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Firebreather (Blu-ray Review)

6 Apr, 2011 By: Angelique Flores

$19.97 DVD, $28.99 Blu-ray
Not rated.
Voices of Jesse Head, Dana Delany, Kevin Michael Richardson.

Firebreather is Cartoon Network’s screen adaptation of the comic book about a half-dragon teen named Duncan.

Half human from his mom Margaret’s side, half kaiju (dragony creature) from his dad Belloc’s side, Duncan has superhuman strength, the ability to fly and fire-breathing abilities that he can’t fully control.

But all he wants is to be normal. The dorky Duncan just doesn’t fit in with the other kids at school. Add to that his strange appearance and abilities, not to mention a mostly absent dad who wants him to rule the kaiju, and Duncan has more than your usual teen angst.

Margaret wants Duncan to have as regular a life as possible, with an emphasis on his studies. But Belloc tracks down Duncan to show him his powers and pass on his King of the Kaiju torch. Duncan wants nothing to do with him, but also feels that he doesn’t really fit in at school either.

The film feels like it’s part Japanese animation, part American CGI. Most of the movie plays out like a live-action dramedy with interesting and engaging character development, but with plenty of explosions and fight scenes. The end is a bit rushed, though still satisfying.

Bonus materials are extensive here, especially for those interested in the making of animated films. Included are a deleted scene, animated storyboards with a temporary audio track, drawings of the character designs to show the different looks the animators explored and a 2D clip of the animation test, which is like a test drive of the full animated film before the full CG render.

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