Thor: Tales of Asgard
shows us Thor before he was ĎThe Mighty.í Actually, if
you wanted to give a title to this animated incarnation of the Thunder
God, youíd be tempted towards ĎThe arrogant Thor,í ĎThe obnoxious Thor,í
or ĎIím going through some teenage stuff so Iím going to steal my Dadís
Thor portrayed in a time before he was a hero. Itís set in the Marvel
universe, but thereís no sign of Donald Blake or the mythical hammer
Mjolnir. Odin doesnít have his eye patch and Loki isnít evil- yet.
first meet him in Tales of Asgard, Thor is an impertinent youth
whose fighting skills havenít quite caught up to his mouth or his ego.
He dreams of testing himself in a true adventure, but he has been
confined to the realm of Asgard by his father, Odin. He and his brother
Loki stow away aboard a ship bound for one of the outer realms, where
Thorís cocky nature quickly gets them into trouble. The two barely
escape, with the help of their friends Fandral, Hogun and Volstagg. But
rather than learn from this debacle, Thor leads them into greater
danger- to Jotunheim, land of the deadly Frost Giants. Thor acquires a
mystical sword of immense power, but, underestimating its capabilities,
he accidentally kills two giants and provokes a war between Jotunheim
plenty of big action scenes and dramatic moments in Asgard, and
they all look good. The movie has a not-quite-anime style to it, and is
presented as a mixture of CGI and traditional hand-drawn animation. The
visuals are bright and colourful in a Saturday morning cartoon kind of
way. The soundtrack is suitably climactic in all the right moments, and
the voice acting is workable, if not outstanding.
film and video game voice actor Matt Wolf is the standout, as Thor
long-time fan of the comics, I found I wanted more from some of these
characters. Odin the All-Father comes across as a muscle-bound Father
Christmas- during the exchanges with the young Thor I found myself
wishing heíd send the whelp to his room on the end of a thunderbolt.
some of the other characters are more interesting. Charm and humour are
provided by the Warriors Three, while Loki acts as Thorís conscience
throughout the journey.
two sets of commentary, the DVD contains a lengthy Ďmaking-ofí
featurette. Watching this, itís obvious the love the production team
have of their source material. This featurette covers everything from
the design of the title sequence to the soundtrack to the characters
included is an episode of íThe Avengers- Earthís greatest heroes,í which
pitís the Thunder God against some earthly super villains.
stay in your memory forever, but it is an interesting take on an old and
beloved Marvel character that we havenít seen before. Treat it as an
appetizer to the live-action movie and you canít go wrong.