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Big Screen Roos! [Dec. 3rd, 2012|09:03 pm]

What's the best kangaroo movie?

Kangaroo Jack
Warriors of Virtue
Tank Girl
...Wait, that's a genre?

[User Picture]From: furtech
2012-12-04 06:28 am (UTC)
Man, all of those films have some serious problems: KJ=insipid, with the only good Kangaroo scene a dream sequence, like the good scene from "Snowdogs"; WoV=booring, kiddy-flick-- but at least they tried*; Tank Girl: pretty good, actually...but the whole film should have been animated; Matilda=uh.

I'm assuming you're only including live-action films. Which should include "Joey" (eh, live action, with a real kangaroo) and "Me and You, Kangaroo"-- another boy-raises-kangaroo film ("eh").

If you're talking great kangaroo costumes, you forgot "Storybook" (aka, "the Enchanted Attic"), a kid-fantasy film with a pretty neat kangaroo character and a giant snake:
Storybook Trailer:

Storybook's kangaroo character costume is a great design, though his name is "Pouch", despite the costume being a correctly pouchless male. The movement of the tail and body of the costume is fantastic!

*And don't get me started on WoV2: ACK!! No kangaroos whatsoever! After you spend a huge chunk of the film wondering where the hell the kangaroos are, they finally explain that they were "transformed" into humans! Money back, plz!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-12-04 07:03 am (UTC)
Yes, I was going for live-action anthropomorphized kangaroo films. (I've seen those listed except for Kangaroo Jack.)

Wow, the "Storybook" character designs do look interesting. I might have to check that out at some point. Never heard of it!

I wasn't aware they even made a sequel to Warriors of Virtue... Did it really do that well? And no kangaroos? Rip off.

Kudos to your knowledge of movie costumery. Love it. :)
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2012-12-04 08:45 am (UTC)
I am teh kingz of costume-geekery!

The 'roo in Storybook is a fantastic mover: he bounces around a lot and the costume as a whole moves beautifully. The person who designed it knew what they were doing. The film is some kind of labor of love: not a blockbuster kind of wonderful, but a lot of neat touches (with James Doohan, Richard Moll and Milton Berle!). The kangaroo and the snake are pretty neat.

WoV2 was an insult. Aside from some flashy lights, there was virtually -no- fantasy elements. No animals, no Kangaroo warriors, and even flatter acting performances than the first one (human-wise). I have no idea why they even associated the sequel with the first film. Definitely worth passing on.

On the other hand, the novelizations of the film and novel sequels were quite good! Nice writing and stories with real substance-- you can imagine my disappointment when the "sequel" had nothing to do with the books.
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[User Picture]From: faolruadh
2012-12-04 11:44 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-12-05 02:55 am (UTC)
I was sticking to non-animation roos. Though I'll admit I haven't heard of Dot and the Kangaroo before. Movie version is rated fairly highly on IMDB, too.
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2012-12-04 07:37 am (UTC)
Wow, looking at that list you really have to feel sorry for the roos.
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2012-12-04 11:22 am (UTC)
I... haven't seen any of those.
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[User Picture]From: henriekeg
2012-12-04 04:13 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2012-12-04 04:47 pm (UTC)
Tank Girl and Warriors of Virtue are worth seeing...Storybook is worth fast-forwarding to see the Pouch bits...Kangaroo Jack only has one great dream sequence (otherwise it's just a real kangaroo). You can find the cool segment on Youtube: here's one!


Edited at 2012-12-04 04:59 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2012-12-04 11:30 pm (UTC)
*waves a beer around* What do you know about kangaroo films? The best kangaroo movie, THE best kangaroo movie, is Dot and the Kangaroo.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-12-05 02:50 am (UTC)
Ha ha! Perfect. :D
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