DVD Review: Planet Hulk
By Malice Intended
Upon realizing what has transpired, Hulk flies into a rage and smashes the cockpit to pieces. This sends the ship off course and crashes it on the Planet Sakaar. The Hulk is quickly captured and forced to fight as a gladiator for the pleasure of the Red King and the people being oppressed under his tyrannical rule. The Hulk’s displays of awesome strength and unbridled rage on the battle field make him a champion of the people, much to the chagrin of the Red King.
Though Lionsgate has yet to produce a feature that truly transcends the world of straight to DVD superhero cartoons, they have undoubtedly maintained a level of consistency. Planet Hulk benefits from its science fantasy setting and the portrayal of the Hulk as a reluctant and rather disgruntled hero. These qualities help the project to stand out from previous offerings from Marvel Animation.
The character designs are simplistic, incorporating angular shapes, with no complex or highly detailed images in the characters and landscapes. This isn’t expensive animation with high frame rates, but the creative team makes the most of their relatively limited resources. The overall quality is consistent; never detracting from the story or the action.
The action sequences are gloriously over the top and allow for a level of violence not normally associated with superhero cartoons. Bladed weapons slice flesh, severe limbs and impale combatants. Fists impact skulls with bone shattering force. Blood trickles from mouths and spatters in droplets on the battle field. Such elements are used sparingly and are never gratuitous; mostly meant to punctuate the savagery of Sakaar.