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'Thor: Tales of Asgard' Movie Review

Tony and Sara join forces to review Marvel's latest animated movie!

As you guys probably already know, we often get screeners to upcoming comic book animated movies from Warner Brothers and Lionsgate here at Comic Vine. With all the crazy excitement of the live-action Thor, Tony and I decided to do a combined review of the new 'Thor: Tales of Asgard' animated film from Marvel Entertainment and Lionsgate.

Tony: Lionsgate is releasing what most likely will be their final Marvel direct-to-video animated film now that Disney owns Marvel. I've enjoyed the movies in the past but I feel this is one that should have come out earlier. I could be wrong but I thought this project was announced shortly after Hulk Vs. was released.

Sara: I agree with Tony here. 'Thor: Tales of Asgard' does indeed feel like it should have been released prior to Marvel Studios' latest motion picture, the live action Thor movie. My greatest concern is that the release of this animated film will be overshadowed by the release of the the live-action Marvel movie, which opened well over a week prior on Friday, May 6th.

== TEASER ==

The Good

Tony: It's a good movie but I can't say I was as impressed as I was with their past films. It's an interesting choice to see the adventures of young Thor and Loki (back when they got along). We also see some great characterization in the Warriors Three, something that would have been great to see in the live action Thor film. For me, the star was Sif. Her portrayal was superb. It was a shame she couldn't have more screen time.

Sara: It's hard for me to compare this film with the live-action Thor movie because this one is definitely targeted toward a younger audience- and that's really, in essence, one of the good things about it. If you feel like (as a parent) you can't (for whatever reason) take your child to see the new Thor film, you will likely have no problem letting them see this film. While there is definitely violence, it certainly isn't gratuitous. The plot is not really heavy, either, and the audience will find a turn of events they likely did not see coming, but that nonetheless will definitely be able to appreciate. I also liked Sif's character a lot in this (even if I wasn't crazy about the very last scene in the film) and thought actress Tara Strong was perfect for her voice casting.

The Bad

Tony: The main problem I have with this, and it might be a little unfair, is the timing of the release. It makes total sense that it would be released so closely to the live action Thor but it might have been better if it was released before. I may be nit-picking by there are too many similarities and conflicting points between this movie and the live action one. What surprises me about that is the fact that Craig Kyle, whom I have deep respect for, was very involved with both.

Sara: This story is pretty far removed from what Thor fans have read in the comics; inspired maybe, but certainly not the same- and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Personally, I had a tough time determining how old Thor and Loki were supposed to be. Actor Matthew Wolf, the voice of Thor, has a very deep and brooding voice,; yet the character was drawn as a thin and lanky teenager. I've met teenagers with deep voices, but this was too much. There were also parts of the plot that left me rather confused. There were portions of the story's plot that I felt might be hard for someone new to Thor's mythology to fully grasp. For example, the "sword of Surtur" was very important to the plot, but the audience might not understand it's importance or even know what it is until half-way through the story. Although the Warriors Three got a lot of screen time, they weren't incredibly likeable characters and I could take or leave them.

The Verdict

Tony: Both movies involved Thor being brash and arrogant. Both movies involved fighting the Frost Giants. What doesn't mesh is these interpretations can't both happen. I know, I know, they're different mediums. One is live action and one is animated. It's just like things are different in the comics. It's because they're released so closely together that it bothers me. This is something that even my seven-year-old daughter picked up on. What she came up with was, "Maybe they forgot this happened in the [live action] movie."

It was fun and entertaining. My daughter enjoyed it. I just don't really feel compelled to watch it again anytime soon.

Sara: The film was fun, but somewhat forgettable. Marvel made a mistake releasing this animated film after the release of their live action film- particularly when both movies use a very similar plot. It's fun to watch, was just entertaining enough, but I wouldn't want it on Blue-Ray.

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Posted by CombatSpoon86

Letdown, and to think I was excited to see this

Posted by Caligula

I liked the clip that was on Planet Hulk (I believe it was)

Posted by ImperiousRix

It's odd how inconsistent these Marvel animated features are.

Looked cool, but not a huge Thor fan.  I think I'll just stick with the live action movie.
Posted by G-Man
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Posted by Preacherl2k

Saw this, It was ok at best. The Avengers on Disney XD is better by far!

Posted by Mercy_

About the Craig Kyle thing. I stayed through the end scene of the live action movie, so I saw all the credits. I was really pleasantly surprised to see his name up there. I'm an enormous fan of Kyle and Yost and their work in all media. 

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Posted by Trodorne

Am I the only one who thinks the cover looks like a rip off of He-man?

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Hit or miss with me.

Posted by The Impersonator

I can't wait to see this movie.

Posted by TDK_1997

I haven't seen it yet

Posted by Eyz

In some other countries, we got it first before the live movie :P

Sounds, okay~sh...but not that "necessary" (as far as entertainment/cartoon/movies go)

Edited by TheGoldenOne
It was okay. It's not one of the best animated Marvel movies though. I was disappointed because i didn't get to see Mjolnir in action.
Posted by craigbo180

I really don't like the art. It looks like teen Thor.

Edited by Scarlet_Rogue

You guys are nuts. I saw this yesterday and it was awesome. Because of the release of the live action movie comparisons are inevitable, but absurd. Yes both are basically about the humbling of Thor, but this felt fresh and fun for an animated movie and it was a lot better than Hulk vs. Thor. Seeing Loki being good on his own accord, yet also seeing some dark slowly slip out now and then was a plus.

Posted by Jordanstine

@Babs Blue-ray

 

You so silly :)

Posted by maxicere

Nice movie!! Better than live action movie...

Posted by tonis

lol @ G-Man's little one.

I agree with her, the movie producers seem to have 'selective' memory with our comic characters.

Best explanation I've heard. :)
Posted by Nefarious

Awesome! I  want to see this movie.

Posted by GBrutality

so, they're just going to stop making anymore animated marvel films just because Disney owns them? I don't see why that would halt everything.
However, should they continue they reeeeeally need to step up their game. The Avengers ones were pretty good, but they need a page out of DCs book in terms of animated features. in the past few years they've put out Under The Red Hood, Superman Doomsday, All-Star Superman, and Justice League The New Frontier. Those were all great. It's one of those there's no reason to give up, but only if you promise to start actually trying.

Posted by NightFang

Might rent this movie.

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Edited by Iridium

One might think with Disney owning them the animation of these things would start to get even a bit better.  Blech ... must be trying to crank them out as fast, for as little as possible. Some of the recent DC animation blows these Marvel toons away, in my opinion.  
Character's upper lips aside,  Superman/Batman: Apocalypse for example, had some great visual moments in it.  Now, granted, I have not watched this Thor movie yet but I have been watching most of the one that are coming out of Marvel lately.

Blech!  That 'animated' nightmare they are showing on Disney XD these days is embarrassing enough, I would expect a movie to be slightly higher quality ... guess not.

Posted by The Lobster
@Iridium said:
One might think with Disney owning them the animation of these things would start to get even a bit better.  Blech ... must be trying to crank them out as fast, for as little as possible. Some of the recent DC animation blows these Marvel toons away, in my opinion.   Character's upper lips aside,  Superman/Batman: Apocalypse for example, had some great visual moments in it.  Now, granted, I have not watched this Thor movie yet but I have been watching most of the one that are coming out of Marvel lately. Blech!  That 'animated' nightmare they are showing on Disney XD these days is embarrassing enough, I would expect a movie to be slightly higher quality ... guess not.
You are aware that Disney did not make this film? Lionsgate did.....that was already mentioned at the very beginning of the review. So Why exactly are you blaming Disney for this movie being bad?
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@Jordanstine:
You So Silly Too
Posted by Iron_Lad

Very good movie. I liked it! My interest in Thor lately has been very positive.

Posted by Wattup

My East Indian mother calls him "Thorn". Par example:

"Did you see that Thorn movie yet?"

She's awesome. 8 )

Posted by Ry Fryy

Even being a big Thor fan myself, I just couldn't get excited for this.

Posted by THEBlaqueBasterd

Cheap meaningless "Franchise Animation" yet again from marvel.. Idunno WHAT theyre spendin all that cash on ESPESH now theyve got Disneys purse strings.. But it sure as hell ain decent cell animation or even decent artists.. The best Ive seen from them (&thats pushing it) is Hulk vs Wolverine.. &even then it was inconsistent.. Almost asif the quality dipped in the 4th quarter.. (&it was only 37 min long smh)


Overall Marvel (Animation) have to step up their game in EVERY department..&change ther whole approach 
Here why, none of the projects are artistically driven.. Theyre financially driven... This (&the majority of their releases) for example had: "lets scrape up some spare Thor related change" written allover it.. 
Whereas over at DC u can tell the animation teams have a great zest &enthusiasm for ther craft.. coz it SHOWS in the quality  of their end product
Posted by Lurkin

I too laughed a little at the Blue-Ray part from Sara.

Posted by blueninjapanther

I need to watch this because it looks amazing.
Posted by Deranged Midget

Still gonna check this out.

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