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Speaking of Conan...

I am highly intrigued by this, among other reasons because it has Beast/Clayface/Fiery Blaze himself, Ron Perlman, as everyone's favorite Cimmerian, and Mark "What Star Wars? I do voices!" Hamill as Tolkemec.

"Red Nails" is an ... interesting ... choice of story to do as an animated film. It is possibly the darkest, grimmest Conan story Howard ever wrote, sort of a "Fall of the House of Usher" meets She, with a bit of Deliverance thrown in for extra creepiness. Even if you excise the scenes of quasi-lesbian sadism, you still have an insular, inbreeding society collapsing in on itself in a particularly bloodthirsty manner.

I half wonder if maybe it was chosen because it was one of the few Conan stories that actually has Valeria in it, as opposed to the Valeria/Bêlit amalgamation in Conan the Barbarian. Other than that, I'm not sure why it would be the piece chosen for this venture. I would have expected "The Phoenix on the Sword", Hour of the Dragon, or perhaps "People of the Black Circle" -- more typically action-oriented stuff, rather than the dark psychological stew of "Red Nails".

-The Gneech

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xoagray
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm just quizically trying to wrap my brain around the thought of a Conan cartoon. I'm sure it's not the first, but the idea seems very forign to me. I'm in part, wondering what it would be like, and in part wondering if I really want to know.

*laughs*
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the_gneech
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
There have been two animated Conan series, actually, and they were both awful. This, having the virtue of not being made as "a kiddie show" hopefully will not be saddled with the problem of "Conan the Smarmy Do-Gooder".

Speaking of which, I've read that "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" was originally intended to be a Conan license, but that plan was scrubbed due to the "not-wholesome-and-kid-friendly" nature of ol' Conan.

-TG
xoagray
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Damn, that was quick, you watchin' this thing or something. *laughs* I just noticed that it took like 4 minutes for you to reply. Heh, it's odd that I actually do the same, but I happen to be doing my email, and LJ at the same time today.

Anyway, yeah, it seems like having Conan as a goody goody (He was always more chaotic good if anything) would take away from the character a lot. And I could believe that Masters of the Universe could have been a Conan plot. Othre than the transforming prince, and some of the side characters, they share some ground.

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the_gneech
Nov. 8th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to distract myself from work, which is sitting on my head and crushing it. ;P

I would presume the whole "transforming prince" silliness was added after the decision was made to disconnect the property from Conan.

-TG
xoagray
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
That's not work, I bet if you look behind you, you'll see a dude pressing his forefinger to his thumb and eyeing you intently.

*snickers*
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mecampbellesq
Nov. 9th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person that thought that teh Conan Animated series blew atomic chunks, but there were actually TWO?!?
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the_gneech
Nov. 8th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, very neat, no question! =) Just an odd choice.

The one I'd really like to see, actually, is "Rogues In the House" -- but that would make a pretty short movie!

-The Gneech
jugularjaguar
Nov. 9th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
voices
Mark Hamil also did an uncredited voice in the "Wizards"
c_eagle
Nov. 10th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
ooo yeah, Hamill is a kick!
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