo as a green alien from the planet Namek. As seen in the first screenshot, the studios have taken it in a different direction. Bulma, the American character, is lacking her blue hair. One of the biggest changes with the script is the abandoning of the anthropomorphic characters Oolong, Puar and Turtle. I guess this choice was made to make the movie seem more realistic. Yeah that’s a bunch of crap, they didn’t want to waste money on any sort of digital effect or costume.

First Released Picture of Lord Piccolo

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that everything has to be perfect. No movie adapted from any source can get it perfect; there will always be gripes. With Dragonball, they are trying to make certain things too animated. For instance, Goku’s hair was attempted. Below is a side-to-side comparison of the animated character and the movie adaptation.

Are Either of Their Hairdos Real?

There is definitely going to be more action than Superman Returns, ahem I believe that was a burn, and the studios hope to not disappoint. The studios in Hollywood have found success in superhero movies, but now Dragonball is going to try its hand at anime adaptations. This turnout of this movie will have one of two effects. It will either do well and start different studios’ buying of anime properties to adapt and this will be the new fad or the movie won’t do well and in a few years they will try to reboot the series in order to have the first effect.

The writers of different anime know how to write fantasy stories to a constant degree of excellence, except maybe Naruto, that American writers don’t have. I’m afraid of the proverbial “Ghostrider” or “Batman and Robin” that is bound to happen to any of the other anime series that I am glad to call a fan.

I thought I was going to rip this movie a new one, but I guess my biggest worry is that it may spark a big crock of crap that Hollywood doesn’t need right now. This is definitely going to be a fan service movie, but that is about it. There hasn’t been too much promotion for this film, and with an April 2009 release, a teaser would give everyone an idea of how this movie will play out for the masses. With saga after saga of happenings in the Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball Z GT, at least 9 movies could be made in terms of different stories that can be told. I will definitely be going to see this film, who’s with me? No one? Thought so.


Anonymous said...

No one? yeah right.

Which is why it's no.3 on and there's millions of comments and posts on countless sites and forums about it, even though the trailer isn't even released.

Ezra Edmond said...

Look, it does not look good. It should be straight to DVD. Allow me to reference Speed Racer from earlier this year. That movie severely disappointed in the box office due to the fact that anime does not translate well onto the big screen.... Especially Dragonbal Z.

Regardless if you loved that show when you were 5 or not. It was poorly animated, and ragged on way too long. The movie will certainly do the same. Because if they don't they do not live up to fan expectations. If they make the movie better than the series (not a hard thing to do) then they will not meet fan expectations. And if they don't make the movie better than the series the fans will also be angry. Essentially, the movie will end regardless as a disappointment.

Sure, go check it out, as surely countless other people will, but when the theater you will certainly fell a little worse than you did going in.

However, i hope that it will do well and that I will be pleasantly surprised.

Mark Donica said...

Ezra I don't think it's going to be horrible and because we don't know anything on running time, we won't know if it'll drag. It has a crap-ton of story to get through so it can't really take it's time. I'm hopeful. If I can see a video of Goku charging a Kamehameha, I will be able to be more confident.

As for, they're a site for more nerdish movie genres like superhero and comic/TV/cartoon based films, so I kind of expected that. Like I said in the blog, it's going to be a fan service movie. It may have a great opening weekend, but that will probably be the most of it, unless of course they surprise us, which is as Ezra and I hope, will happen.

Ezra Edmond said...

Yes, the best thing they can do is release a trailer. Even a teaser would be nice, so we can finally see what they are going for.

The lack of a trailer for what is supposed to be a summer blockbuster is worrisome, solely because no-one knows what to expect. The poster is lacking dynamics and I fear that the lack of trailer may be due to the fact they don't think it has the chutzpah that fans are expecting.

Craig Nelson said...

well they said a trailer was coming with max payne when they thought it was going to be PG-13. but since it got an R recently, they'll probably release it with their next biggest film. which is not lookin too good. they have City of Ember, Australia, and The Day the Earth Stood Still, which are october november and december. id still go with max payne. we'll see how they do this. who knows, mb max payne will get the PG-13 with some fighting.

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