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Old 03-01-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Basically, this movie was very entertaining, but not particularly amazing. The animation was ugly - imagine cheap PS2 graphics characters with the best XBOX 360 background CG that you've ever set eyes on - and I think it would have worked better with conventional animation. The story setup was interesting, but something about the execution came across as trite and cobbled together, as if there were bits missing from the original manga (no doubt).

However, there was one saving grace to this movie that kept it floating along nicely on a 7/10, and that was Deunan. From character design to voice acting, she was convincing, exciting, brilliant, and HAWT. My favourite bit:



I found a new entry for my favourite female characters list. ^_^
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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I wasn't as impressed by either Deunan or the film overall but I did like it, of the various CGI intensive anime action films this and its sequel Ex Machina are decent watches and a cut above the competition.

I think the characters are really shallow and worse still boring, honestly, but the action's pretty cool and the plot's decently structured.
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Old 03-01-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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Well, I think the animation is awesome even today (if you watch (pseudo)HD version at least). My favorite part is the night flight mission in this regard. Otherwise I agree with 7/10. Though I have to say there are not many movies I would rate higher than that (compared to series/OVAs).
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just changed the title to appleseed movie to avoid confusion (as the original appleseed is an ova)
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:25 PM   #5
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Nah, I just meant that the guy was blonde, blue-eyed, handsome, and wanting to wipe out an entire race. That makes him perfect Nazi Youth material, if ever I saw one.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:31 PM   #6
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Really liked the OVA but hate this movie. I can forgive lack of detail and effects (the old Toy Story or Antz) but not bad animation (Spirits Within, Appleseed). Everything looked unnatural and unbelievable. Motion capture sucks.

The script is weak. Lots of stretched "Mooommmyyyyy!" scenes.

That's about all I remember...
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:34 PM   #7
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Yeah, the motion sensor stuff was a bit too much. Movement was smooth as, but the characters were horribly garish. The backgrounds were gorgeous though, especially the stormy water.
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:50 PM   #8
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Yeah, the motion sensor stuff was a bit too much.
It was too little! For MOCAP you put an actor in a suit for a few hours and clean up for a few weeks. When the budget is gone you just say "it's real so it must be good" and stop tuning.

Contrast that with the years Pixar spend on each movie. They actually put a disclaimer in the credits of Ratatouille: 100% Pure Animation – No Motion Capture!

Now who sells better and won 2004's awards, Appleseed or The Incredibles?
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Old 03-01-2009, 03:56 PM   #9
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Haha! The only way you could sound more indignant is to put your geek rant in German. Honestly, the 'too much' is just a turn of phrase. It just means I thought it was precisely the kind of cheap, garish addition the show didn't need. Because the characters looked so horrible (only Deunan actually looked sexy to me, and that's cause if I were a lesbian, she'd be my ideal woman, and I am seriously considering going lesbo for her), and the backgrounds so lush, the motion sensor just gave the whole thing that final stamp of tackiness it really could have done without. Hence I compared it to gaming graphics.

Like motion sensor The Sims but with Metal Gear Solid 4 backgrounds. Lol.
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Now who sells better and won 2004's awards, Appleseed or The Incredibles?
Pixar are pretty much the leading giants of CGI. Nothing that anyone in Asia has done has yet to compare from what I've seen. And honestly even beside the animation The Incredibles is just a plain better movie - better written, directed, acted and scored. Who wins would be inevitable even if Appleseed were significantly better in its visual polish.
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