With the aid of a dark tone on their side, filmmakers, Joel Gibbs and Mark Cowart are able to convey some impressively sinister dialogue for the newly anointed Loki. I was impressed to see that the two clearly had a respect for their audience as well as the subject manner. This is a well-crafted, adult-oriented piece of comic book animation. The only thing that somewhat hinders the show is it relies heavily on dialogue-driven scenes as opposed to crafting grand action sequences. The live-action film was able to succeed in this respect and I really wish that BLOOD BROTHERS had some more of it. With such awesome, tough characters and the ease of animation, I expected to see some major battles going on here. Sadly, what I got was a lot of Loki pouting about being a king and surprisingly little of Thor himself (the dude is chained up in the dungeon for a long time).
Another aspect of this series that was "love it or hate it" for me was the animation itself. The detail and colors are very striking and do a cool job of enhancing the story. The few action bits are executed with some interesting flair. My main concern was that although animated, the images don't exactly move in a normal fashion. In fact, they barely move at all. I'm sure the filmmakers were going for some kind of artistic vision here in the sense that their work comes off as paintings with small sections that are set in motion every now and then. I'm not sure if I'm explaining this correctly, so maybe you really have to watch it to understand what I'm getting at. Let's put it this way: when Loki was speaking, just his mouth would move and nothing else. It looked weird.
On the whole, I'd say that for any big Thor fan, this is definitely a must-own. It does an excellent job of conveying a compelling, smart story of the Thunder God and his frosty brother. The average DVD seeker is probably going to be put off by the nearly motion-less animation and mostly action-less storyline. At least there is some talented voice work on display as well as a welcomed return to adult storytelling. Nothing cheesy about this tale, meaning that it is not one to watch while hammered.
Audio English dolby digital.
A brisk Behind-the-Scenes Featurette.
The series Trailer.