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Thor: Tales of Asgard
Reviewed by
Andrew Proverbs
on
Thor: Tales of Asgard DVD Review. It wonít 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.
Rating:
3.5

Feature 7.0
Video 7.5
Audio 8.0
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Sony
Running Time: 77 Minutes
Reviewer: Andrew Proverbs
Classification
: PG

7.5


Thor: Tales of Asgard

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 Mercedes Thor.í 

This is 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. 

When we 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 and Asgard. 

There are 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.

Veteran film and video game voice actor Matt Wolf is the standout, as Thor himself. 

As a 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.  

Thankfully 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. 

Special Features: 

Along with 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 themselves.

Also included is an episode of íThe Avengers- Earthís greatest heroes,í which pitís the Thunder God against some earthly super villains.  

Closing comments: 

It wonít 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.






 
 



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