5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding movie!
i saw this movie a long time ago when i was a kid. i found it at best buy and i knew i had to have it. i am still a big G.I. Joe fan to this day! i used to own almost all the vehicles and soldiers when i was a kid and they are all long gone but the movie lives on! one thing that touches my heart is the opening scene. the opening scene was outstanding! the song they...
Published on July 18 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Lights! Camera! Cobra!
An enjoyable movie, with an interesting orgin of Cobra. Finally, we sort of get a glimpse of what Cobra Commander looked like under his hood. I felt sorry for the Commander when he was turned into a snake. I wished there were more extras, such as a short look behind the scenes. Got to love those PSAs! "And knowing is half the battle!" I find it highly amusing that...
Published on May 21 2004 by arashi-itybt1
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding movie!,
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This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)i saw this movie a long time ago when i was a kid. i found it at best buy and i knew i had to have it. i am still a big G.I. Joe fan to this day! i used to own almost all the vehicles and soldiers when i was a kid and they are all long gone but the movie lives on! one thing that touches my heart is the opening scene. the opening scene was outstanding! the song they created for this movie was very good. it made me feel great deep down inside when duke raised the american flag and once again, the Joes save the day. i am in the military and very patriotic towards our country. Even though times have changed and most kids now dont know much about G.I. Joe, i will make sure that my kids will learn about it! YO JOE!!
4.0 out of 5 stars good but not great,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)This movie was good, but i was disappointed. that whole cobra la thing just ruined the movie. they could've done much better. i think they just got extremely lazy with the movie. this movie is probably what sealed the fate of G.I. Joe. I felt really bad for cobra commander. i mean, REALLY REALLY bad. It did introduce some new characters but got rid of some old ones. so i give it 3 out of 5.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, BUT not better than Transformers the movie,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)This is the SECOND greatest animated movie made in America.
The opening 10 minutes is so amazing!!!! The camera moves smoothly through a fighting sequence without cutting to another camera angle. And that was created without the use of high tech computer special effects that is used in current cartoons.
I love this G.I. Joe movie, but the title of "Greatest American Animated Movie" best belongs to Transformer the movie. Buy that and this together!!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars Lights! Camera! Cobra!,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)An enjoyable movie, with an interesting orgin of Cobra. Finally, we sort of get a glimpse of what Cobra Commander looked like under his hood. I felt sorry for the Commander when he was turned into a snake. I wished there were more extras, such as a short look behind the scenes. Got to love those PSAs! "And knowing is half the battle!" I find it highly amusing that Burgess Meredith (who voiced Golobulus), also starred in the 1945 live action movie called "The Story of G.I. Joe"! Is that an odd coincedence? I eagerly wait the release of the rest of the G.I. Joe series. The scene from "Arise, Serpenter, Arise", where Cobra Commander cheers on Sargent Slaughter during Slaughter's fight with Serpenter is downright hilliarious! "Come on, Slaughter, kick his fangs in!" The movie had some great animation, and the voice work was fantastic! Cobra! Yo Joe!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the GREATEST MOVIE EVER MADE,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)This movie is without a doubt the best movie ever made. A perfect ending to the perfect cartoon series. It also introduced the awesome villains of Cobra-La, especially Golobulus ( played by Burgess Meredith). Also, this movie shows you the origin of Cobra Commander and what he really looks like behind that mask. Anyone who enjoys GOOD stories or G.I. Joe or even just 80's cartoons will love this
3.0 out of 5 stars Is my 80s-ness showing?,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)Although I enjoyed the TransFormers toys much more than their fellow 80s Hasbro phenomenon G.I. Joe®-- 'cuz cars that can change into robots and back are way cooler than a buncha dumb ol' action figures any day of the week-- I found the Joe cartoon show just as entertaining, and not quite as hokey as the adventures of Optimus & Co. In fact, just the other day I had acquired one of those TransFormers Alternators thingies (read all about my misadventures with this new acquisition in the reviews section at www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000XO8DW/qid=1079586717/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-0457490-8406223?v=glance&s=toys), and I watched G.I. Joe The Movie whilst I attempted to convert my new plaything into robot mode... without referrin' to the instruction sheet (which is something we TransFans of the macho persuasion do, 'natch). I hadn't seen it in quite some time, although I still remembered a few moments back when I had first caught it on the local indie channel. Such moments as Tunnel Rat bustin' out of the side of some worm-creature that had just swallowed him moments earlier, and the new head heavy (Golobulus, voiced by a guy who starred in the REAL story of G.I. Joe several decades prior) gettin' stabbed in his big ol' eyeball (the actual act was depicted from a distance, so it wasn't too gory). Yeah, yeah, I know-- "why do you only remember the movie's more disgusting scenes?" you're askin' yourself. What, did'ja think I was gonna fondly recall the cohesive plot, the plausible story line, and the Oscar-worthy performances? Gimme a freakin' break!
Anyhoo, I found myself geekin big-time to the opening credits sequence (sans credits) featuring the Joes defending the Statue of Liberty against a Cobra assault. If you've never seen the series this mo-pic was based on, this moment alone is a wonderful showcase of the show's most notable idiosyncrasies, including lotsa explosions & destruction, near-misses, brief fist fights, and some spectacular property damage... with nary a fatality in sight. Kinda like 'The A-Team', only with slightly more believable storylines and characters. Throw in appearances by just about all the notable Joe & Cobra characters (three-fourths of whom either won't show up again for the rest of the movie or have brief non-speaking appearances), the usual dumb plot by Cobra Commander to 'send a message' to his foes (an attempt to blow up the Statue of Liberty) whilst going way overboard on the use of equipment and personnel to convey this message, and a good @$$-kickin' on the enemy by our heroes. Top it all off with a corny yet oddly catchy extended rendition of the G.I. Joe theme song that plays throughout this skirmish, and you've got the basic format of just about every 'Joe 'toon ever made. Weird thing is, I could watch just this scene alone several times in a row without tirin' of it... and I usually do. Sometimes without even bothering to watch the rest of the show...
While I found G.I. Joe: The Movie's animation quite good (though not quite up to the level of the TransFormers flick), and the plot pretty decent for all its silly cartoon cheesiness (gaping plot holes, unbelievable escapes, blatant disregard for the laws of physics, etc), there were a few characters that hit the red zone of my annoy-o-meter. Take Sgt. Slaughter, for example: here he proved that, as loud and obnoxious as he was when he was doin' his pre-match interviews for the WWF, he's even LOUDER and MORE OBNOXIOUS whilst voicing his animated persona, known as... er, Sgt. Slaughter. Okay, so his role here wasn't much of a stretch-- big whoop. Fortunately, he gets a few finishing moves in on one of the Cobra-La bad@$$es near the end, which looked more realistic than the ones he had in his live-action repertoire. Another pesty denizen of this notable 'toon-flick is the b-ball-jerseyed Big Lob, whose play-by-play banter made me long for the gushings of the original March Madman Dick Vitale.
Also included amongst this action epic is the unmasking of Cobra Commander after he gets hit with some mutated spores that gradually turn him into a (surprise!) snake. Sadly, I found this moment a bit of a letdown; in my opinion, they should'a kept the devious former Cobra leader's facial appearance a secret. I mean, ya never saw what Snake Eyes, Orko, or Dr. Claw looked like underneath their disguises, didja? Oh wait, they put out an action figure of Dr. Claw some time back that revealed his countenance (www.midnightsociety.com/web/Finds/Shopping/Drclaw/DrClaw.html), didn't they? Eh, strike that last one, then...
But for all the silliness that goes on in the movie, the most amusing part of this DVD is the selection of those immortal public service announcements that popped up just before closing credits roll in each episode to help assuage parents' concerns about the show bein' not much more than a half-hour-long toy commercial (yeah, RIGHT...). Speakin' of commercials, this DVD also features a couple classic G.I. Joe toy ads from the 60s, both of which I found kinda neat despite their relatively primitive look. But, back to the PSAs: each one features one of the Joes layin' down such wisdom to the kiddies as keepin' away from downed power lines, not approaching stray dogs, and bein' sure to plan ahead, all in quick & easy to digest clips. The ending line that graces each one of these PSAs is the reason why your mid-twenty-something-to-early-thirty-something co-worker always replies, "And knowing is half the battle!" every time you say "I know", or some variation thereof. 'Course, bein' the inquisitive type I was, every time I heard this phrase I'd immediately start wonderin' what the OTHER half of the battle was. I'd also be wonderin' why the G.I. Joe tag line is "A real American hero" when the toys were made in China and the movie's animation was done in Japan. I guess I'm just a stickler for irony...
5.0 out of 5 stars The most memorable animated movie ever,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)How can anyone have ANYTHING bad to say about this movie? From the time it was first aired to this very day I have yet to find an equal to Cobrala. (What I would give to have back my action figures from the movie... RE-Release them...PLEASE!!)
I'm a writer, and this movie still weaves its way into my imagination almost every time I sit down to write.
No Joe fan has ANY excuse to miss it!
4.0 out of 5 stars classic cartoon history,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)one of the best cartoon movies of the 80's. this one ranks only behind Transformers The Movie for TV show tie ins. What makes me sad is that this is the last of the original Sunbow animation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surrealistic Militaristic,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)This movie unleased the true origin of Cobra Commander and the race of underground reptile people (whom some conspiratorial circles believe exist). Awesome power struggles between the Frankensteinian Serpentor and and our favourite Chrome-Dome. I remembering not liking this as much as the earlier cartoons because of its unabashed escapism, now I like it even more for that very same reason. Jerry Bruckheimer, you KNOW you want to make a live action sequel to this movie starring Mila Jovavich as the Baroness, Tiny "Zeus" Lister as Destro, Ben Affleck as Duke, Cobra Commander as a no-name voiced by the guy who voiced Gollum/Smeagol, John Malkovich as Dr. Mindbender, and Benicio Del Toro as Serpentor. Oh yes, I see this in my crystal ball, so it shall be...
5.0 out of 5 stars Best. Movie. Ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111one,
This review is from: G.I. Joe:the Movie (DVD)This is the greatest movie in the history of everything. I could die happy if I was summarily executed with a dessert eagle at point blank if I had watched this movie immediately beforehand. Lieutenant Falcon is perhaps the biggest pimp in the world.Just watching him makes my pimp hand grow stronger. Men these days are not badasses anymore like they used to be. No one has names like "Sgt. Slaughter," "Falcon" or "Duke." Back when men were men and women were women and communists knew their place, these people dominated. This movie was BY FAR the best thing to come out of the 80's. If you don't like this movie you don't deserve to be called an American. Pinko. I only hope to god that the next time Cobrala comes up with another devious plot to conquer the world that men will still have 1% the courage that the G.I. Joes had. Otherwise may God have mercy on our souls. This is for me. This is for Duke. And this is for the U.S. of A!!!!!!!!!11one
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