From the blockbuster movie The Watchmen comes this impressive
cartoon from Warner Bros which compliments not only the movie but
also the graphic novel itself. For the initiated, The Watchmen
revolved around the analogy of "Who Watches the Watchmen" which
featured a social commentary of superheroes and how they may
interact with the world of politics and man.
The graphic novel was
masterfully written by Alan Moore and was pencilled by artist Dave
Gibbons that became a cult hit in the world of comics and when fans
heard it was coming to the big screen, there were shouts of joy. So
where exactly does the Watchmen: Tales Of The Black Freighter ties in with
Although a reference is made in the movie of this
"non-existent" comic, the graphic novel goes into more detail as we
see a young boy reading this comic that revolves around a crew of
the damned of a ghost ship.
The main theme behind this story is
about a man who is forced to become something that he despises and there
are also strong links to the movie, the Watchmen
Although this cartoon was
to be part of the movie, unfortunately due to time constraints, it
was cut from the film and thankfully viewers can now experience this
25-minute film about the crew of the Black Freighter in the
story entitled "Marooned". Featuring drama, action and
quite a large amount of animated core, we could happily recommend
this feature to fans of the superhero or animated (ala anime) genre.
the DVD does shine is through the special features which includes a
featurette entitled Under the Hood which puts together a variety
of thoughts and ideas from Moore's originally premise that neatly
creates some fictional stories and even fake "archival" clips of these
super heroes. Best of all, the actors from the movie lend themselves
to these fictional interviews that include Stephen McHattie as
Mason and Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter to name a few of the stars.
Definitely a must have to compliment the extraordinary movie!