Wednesday, July 18, 2007

STAN LEE PRESENTS: THE CONDOR

In the category of "better than I expected," comes the animated movie STAN LEE PRESENTS: THE CONDOR (2006), written by comics vet Marv Wolfman and directed by Steven Gordon, based on a concept by Stan "The Man" Lee.

This animated film tells the origin story of a young Latino superhero called The Condor, alias Tony Valdez (Wilmer Valderrama, THAT 70’S SHOW). After his scientist parents are murdered by their evil business partner and his legs crippled, Tony uses their experimental cybernetic technology and becomes a superhero with a high-tech skateboard.

Not a lot of originality in the story, but the animation by Film Roman (the studio behind the same company’s HELLBOY ANIMATED features) is solid TV fare, the script by pro Wolfman deftly fleshes out the characters and sets things up with some style. Voice work is competent, and the overall result is a pleasant – if predictable – superhero adventure.

Starz Home Entertainment gives THE CONDOR a rock-solid 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, with a robust Dolby 5.1 Surround sound track. Both English and Spanish 2.0 tracks are also provided. Extras include a corny on-screen intro by Lee, a Behind-the-scenes featurette, a couple of art galleries and a DVD game.

A decent superhero cartoon with an appealing hero, THE CONDOR is worth a rental for comic book animation fans.

BUY: Stan Lee Presents - The Condor