Hellboy Animated: Blood and Iron
(Unrated, 1:15:52, Released 2007)
|Genres:||Action & Adventure, Television, Horror, Animation, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Release Date:||Mar 10, 2007|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 6, 2007|
|Starring:||Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, John Hurt, Peri Gilpin, Cree Summer|
|Directed by:||Phil Weinstein, Tad Stones, Victor Cook|
|Synopsis:||Mike Mignola and Guillermo Del Toro team up once again to bring everyone's favorite wise-cracking, crime fighting demon to the screen in an animated adventure that finds Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien pitted against a powerful horde of supernatural baddies. When a sprawling mansion becomes overrun with ghosts and werewolves, Hellboy is forced to put in some serious overtime to ensure that the situation doesn't get out of hand. Add into the mix a villainous vampires and a malevolent goddess, and you've got a recipe for Hellboy's most thrilling assignment to date. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt all return to voice the same characters they portrayed in Del Toro's rousing live action film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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November 28, 2008
Closer to the comic than the movies but it feels more like a bad episode of the Real Ghostbusters.
August 16, 2008
Even more enjoyable than the last Hellboy animated encounter. This time adding Hurt's Professor Broom and further establishing their own continuity adds a more heartfelt undertone to all the proceedings. It's also nice to see every character get to play the hero for a little while. The monsters look great and we get a better sense of the mythic world in conjunction with our own. It's sad that some of these ideas wont be seen in live action as their are some wonderful ideas that I would love to see Del Toro interpret. Again this is one for the fans who want to see an extra Hellboy adventure as I doubt it will appeal to the skeptics.
July 25, 2008
The stories of Mike Mignola never get old and neither does seeing Hellboy animated. Blood and Iron is one of those animations that is geared more towards adults as it has a dark feel to it. This isn't rated R, but it sure as h*** isn't rated G.
As usual the story for this Hellboy adventure rides high on science fiction and that is what makes this series so entertaining. Blood and Iron focuses way more on story rather than the action. The run time is only 75 minutes and the action doesn't happen until 2/3 of the way in. Fortunately, the first 2/3 of the film is still good. The story jumps back and forth between the past and the present multiple times. What makes this even more interesting is that the scenes that take place in the past appear in reverse order, going back further and further in time with each new scene.
You do have to wait a while for the action, but you will get your fill at the end. Abe Sapien gets in on a bunch of the fights and Liz Sherman gets a chance to use her pyrokinesis to take down some baddies. Hellboy has the most intense fight when he battles the goddess Hecate. This is one fight that deserves to be in live action.
Once again the original actors, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt, return to do the voices for their respective characters. John Hurt has a big role as Professor Broom, while Peri Gilpin only has a few minutes with BPRD agent Kate Corrigan
This is definitely another good watch for Hellboy fans. "Destiny is overrated!"
July 4, 2008
Hellboy: Destiny is overrated!
The second animated feature about the comic character Hellboy actually succeeds at being even better than the first. It's darker, better voiced, and overall more entertaining.
This time, Hellboy and his team head to a haunted house, which is occupied by among other things, a vampire with history with one of Hellboy's team members, Prof. Bloom, who fought the creature years ago.
[Erzsebet confronts Broom after 60 years - he an old man, she a dessicated, skeletal vampire]
Erzsebet Ondrushko: The years have not been kind to you.
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: Nor you.
[she strikes him to the ground]
Erzsebet Ondrushko: So frail. Time has turned you to glass. I pity you.
Professor Trevor 'Broom' Bruttenholm: And I you. Growing old is not the worst fate that can befall a person... but you ceased to a be a person long ago.
The team must deal with this creature, as well as the goddess Hectate, who challenges Hellboy's role in society vs. his true nature.
There is also a very well crafted series of flashbacks that work in the way they are presented.
Once again, Ron Perlman is great in his role, but the other actors step up this time around as well. Selma Blair, who has been pretty passive, works very well here. John Hurt is also a welcome addition, really embracing his role in this story.
As mentioned, this flick is very dark as well. One of the main things I like about these animated Hellboy films is that its not tailor made for kids, there is a lot of blood in this one, as well as more natural dialog, that involves swearing and obscure jokes.
The action is also great. A battle near the end goes on and on, while remaining fun and well animated. Very good follow up flick and good preparation for the upcoming live-action sequel.
Hellboy: Hecate, seen your statue - aren't you missing a couple of heads?
Hecate: Why do you walk this lesser world? Mortals they don't know you. We are greater beings than they could ever dream!"
Hellboy: Yeah, well I'm doing just fine. Now ah, I'm kinda busy - I gotta go...
Hecate: Why, to save them? They're nothing to us! Only a few remain that observe the old rituals so I give them back the priestess and they give me sacrifices of blood. Now accept what you are and come and walk with me!
Hellboy: Lady, I was going to cut you some slack because you're a major mythological figure - but that? That's crazy talk. Now leave me alone!
May 14, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]In "Hellboy: Blood and Iron," a case from 1939 involving a vampire in Transylvania comes back to haunt Professor Broom literally. Soon after, while agents of the BPRD are being assigned various investigations around the world, one involving the possible haunting of a mansion in the Hamptons, which would be a favor for an influential businessman, is proposed. To everybody's surprise, Broom announces his intention to go and uses his influence to get top agents Hellboy, Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien to accompany him.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Hellboy: Blood and Iron" is an entertaining animated film that is hampered by too many flashbacks. The first one tells everything we need to know; the rest just pad out the running time and interrupt the flow of the action. When things go bump in the night, it is best to keep it as simple as possible.[/font]
January 5, 2011
Far superior to its stablemate, Sword of Storms, this animated film has some genuinely creepy moments and makes you care about the characters a lot more. The end is the only real let-down as it suffers greatly from the "let's do bigger is better just because we can" syndrome.
March 17, 2010
Until Del Toro stops messing about in Middle Earth and gets back to finishing his trilogy, these animated movies are the closest anyone will get to another Hellboy film.. The cast remains - which helps, and there's certainly no skimping on the blood, ghosts and other things that go bump in the night. It may be a cartoon, but it's not for children. The makers have stayed true to Mignola's original artwork too. Sadly, the plot is dull, and is aimed at children. But if you can see past that this is an alright mini-spin-off-adventure-thing.
November 29, 2008
I don't know why it took me so long to watch these! Great animated film with the film's stars as voice actors (I can't separate Perlman's voice from Red, anyway) with all the feel of a fun Saturday morning cartoon, but a little more substance to make it interesting. Pretty decent animation as well though perhaps lacking in a Mignola or del Toro-esque atmosphere.
August 4, 2008
Fun, solid story and the visuals were arresting. Having the same people voice this as the films is a nice touch.
July 27, 2008
I am not the biggest Hellboy fan, but I really enjoyed this. For a cartoon, it was just spooky enough. I have only one question. Why were Hellboy's legs so thin? It was as if he was walking around on two red toothpicks.
July 19, 2008
One of the coolest animated movies I've ever seen. Especially the scenes that take place with Professor Bruttenholm in the past.
July 14, 2008
A beautifully horrible monster story. Ghosts, vampires, and eldritch gods all face of against the BPRD. (You'd think they'd know better by now!) Creepy, lovingly animated, and originally written, it does Mignola proud.
July 10, 2008
Solid animated effort, steals a couple lines straight out of the comic, and the animation isn't flawless but still fun.
March 17, 2008
Pretty decent. The animation reminded me a bit of "Batman: The Animated Series" in terms of character design. I probably wouldn't have liked it as much had Ron Perlman not reprised his role and furnished the voice of Hellboy. I thought the first movie was pretty good, again thanks in large part to Perlman. A decent storyline with some decent animation. Probably wouldn't recommend this except to fans of the movie and comic book, though.
December 20, 2007
Another of the seemingly ongoing HELLBOY animated series of movies....this one dealing with vampires and ancient demons....amongst other things. Very cool.
July 23, 2007
This is the best Hellboy story I have seen yet. Vampires, ghosts, harpies. Fun, funny, and lots of action. This is the best direct to DVD cartoon I have seen in a long time.
July 8, 2007
It's about time Flixter got this film on their list. The second animated Hellboy film, which actually manages to surpass Sword of Storms. Vampires! Harpies! Werewolves! A giant minotaur-thing with detatchable fist! This movie is awesome, and just as great as the comics. Someone give the animators a bigger budget, though, so they can work more magic in the next one! This is direct-to-DVD moviemaking done right.