Hero Quest: The Movie Review by Eugene Alejandro

Hero Quest: The Movie (also called A Warriors Tail, and Savva. Heart of the Warrior) is a Russian animated movie released around the years 2015 and 2016, and has the voice acting talents of Milla Jovovich, Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, Jim Cummings, Joe Pesci, Geoffrey Cantor, Jason Harris, and Will Chase (at least for the English Dub of the movie which I am reviewing).

The story of Hero Quest is about a young boy named Savva who must save his mother and village from being sold as slaves to the Monkeys from beasts called Hyenas. On his journey, he meets the last white wolf named Angee, a baron type character named FAFL (who is cursed to have a mosquito on his shoulder all the time), a pink lemur-like creature named Puffy, and the daughter of a shaman named Nanty. Together, they all set out to find a magician for each of their own reasons, but must fight their way through the monkeys lead by the three-headed Mom JoZee.

Since I am reviewing an animated movie from Russia that was translated into English, I do want to talk about the quality of the English dubbing first. The English Dub in Hero Quest (for the most part) is really good thanks to the talented cast starring in it. Milla Jovovich especially did a great job providing the voice for the character of Savva who is male as she really does sound convincing as a male character. Whoopi Goldberg also did a good job voicing the character of Mom JoZee as she was able to combine the characters humorous and evil personalities together very well. The rest of the cast also do a solid job, except for Sharon Stone as Puffy. I say this because while she didn’t do a horrible voice acting job, it was still a weak performance because she didn’t even sound recognizable, and the voice she gave to the character was just annoying to me (the character in general is also annoying).

The movie’s computer animation is really solid. The backgrounds, some of the character designs, the movements are all done very well, and the lip-syncing animation for the English Dub perfectly matches what the characters are saying. I don’t want to spoil the movie, but a Dragon does show up in it, and the design of it as well the quality of it’s animation and how it moves is spectacular. There are some moments however when the animation isn’t all that good. For the most part, the human characters look a bit cartoonish for the film’s tone, and that’s pretty much the only weak part of the animation for me.

The movie’s music and soundtrack is another thing that I can praise to an extant in this movie as it instruments used to make the music are handled very well and help with the movies tone, and the two songs that play during the movie are sung great. The only part of the music and soundtrack that I didn’t like was the ending credits song. The ending credits song is a mix of pop and rap (at least of what I heard of it) which I found to be out of place for the movie. I know it’s just a credits song, but I still wanted to talk about it.

Now for the part of the movie that I didn’t like, and that is how the story flows sometimes. To elaborate, there are parts of the plot and feel very rushed, and sometimes whenever it would change to another scene, it would do it by fading to black as if it was a made-for-television movie that would go to commercial. The story itself isn’t horrible, but I felt that it needed to have been told a little bit better. Also, some scenes in the movie feel completely pointless and random (which doesn’t help the story at all).

After all that I have said about Hero Quest: The Movie, it is a harmless mediocre computer-animated fantasy movie that does have a solid cast who give good voice acting performances (except for Sharon Stone), decent looking animation, and good enough music and soundtrack score, and an average fantasy plot with some writing issues that aren’t too bad, but are still noticeable.

I give Hero Quest: The Movie 3/5 Stars.


Kickstarter Comic Book Promo: Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars

An independent comic book publisher known as Stranger Comics has gotten the rights to make an official comic book adaptation of the Vampire Hunter D short story Message from Cecile titled Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars that is currently being funded on Kickstarter with only 29 days left before it ends. For those that don’t know, Vampire Hunter D is a Japanese novel series created by Hideyuki Kikuchi (the writer) and Yoshitaka Amano (the illustrator) that’s about a human/vampire hyrbid hunter named D with the setting taking place in a post-apocalyptic future. Vampire Hunter D is very popular with there currently being 30 novels of the main series, two anime film adaptations, a video game, a manga adaptation, an upcoming animated series, and a rumored live action motion picture. Stranger Comics has set up a Kickstarter campaign as a means to afford the budget to get their comic book adaptation in the Vampire Hunter D franchise published. Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars will be written by Brandon Easton, and illustrated by Michael Broussard. If you want to know about the publisher Stranger Comics, here is the link to their official website.

Here is the link to the Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars Kickstarter campaign so that you can help make this comic come to life:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1951067948/vampire-hunter-d-message-from-mars

Kickstarter Comic Book Promo: Gears and Bones Volume 1 (Rebooted Version)

Guardian Knight Comics has re-launched their Kickstarter campaign for Gears and Bones Volume 1. This campaign now needs $5,000 in order to get printed. Gears and Bones is a fantasy comic created by Apple De La Fuente, written by Andrew P. Anderson, and has artwork by¬†Osvaldo Montpeller. This crowdfunding campaign has 26 days left before it ends. Guardian Knight Comics is an independent comic book publisher that needs all the support they can get to have Gears and Bones Volume 1 finally happen. Please check out their website, please purchase their comics to read digitally on ComiXogoly, and please like their official facebook page. You can also buy Guardian Knight Comics’s titles on TFAW, and DriveThruComics.

Here is the link to the Gears and Bones Volume 1 Kickstarter campaign.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/guardianknightcomics/gears-and-bones-vol-1-trade

Kickstarter Comic Book Promo: Silence: Track Two

Silence: Track Two is the second issue of Devin Kraft’s self-published series Silence that just like the Silence: Track One, is being funded on Kickstarter. Silence is a comic that uses music, and is about a band that must stop sirens from leading men in ships to their doom, and is created, written, illustrated, lettered and colored by Devin Kraft. Silence is not the first self-published comic Devin Kraft has made that he used Kickstarter to get the funding for. What I’m talking about is his series Dragon Slayer that is currently available to purchase on Devin’s Etsy Shop, and on ComiXology.¬†Devin Kraft is a artist with a lot of talent and passion, and has made artwork of almost every character in comics, anime and manga, film and television, and video games. Silence: Track Two needs $4,000 in order to get printed, and has 29 days left before it ends. If you want to see Devin Kraft’s fantastic art, please check out his website, DeviantArt page, and Tumblr page. If you also want to support him even more, please purchase his work from his Etsy shop, and buy his comics to read digitally on ComiXology.

Here is the link to the Kickstarter campaign of Silence: Track Two.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cheshirecatart/silence-track-two