I don't know about those "previous" attempts to bring Anime and Manga to film in America. I'd like to know how many were serious, or how many were just pie in the sky daydreams like Disney's attempt at Sailor Moon the Movie (no real commitment, lots of ridiculous fantasy like making all the Sailor Soliders into California girls, and only one person (Geena Davis as Queen Beryl) cast before people forgot the movie was even in the works).
Somehow I don't think we're ever going to see an American make a film like Lone Wolf & Cub... Anime and Manga movies in America equals kiddie fare.
If only the man behind Domu : A Child's Dream didn't get into his pissing match with Guillermo Del Toro, then maybe that might have heralded a new era in the way we see manga to American movie translation (oh come on, the guy Del Toro is at odds with can't be missing the fact Del Toro is cranking out his best work to date right now! This is about as great a time as any to give him Domu because he's doing critically acclaimed mind freaking (bleep) these days! Come on! Give him the franchise already!!)
Actually if DBZ is handled in the same drive and power that Kung Fu Hustle had then even Goku's nerf foam rubber hairdo is going to be forgivable if the movie really pours on the SFX and the humor (and it comes off as an over the top hyperactive popcorn muncher filled with over the top action and humor). Then the movie might be actually recommendable in the long run. Maybe.
It got the silly factor down with Goku's ridiculous hair and the scrawny white guy picked to play Goku. Oh, and then there's Chow Yun Fat ready to chew up the scenery in his most extreme performance to date as Master Roshi. After so many serious roles he's been storing up his silly face for a long time now... hope it's worth seeing.
Still could we NOT get Vegeta instead of Piccolo?!?
This is actually easy... imagine Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer... OK... now turn him green in your mind... and give him Andorian (Star Trek : Enterprise) antennea and... there you go... it's Piccolo.
Of course it's all the way to August.
Right now I'm looking down the barrel of the bastardization of Dragonlance (this week the first of three DVD movies, each cooresponding with the THREE books of the original launch trilogy (I totally forgot there's no Summer book) of novels, releases).
Oh, joy. Please kill more of my youthful memories, Hollywood.
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on Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:58 am, edited 1 time in total.
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