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Thor: Tales of Asgard (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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Before he ever lifted his might hammer...Fantastic journeys beckon from the mysterious nine realms. Places of dark mists and fiery voids. Of winged creatures and giants in the ice. And of the most alluring quest of all - the search for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur. Hungry for adventure, Thor secretly embarks on the journey of a lifetime, joined by his loyal brother Loki, whose budding sorcery equips him with just enough magic to conjure up trouble, along with the Warriors Three - a band of boastful travelers reluctant to set sail on any adventure that might actually be dangerous. But what starts out as a harmless treasure hunt quickly turns deadly, and Thor must now prove himself worthy of the destiny he covets by saving Asgard itself.


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3.0 out of 5 stars The youth of Thor Feb. 20 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I honestly don't know a lot about the comic book Thor. I know quite a bit about the mythological one, but I've never really been into the comic books.

So I went into "Thor: Tales of Asgard" with a fairly open mind. This cartoon is a pretty average for its first half (much coming-of-age-and-learning-responsibility plot), and the animation is not exactly great even at its best moments. But the plot is well handled, the characters are well written, and the climactic battle between Asgard, the Ice Giants, and a wild card with an unstoppable weapon.

Teenage Thor is shocked when he's told that he only wins against Asgard's greatest warriors because they have to let him, and that nobody respects him. So after Odin forbids him to go out in search of adventure, he and his reluctant brother Loki stow away on the Three Heroes' ship. Their goal: To find the legendary sword of the Fire Giant Surta, lost in the frozen wastes of Jotunheim.

Unfortunately, Odin soon discovers that not only have his sons left Asgard against his orders, but they're causing lots of mayhem wherever they go. And after finding the sword, Thor accidentally sparks off a war between Asgard and the Frost Giants, leading an army to lay siege to his home city. Now not only must the five travelers find a way home, but they must somehow avert a massive war -- and stop a deadly foe in their own number.

"Thor: Tales of Asgard" isn't the best comic book movie I've seen -- definitely not on the level of most Batman animated movies, or the Green Lantern ones. This is mainly because of the animation, which is very Saturday-morning cartoon. Simple forms, solid sheets of hair, very thick cylindrical calves, and angular figures, and pretty interchangeable faces (especially the women!).
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By Andre Lawrence TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Long before the seven-foot, blond, muscle bound, Nordic warrior is seen swinging his "Mjolnir" hammer at his clowned-costumed brother, Loki, Thor was the elder teenage prince who lived in the majestic royal court of his father Odin, King of Asgard and yearned to show his military skills.

This is a full-length feature animation film of the early years of Thor, Loki and The mystical Nine-Kingdom realm of Nordic folklore. This takes place long before he becomes the superhero most of us know him as.

This is also a brilliant piece of animated storytelling to boot.

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As someone who has bought and loved comics as a kid and more recently as a buyer of Alex Ross' "graphic novels," THOR has always been an enigma for me. I don't ever remember as a kid ANY issue of Thor where they talked about his background. Every issue was an epic battle with Loki. Those stories got old REAL quick. After awhile, I only ran into Thor when he was with the Avengers.

In THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, my many questions have been answered. This is a phenomenal animated movie. If you're familiar Nordic or Northern European folklore, many of the characterizations are present here.

This film is not in any way like a take on a television animated, this has the feel of a Disney feature. The concept was well thought out and each character/ community had very distinct personalities from the people of Asgard, to the Valkyries, to the Frost Giants.

No superheroic, super powered feats, this is a story of a father and son and the boundaries that are crossed into manhood.

For Thor, his rite of passage means to stow away aboard the "Warriors Three" ship in search of the magical Lost Sword of Sutur.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  59 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Like The Cover at All March 28 2012
By The Man With No Name - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I am a sucker for Marvel or DC animated movies. I buy them all. Sometimes I strike out. I hit a grounder with this purchase. I'll be brief. This movie is OKAY, but the cover leads you on, a lot.

Thor and Loki are very young in this, making the film feel like it was directed at kids. The action is sub par, and the animation is not up to movie quality levels. This looks like a cartoon series on Disney XD or something.

Kids will like this probably... Adult Marvel fans will be left lacking.

If this is under 10 bucks, I would say buy it, over 10, move on.

-Hope this helps.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to act grown-up June 24 2012
By Michael J. Tresca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Forget space aliens, Chris Hemwsorth, or Asgardians who happen to be space aliens. "Thor: Tales of Asgard" is an animated tale of mini-Thor (Matthew Wolf) before he became the Renaissance-festival spouting, opera-dressing, hammer-wielding Norse god we've all come to know and love.

The first thing fans will notice is the wide-eyed, clean animation of "Tales of Asgard." The colors are vibrant, the details few, and the movement just above being a choppy distraction. This is the animation that you'll likely see on Saturday morning cartoons, but when one character claims that the only thing more frigid than Nilfheim is the land of the Valkyries it's clear this is meant for a PG-13 audience. It's kind of like hearing a swear word come out of your twelve year old.

The second is that this tales is firmly set in a fantasy realm, which essentially makes it like a session of Dungeons & Dragons. There's the sorcerer who's just learning to use his magic (Rick Gomez as Loki), the perpetually grumpy fighter (Paul Dobson as Hogun), the huge lover of mead and meal (resident dwarf-like character Volstagg played by Brent Chapman), and the lover of women (the bard role played by Alistair Abell as Fandral). They're all lovable lunks in their own way - Loki's a weakling, the Warriors Three are carousing blowhards. Then there's Sif (Tara Strong)Thor's rival in arms and affection, who finds offense in the Einherjar's deference to Thor in combat. In short, Thor is a royal brat.

When he realizes that everyone is catering to him, Thor decides to strike out on his own by capturing Surtur's sword, a flaming blade capable of leveling mountains. He is pursued by Frost Giants, Odin's soldiers, and finally a drow named Algrim (Ron Halder). With his long pointed ears and white hair it's clear that the dark elf is right at home in Thor's mythology. That's right, "Tales of Asgard" is so D&D it even features a dark elf!

Thor rarely gets to use a hammer, a running joke through the film. He still talks in archaic language, which can become tiring when everyone talks that way. Things don't pick up steam until the final act, when the Frost Giants and Asgard are on the brink of war. The final showdown between surprising antagonists elevates "Tales of Asgard" above standard cartoon fare.

The writing for "Tales of Asgard" isn't bad, but the animation does it a disservice by being a little too cute for subjects like love, betrayal, and murder. Like the titular teenager himself, "Tales of Asgard" wants to be more grownup than it looks.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad. May 21 2011
By Christian Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I enjoyed the comic Thor, Son of Asgard and this animated movie followed the comic fairly well. It is an entertaining movie that has some great art. If you can sit down and enjoy a story without picking at the faults every chance you get, buy it. I will wait for it to reach the below $10 range but I don't think anyone would be dissapointed in this if they like the Young Avengers-this was the better of the two.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thor, Like You've Never Seen Him! THOR: TALES OF ASGARD: A Critical Review May 31 2011
By Andre Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
Long before the seven-foot, blond, muscle bound, Nordic warrior is seen swinging his "Mjolnir" hammer at his clowned-costumed brother, Loki, Thor was the elder teenage prince who lived in the majestic royal court of his father Odin, King of Asgard and yearned to show his military skills.

This is a full-length feature animation film of the early years of Thor, Loki and The mystical Nine-Kingdom realm of Nordic folklore. This takes place long before he becomes the superhero most of us know him as.

This is also a brilliant piece of animated storytelling to boot.

****** ********* ***********

As someone who has bought and loved comics as a kid and more recently as a buyer of Alex Ross' "graphic novels," THOR has always been an enigma for me. I don't ever remember as a kid ANY issue of Thor where they talked about his background. Every issue was an epic battle with Loki. Those stories got old REAL quick. After awhile, I only ran into Thor when he was with the Avengers.

In THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, my many questions have been answered. This is a phenomenal animated movie. If you're familiar Nordic or Northern European folklore, many of the characterizations are present here.

This film is not in any way like a take on a television animated, this has the feel of a Disney feature. The concept was well thought out and each character/ community had very distinct personalities from the people of Asgard, to the Valkyries, to the Frost Giants.

No superheroic, super powered feats, this is a story of a father and son and the boundaries that are crossed into manhood.

For Thor, his rite of passage means to stow away aboard the "Warriors Three" ship in search of the magical Lost Sword of Sutur. Along the way there's a bar fights, flying horses, trespassing on distant lands, long treks up glacial mountain tops, snow sprites and ferocious Frost sentries, leagues of Amazonian maiden warriors, a flaming sword, an avenging Dark Elf and armies marching upon the grounds of Asgard.

I don't miss the Thor of the comic book pages, this is like an illustrated page from The Lord of The Rings with all of the pomp and adventure.

In addition to this hour and fifteen minute movie is a fascinating documentary on the Making of.

This is a great introduction to the comic book hero, but unfortunately it's so good that any other Thor has to be reworked in light of it.

THOR: TALES OF ASGARD, 5 very, very big stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time Marvel! Dec 1 2011
By D. L. Haynes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This was a truly enjoyable experience not only for a fan of the comic book but as one interested in Norse mythology. Now I realize that there is an animated feature but beware it is not for younger children. The animation is excellant and the story is enjoyable with one flaw...it is too short. I want more. It was so much fun to see Thors journey from spoiled brat to noble son of Odin. I hope Marvel continues in this vein of story for its characters. They have lost alot of ground to DC who knows how to make a good animated movie based on its characters.

Another thing missing was Balder The Brave. Why does Marvel disrespect this wonderful character?

The special features are enjoyable with a behind the scenes featurette and an extra episode of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
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