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Comic Book: The Movie
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Directed By
Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill, Donna D'Errico, Billy West, Roger Rose, Jess Harnell, Lori Alan, Tom Kenny, Scott LaRose, Gary Anthony Williams, Arleen Sorkin, James Arnold Taylor, Debi Derryberry, Jill Talley, Jim Cummings, Kevin Michael Richardson, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Jonathan Winters, Tara Strong, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Ray Harryhausen, Bruce Campbell, Matt Groening, Phil Morris, Chase Masterson, Gary Owens, J.J. Abrams, Gregory Nicotero, Bill Mumy, Scott Shaw, Ron Perlman, Mike Mignola, Laura Nativo, Jeremy Bulloch, Nina Kaczorowski, Rob Paulsen, Sid Caesar, Hugh M. Hefner, Lloyd Kaufman, Doug Sakmann, Bruce W. Timm, Daran Norris, Maurice LaMarche, Joseph Burns, Bob Lange, Megan Cornelius, Gina Gatto, Tracy Butcher, Peter David, Edd Hall, Beth Hathaway, Paul Dini, Mark Evanier, Kristine Poplar, Nathan Kane, Andy Mangels, Maggie Thompson, Mark Teague, Violet Benny, Zee Miller, Matt Mariska, Christine Anderson, Junko Todaka, Amanda Elliott, Maurice LaMarche, Eric Fell, Rich Knight

Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
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Movie Review by Zara
April 29th, 2008

If I hadn't had a comic book geek for my man, I wouldn't have understood jack sh&t about this movie. A faux documentary in which Mark Hamill plays this obnoxious comic book geek obsessed with getting a faux comic book hero's story told on the big screen without the Hollywood updated revamps, this is BORING for the uninitiated. With someone sitting next to me, explaining who was what and why (and that Kevin Smith does indeed rip up his comics after he's done reading them, that part of the movie was a truth), I would have fallen asleep. I can understand the amount of care and dedication that went into making this flick, having the majority of the actors played by people who are normally voice over actors (the stoner dude with the camera did the voice for Wacko from Animaniacs, the grandson of the faux cartoonist is the voice of Fry from "Futurama"), but as someone who thinks most comic book geeks are complete losers, this was too much for me (someone who doesn't give a sh*t about comics) to handle.

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The Alpha Craig
Apr 29, 2008 3:22 PM
I have to agree with much of what she says here. This is kind of boring movie even for me (and that is saying a lot.) I enjoyed a lot of the references to characters (like dropping names like "Fighting Yank" and "Blue Beetle") and other thing only a true dork/geek would get. For the most part I was not on the side of Donald Swan (Mark Hamil). I didn't feel his plight. People (and by that I mean fan-boys) still don't get that comic book movies are not targeted exclusively towards them. They are trying to get people who have never heard of the comic books in to theatre as well. It is problematic trying to please everyone and sometimes the fans are disappointed. All I can say is that I understand, but "oh well."

Another interesting note is that this movie was filmed over the course of San Diego Comicon so many of the scenes are during the con with real interaction by real people at the cons (like with Matt Groening, David Prowes, Peter Mayhew, Jeremy Bullock, Chase Masterson, Bill Mumy, Ron Pearlman, Mike Mignola and Ray Harryhausen) that just happened to be at the con during filming. The scens with the panels were actually in conjunction with a real panel of all of the voice-over actors in the movie.

I agree that to the insider/fan/obsessed this is an interesting mocumentary, but for the most part it is not for mass consumption.

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