Madhouse’s ::Redline:: High-octane Entertainment!

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It’s only just recently that I’ve even heard of this film and that was by some accident I can’t even remember. That totally knocks my fandom down to just below “avid”.

When I watched it I wasn’t sure why I was so out of the loop. Oh and it was amazing!

 After reading that Madhouse produced it I knew the animation was going to be interesting. Madhouse always manages to hyper-stylize their animations to a sometimes nauseating degree but always manage to pull it off with a story that keeps you watching. Redline wasn’t the exception and I found it enjoyable all the same. Oh, and it may come as no surprise that Redline isn’t for kids.

Alien child with parent.

The best way I can describe the movie would be to compare it to that of Episode I having been directed by Wachowski’s, i.e. Speed Racer and animated to boot.

Typical Redline fans.

  Redline appealed to the senses that mattered. The music fit the scenes, the scenes were interesting enough to cover up some weak parts of the story, the story was a typical lucky-reckless-underdog-beats-all-odds-gets-girl type love story. A little cliché. Sounds dull but they add a few sub-stories for an overall grasp of the Universe not to mention they do throw in a little nudity, if you’re into that sort of thing animated. It’s really only when the characters finally make it to the Redline races that all hell breaks loose and we’re able to kick back and enjoy it.

The racers that we want to succeed in this film are human while the other racers are alien. There are several eccentric humanoid characters like the violent Batman/Robin knockoffs (which I found pretty funny) and the undefeated Redline champion who modifies his body for direct interfacing with his car. Craziness!

The Action, the Suspense!

Since it’s based in a fictitious interstellar setting we’re slightly, visually graced with an odd assortment of creatures and cultures watching the live coverage of the races like so many avid NASCAR fans. But this is nothing like NASCAR. I actually enjoyed it.

That’s really all I have to say. Inspired, no?

-VR

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New Marvels for the price of Pocky!

I didn’t make it to San Diego Comic Con.
Yeah, I know… and it sucked hearing from all those who had gone telling me how awesome it was and rubbing it in my face. Not fun. My point, beyond missing out on the nerdgasmic experience of the year is that I missed out on the previews to a couple new Madhouse/Marvel productions.

Now for those of you who don’t see the coolness of this, you should stop reading my blog because you’re probably just wasting your time reading any further. If you have the slightest inclination then please, my one reader, keep reading!

Madhouse has contributed to many of the Ghibli films, i.e. Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle for starters, that were way beyond breathless as well as a couple of projects in The Animatrix and the more recently animated Batman: Gotham Knight that served as bridge between the two recent movies starring Christian Bale.

What does this ultimately mean? It means that Saturday Morning cartoons will be blown way out of the water; that we who love our comic book characters will finally get to see them even closer to how we envisioned them: Awesome!

It’s a great thing.

I don’t know what else to say. It’s all my opinion anyway so check it out yourself.

The Wolverine, Iron Man projects are just the tip of it. I can’t wait to see Blade done anime style.

And then the almost-but-not-quite-as appealing looking Wolverine anime:

-TR!