movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] This is kind of a movie, kind of not. Two 45 minute animations. Together, their length is about the same as a movie.

PLOT SUMMARY: I think the title pretty much summarizes the plot!

PEOPLE: From 2 directors who collectively directed Superman/Batman:Public Enemies, Justice League:Crisis On Two Earths, Planet Hulk, Batman Vs. Dracula, 7 eps of The Batman, 17 eps of X-Men Evolution, 16 eps of Gargoyles, and 16 eps of the 1990s Batman series. From 2 writers who collectively wrote Planet Hulk, Iron Man:Armored Adventures, Wolverine & The X-Men, Fantastic Four 2006, X-Men Evolution, and some eps of The Batman.

Tons of voice actors here. Bruce Banner is played by Bryce Johnson (Popular, 1 ep of Nip/Tuck). The Hulk is played by Fred Tatasciore, who’s done the Hulk in soooo many animated offerings over the past decade, voiced over 150 video games, was Beast in Wolverine & The X-Men, William Shatner in Robot Chicken, the neighbor in Invader Zim, Number 8 in the movie 9. He also does various monster sounds [sounds like another Frank Welker to me], such as the goblins in The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the Zillo Beast in the Star Wars:The Clone Wars series. Wolverine is played by Steve Blum, who’s done 200 video games, was Duke in G.I. Joe Resolute, Green Goblin in The Spectacular Spider-Man, and played Wolverine in Wolverine & The X-Men — this is his 6th time voicing Wolverine. He also played Yakky Doodle in Harvey Birdman:Attorney At Law, the announcer from Grim & Evil, W.I.T.C.H, Jamie from Megas XLR, and plenty of English-dub anime voices, like Great Teacher Onizuka and many other popular animes. He was also Lucifer in Dante’s Inferno:An Animated Epic, in a bunch of anime, and wrote 46 eps of Naruto. Tom Kane who voiced The Professor in the Wolverine half also voiced Professor Utonium in The PowerPuff Girls, and Professor Xavier in a video game.

A lot of the other voice actors were similarly in a bunch of superhero / anime related projects.

QUIRKS: Based on the comics (duh). Superhero action! And with the Thor half, Nordic/Norse fantasy. You even get to see Hel! Not Hell, Hel.

The Wolverine half is inspired by Wolverine‘s first ever appearance, which was in The Incredible Hulk #180.

VISUALS: Excellent animation production.

MORALS: Hulk smash!

POLITICS: Hulk smash!

BAD STUFF: Some complained that Thor was out of character. Others complained that Wolverine was too strong, and would have been torn apart by the Hulk. But both characters have come within a hair’s width of killing the other in the comics, so whoop dee do.

CONCLUSION: Outstanding animated action. You’d think Hulk Vs. Wolverine would be the more interesting half, but no, Hulk Vs. Thor was actually much more interesting. Despite lacking blood and gore, the action scenes in these are still enough to make you cringe at times. Hulk smash!

RATINGS:

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10. Though Clint might rate the Wolverine half a bit closer to 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.

Basically, Carolyn seemed to like the Wolverine half the same as the Thor half, but Clint thought the Thor one had a better story — and an actual conclusion to boot. The Wolverine one felt like it started and ended in the middle of the story — true to comic book form.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.3/5 stars–correctly offset in the upward direction).

RECOMMENDATION: Hulk smash!!!!!!! Hulk smash!!!! Hulk smaaaaaaaaaaaaaaash!!!!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Planet Hulk.

MOVIE QUOTES:

Sabretooth: [to Wolverine] You’ve gotta love our healing factors. I’m gonna enjoy killing you for days! And then I think we’ll drop the Hulk on an orphanage or something.

Thor: Bruce Banner, I know thee to be a man of honor. I know thee to be a hero. The lives at stake are not your concern, not even human, but I ask you anyway. Be that hero now.

Deadpool: What do you say after the mission, we kill all of those floating babies?
Omega Red: Do you ever shut up, Wilson?
Deadpool: What? Babies creep me out.
[cradles his rifle]

Wolverine: You should’ve killed me when you had the chance, ’cause I’m gonna get outta here, I’m gonna kill all of them, and then… I’m gonna cut out your heart.

Mood: annoyed
Music: Type O Negative – Suspended In Dusk