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Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-who-will-ruin-it-by-playing-minmay dept.
dominique_cimafranca writes "Classic anime cult favorite "Robotech" may be next for the big screen live action treatment, if recent news from SciFi.com's SCI FI Wire is to be believed. Tobey Maguire will produce and may star in the film. The article says 'Warner Brothers Pictures picked up the rights to Robotech, which features giant robots known as mechas. Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.'" I wonder if they'll go back to the Macross source material when plotting the movie... there's a lot more good substance there then in our version.
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Robotech Heading to Big Screen, Starring Toby Maguire

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    in spectacular "me too" action!

    As long as he doesn't f-it up along the lines of Spiderman III. Of course, Transformers mostly sucked too. Maybe the higher-level storyline in Robotech will allow for a better movie? Go go Hollywood crap pump!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by MBraynard (653724)
      Considering the source material for Transformers, just how could you have made a live action movie any different when space alien robots decided to transform into truck to fight compat jets?
      • Considering the source material for Transformers, just how could you have made a live action movie any different when space alien robots decided to transform into truck to fight compat jets?
        Drop the "my brother" crap from Optimus & Megatron, and just let them beat each other a'la a good ol' monster movie?

        NO ONE went to the movie for the storyline. They went to see giant robots fighting. So, with that being the case -- why make a crap story?
        • Drop the "my brother" crap from Optimus & Megatron, and just let them beat each other a'la a good ol' monster movie?

          NO ONE went to the movie for the storyline. They went to see giant robots fighting. So, with that being the case -- why make a crap story?


          I went to see Megan Fox. don't tell my GF.
    • by xero314 (722674) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @04:59PM (#20531349)
      Maybe they can follow this up with a live action Urotsukidoji [wikipedia.org]. I mean if they were able to bring The Story of Riki [wikipedia.org] to the big screen live action style, I can't see why they can't do the same for tentacled demonic sex.
      • by Rande (255599)
        There is already live action 'La Blue Girl' for your tentacle rape needs.

        (Which er, sucked.)
  • The version we got in the US is much more "Hollywood-like": It has romance, a love circle, heroes fighting to save the country/planet/whatever, and nearly-stereotypical villains.
    • by TomHandy (578620) <tomhandy&gmail,com> on Sunday September 09, 2007 @10:55AM (#20528421)
      To be fair, the original Japanese version of Macross has that too - that isn't specifically the difference between Robotech and the original source material.
      • Robotech is just a big rip-off of Battletech anyway.
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by man_of_mr_e (217855)
          Uhh.. actually, it's the other way around.

          Battletech, was actually the second version of the game. The orignal (which I still have a copy of) was called Battledroids. Both came after Robotech (well, actually after the japanese version - Macross), which itself was likely influenced by such shows as Battle of the planets, Star Blazers, and Voltron. (all of which are the American names for Japanese series, often totally unrelated to the storylines of the american versions)

          See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat [wikipedia.org]
    • Yeah, honestly. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Valdrax (32670) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:10AM (#20528525)
      Anyone who thinks that a Hollywood, live-action movie remake of an extremely long running cartoon show is somehow going to be more true to the original story than the American cartoon has never, ever, in their entire life watched any American movie based on a cartoon or video game.

      Ever.

      Posing the question is tantamount to trolling on the front page.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by garcia (6573)
        Anyone who thinks that a Hollywood, live-action movie remake of an extremely long running cartoon show is somehow going to be more true to the original story than the American cartoon has never, ever, in their entire life watched any American movie based on a cartoon or video game.

        How is that any different than the vast majority of any Hollywood produced films based upon any previously written storyline? They always change the ending and fuck up a good bit of the story along the way and it's part of why wa
        • by PCM2 (4486)

          How is that any different than the vast majority of any Hollywood produced films based upon any previously written storyline? They always change the ending and fuck up a good bit of the story along the way and it's part of why watching a movie based on a novel you have already read generally sucks.

          Not always, though. The movie "Fight Club" was better than the book. "Master and Commander" took a lot of liberties but was an admirable representation of the source material. The "Godfather" movies were WAY b

          • A lot of Robotech fans would welcome Hasbro-made Robotech toys, given that as it stands right now the only Robotech toys available are made by smaller toy companies that don't have Hasbro's economy of scale--so as a result, the toys we get are generally poorly made and cost $80-100 and up each.

            The last major American toy company to be involved with the production of a Robotech series, Matchbox, had to pull out of the Sentinels production due to the rising yen and as a result the show's production failed. Si
            • Actually (AFAIK), the last major toy company involved in producing Robotech toys was Playmates Toys, who ran a fairly complete series of Robotech figures at reasonable prices under the Exosquad label in the 1990s. So says the VF-1S Veritech and Male Zentraedi Power Armor standing on my desk.

              • I know. They weren't involved in producing a show, however, and all they did was reissue a few of the old Matchbox toys.
          • by demi (17616) *

            Thank you for mentioning Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and I'll raise you Jaws.

      • I would expect that it would just cover one of the arcs. I think the Macross Saga is about 36 episodes, and quite a bit of it was filler anyways.

        I really don't have any hopes, but it should be possible if they tried or cared. That's the problem, they really can't care.
    • The version we got in the US is much more "Hollywood-like": It has romance, a love circle, heroes fighting to save the country/planet/whatever, and nearly-stereotypical villains.

      Presumably in Japan, they get the same things, except the villain gets the love circle, where upon he (or it, as the case may be) engages in non consensual tentacle sex with many underage girls each with strangely large innocent eyes. Lollipops and cute pink dresses are optional. The villain entity, being unsure which human orifice
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Apparently, all the mechs in this re-write, will be powered by stored energy of Cory Doctorow's ego.
  • by Chas (5144) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @10:44AM (#20528371) Homepage Journal
    Part of me is going:

      OOOH! AHHG! YES!

    But another part of me is wondering how well this is going to translate into live action. And whether or not it's going to wind up stepping all over the beloved (though flawed) series that introduced so many people to anime.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Ms.Otaku (1065768)
      Just as long as they improve the music, oh please let them improve the music. Even as a kid the english version concert episodes made me want to clap my hands to my ears and roll on the floor in agony.
      • by buswolley (591500)
        I liked the music.... After I made it through 7 episodes.. It grew on me.. its catchy, you'll sing it to yourself. and its instantly recognizable.
      • "Just as long as they improve the music, oh please let them improve the music. Even as a kid the english version concert episodes made me want to clap my hands to my ears and roll on the floor in agony."

        Stage lights.. flashing! The feeling smashing! This is my time to be a star!!!!
    • by certron (57841) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:12AM (#20528539)
      What I am perhaps most worried about is that they will try to cram the three chapters/ages of what we know as Robotech in the US into one movie. This would be a mistake, I feel. However, I would also hope they would take enough time for some character development. Roy Fokker plays a huge role in the first chapter, even if he is... otherwise indisposed. Will I care, at that point in the film, that he is making an exit? Will the characters of Claudia and Rick, believably?

      One thing that they absolutely need: an orchestra.
      One thing they can do without in a movie, but which was crucial to the series: a narrator.

      I almost want to say the first arc could be made into a trilogy by itself. The discovery, development, training, the first fold, being lost, death, first contact(s), spies, micronization, destruction, reconstruction, more destruction, etc are going to be hard to squeeze into a single movie, even if it turns into "Dances with Bretai" and is 3 hours long. The main problem I had with The Sentinels was that we were introduced to a whole new alien race, find out they are bad, and see them defeated in the span of 90 minutes. While I'm sure part of it is latent Comic Book Guy "It was better when I was 8 years old" feelings, I'm pretty sure they would have taken 5 episodes of introduction and explanation for me to care that anything happened to them.

      For some reason, when thinking about the Mospedia chapter, I keep thinking of the danger room from X-Men III. Mostly, the scrapyards.

      • by wellingj (1030460)
        I think if you would have read the books your ideas about the Sentinels would be different.
        • by certron (57841)
          The first thought was "Different good or different bad?" and then I realized I had meant to say Shadow Chronicles instead of Sentinels... It's kinda funny what a slip like that can mean. Now that my intent is different, is your comment perhaps even more relevant?

          Still, different good or different bad?
      • by Bodrius (191265)
        Although I understand and share the fear for the misused narrator, I'm not sure how it would work otherwise for Robotech / Macross (whichever version they want to present).

        With the timeline of the series, it would be very difficult to handle the necessary exposition otherwise.
        Even the lamest narrator is preferable to the Asimovian-style dialogues that plague SF movies otherwise.

        Even so, I cannot help but be skeptical about this effort, even if they restricted themselves to the Macross 'age'.

        Cramming the sto
    • Flaws in original programming never seem to be a problem.

      Take Red Dwarf. The first three series were filmed on cheap sets, with minimal budgets, and, well, the props were mostly crap. And yet the result was pure gold. Never before had I encountered something so funny that I almost pissed myself laughing.

      The problem arise when people with big budgets try to recapture that, it never seems to work. In the case of Red Dwarf the final three series were well funded, had lots of resources, and the result was at be
    • Part of me is going:

      OOOH! AHHG! YES!

      But another part of me is wondering how well this is going to translate into live action. And whether or not it's going to wind up stepping all over the beloved (though flawed) series that introduced so many people to anime.

      I'm going to spoil it for you: this movie's gonna go down like slugs on toast. There's no way it's going to be good from an objective point of view. There's also no way it will be subjectively as good, either. I was a kid when I first encountered Robotech. I encountered it when I was like nine or ten. It appealed to me at first because it was animated and had transforming robots. But once I got into the story, holy shit. Love, loss, death, consequences, this was not just some Transformers knock-off. Why di

  • by Channard (693317) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @10:44AM (#20528373) Journal
    Clearly, nothing can beat the stop motion awesomeness that was Robot Jox.
  • I've got a big screen, in my TV room. My 50" set is a large fraction of the size of many movies I see in theaters, especially when I go see a fringe or rerun movie, or just wait until it's about to leave the theaters.

    What I want is PS3 videogames that have a long, detailed "attract mode" [wikipedia.org]: a script that runs the game through its paces. Once someone has "solved" these games, there isn't any reason that a script showing how it's played through shouldn't be available. I'd love to leave my big screen TV set play
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by kanweg (771128)
      Well, there are people in China/Korea who earn their money by playing games for westerners. Perhaps you can get them to play the game for you via VNC.

      Bert
      Who has someone in India to run his lava lamp.
      • by Doc Ruby (173196)
        That is so crazy that it would probably work. But I have in mind doing all the rendering locally. Maybe if their championship bouts could be recorded as events and replayed... We might see people commissioning competitive performances to watch played on the PS3, rather than video. "Mechanime Performance" is born!
    • I'm sure there are plenty of kids willing to come play games on your PS3 for you. If you can convince them/their parents you're not a pedophile or serial killer, that is.
      • by Doc Ruby (173196)
        I'm trying to replace them with a machine. Cheaper and more reliable, without stealing my comic books.
    • by antdude (79039)
      I would love to see a screen saver using MAME ROMs? I haven't found a good one so far. :(
    • I have this [thangorodrim.net] as my laptop's screensaver.
    • Someone really wishes their PS3 was useful XD
    • What I want is PS3 videogames that have a long, detailed "attract mode": a script that runs the game through its paces. Once someone has "solved" these games, there isn't any reason that a script showing how it's played through shouldn't be available.

      Sure there is -- those are games meant to be played, not movies meant to be watched.

      If you consider them a work of art at all, then you should respect the artist's intention. Metroid Prime:3, for example, has a first encounter with metroids that got me on the edge of my seat--but that would be completely missing in a scripted play. Heck, it'd be completely missing if I just recorded the signal of me playing and sent that to you. the game was meant to be played.

      OTOH, you mentioned a PS3. Which is probab

      • by Doc Ruby (173196)
        It's a toy "meant" by me to entertain me. I want what I want. I don't have to respect any artist's "intention", if such a thing actually exists. I will do with it what I want, for my own purposes.

        I don't know what it is that makes you think a PS3 isn't for playing games, unless you've got some kind of Xbox prejudice. But then, I did buy it to experiment with Linux on Cell. So the "art" I want to use it for is just a bonus.

        Oh, and the thing cost me $550. And it's a damn good DVD player.
  • plural (Score:4, Informative)

    by J05H (5625) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @10:54AM (#20528417) Homepage
    "Mecha" not "mechas". The same way that "deers" or "mooses" are incorrect. One mecha or many mecha, there is no S at the end.

    Besides that, a Robotech live-action with today's 3D animation will absolutely rock! It'd be hard to pack into 2 hours, but I'd like to see some of the 2nd and 3rd Robotech series (and/or Macross Plus) mecha involved, since they look so cool.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by RexRhino (769423)

      "Mecha" not "mechas". The same way that "deers" or "mooses" are incorrect. One mecha or many mecha, there is no S at the end.
      Except that "deers" and "mooses", you know, actually exist.
      • "Mecha" not "mechas". The same way that "deers" or "mooses" are incorrect. One mecha or many mecha, there is no S at the end.

        Except that "deers" and "mooses", you know, actually exist.

        Welcome to the 21st century!

        You have your actual, crummy mecha, land walker [youtube.com].
        A hint of what all-terrain robot legs can do with a robot donkey [youtube.com].
        And mechanical monsters are a cultural inevitability, ask robosaurus [youtube.com].

  • by TomHandy (578620) <tomhandy&gmail,com> on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:02AM (#20528475)
    It is very unlikely they'll be going back to the "source material" on this one, as there are still a lot of disputes between Harmony Gold and Tatsunoko and Big West. At the very least, they aren't likely to be able to use things like the original Macross Valkyrie (aka Veritech) designs, and they may not even have the rights to redo the original story.

    Of course, with Warner Bros. in the fray now, they might actually work out the IP rights, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

    • Ooh, then perhaps we'll end up with a live action version of Macross Plus. That would work a lot better, frankly.
  • Macross source (Score:4, Interesting)

    by zakezuke (229119) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:12AM (#20528541)
    While I and most enjoyed Macross over Robotech. The big difference I can remember was Macross dealt with the idea of proculture, as in culture before the giant aliens became genetically modified, where Robotech strung on two unrelated anime fighting over a mythical engery source known as proculture. Such a big difference in story lines would make it difficult to integrate actual Macross sequels and prequils. Near as I'm aware the only sequel, Macross Plus [wikipedia.org], was released in English though away from the Harmony Gold treatment.

    A number of "Robotech" movies were planned, all canceled. This is one of those cases where I feel the fans suffered by a company holding onto to their intellectual property far too long without actually using it.
    • There have actually been a number of follow-ups to Macross (though it's no MS Gundam). There was Macross: Do You Remember Love (basically the movie version of the show), Macross II (which no one liked, and isn't considered in-canon, IIRC), Macross Plus, Macross 7, and the prequel, Macross Zero. And some little things like Flashback 2012. Personally, I'd suggest watching Macross Plus and Macross Zero. The others aren't really that good.

      Robotech, meanwhile, had a sequel in The Sentinels, but it died. Nothing
      • by zakezuke (229119)

        There have actually been a number of follow-ups to Macross (though it's no MS Gundam). There was Macross: Do You Remember Love (basically the movie version of the show), Macross II (which no one liked, and isn't considered in-canon, IIRC), Macross Plus, Macross 7, and the prequel, Macross Zero. And some little things like Flashback 2012. Personally, I'd suggest watching Macross Plus and Macross Zero. The others aren't really that good.

        Yes, there were follow-ups to Macross, but not really for Robotech with apparently "The Sentinels" which was canned as a series and reworked into film length. But again that was 20 years ago. There were some ideas slated for Robotech not nothing ever completed.

        To me more clear, Macross is a different animal to Robotech. Macross centered around the idea that culture is the most powerful force. This is even apparent in Macross 7. Macross Plus while released in English isn't really apart of Robotech.

        Most

        • There were some ideas slated for Robotech not nothing ever completed.

          Again, check out Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which came out earlier this year. The DVD is like $20 on Amazon.
    • Such a big difference in story lines would make it difficult to integrate

      The Transformers movie is about an incoherent macguffin, and apparently all those scientific progress the germans and russians were doing in the 20th century were actually reversed engineered by a secret US government agency by studying a frozen alien robot kept in california and never thawed nor disassembled.

      It's Hollywood kid: fuck the story line, it's gonna have cars, babes and lots of explosions, and the protoculture will be a macguffin of all-spark proportions.

    • While i grew up with and loved Robotech dearly... Macross is by far better, and of course it is, since Robotech is a raping of Macross by US distributor Harmony Gold.

      Macross was, is and will ALWAYS be better.

      How will this film be marketed in Japan where they only know of Macross?

      The best thing about Robotech for me, as it is part of my childhood, the voices, themesong and the names... other than that.. i prefer Macross, but Robotech the tv series will always have a place in my heart.
  • by Robotech_Master (14247) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:19AM (#20528577) Homepage Journal
    I will be interviewing Harmony Gold representative Kevin McKeever at 7:00 Eastern tonight about this and other new Robotech developments on my live talk podcast Space Station Liberty [terrania.us]. Please call in with your questions!
  • This would have a lot more potential as a TV series, in order to properly contain the epic saga storyline.
    • You seriously don't expect the movie to contain ALL the storyline, do you?

      I think it'll be the beginning of the story, when the SDF1 crashed the Earth, and the first Zentraedi attacks. My prediction is that it'll end up in a strategic victory (i.e. Earth isn't destroyed... for now) in the middle of the storyline, of course, AFTER the SDF1 is teleported to Pluto.
  • Is making crap considered a good idea?

    It's clearly a clone of Transformers, which was about as shit as you get. So what? Someone decides to copy it because they can't think of anything better?

     
    • Is making crap considered a good idea?

      It's clearly a clone of Transformers, which was about as shit as you get. So what? Someone decides to copy it because they can't think of anything better?


      You are aware the original Macross predates Transformers as well the whole giant robot things is a massive genre of Japanese shows. It's like saying Wedding crashers is just a clone of Rush hour, and blade runner is just a clone of the maltese falcon.

      Even if it's a clone, it's still nice to have more geek fare like thi
  • Or Tobey Maquire's voice is really annoying? I mean, I like the guy and he did well in Spiderman, apparently he's doing well producing his own features too, which is great. Wish him all the luck.

    But god damn it his voice is pissing me off. I'll be ok if he stars in this movie as long as he doesn't speak.
    • This only makes him more suitable to play Rick Hunter, of course.
    • I have to agree. --But then I remember Spidey's voice as the one from the old original cartoon show from when I was a kid; strong, together and inspiring. Perhaps it's unfair, but I don't think Peter was cast very well in the films. Toby's performance was fine on an emotional level, but I really don't think I would have picked him out for the role had I been in charge of casting. Even after three films, I still can't quite buy him as the web-head. --But the one that's even weirder for me is Mary Jane.
  • keep it real (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TRRosen (720617) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @11:53AM (#20528793)
    Roy better die in the movie. Its such a pivotal point.
  • I was introduced to (good) Anime via Robotech, which was on for half an hour every day after school. I was quite young, and did not start to pay attention to it until much later in the series. That being said, I liked the 1st War, never really understood the 2nd war, and fell in love with the Invid invasion of the 3rd war.

    So, which is the movie going to be based on? I suspect the 1st war.

    I've been meaning to buy/rent/borrow/catch on tv all the episodes some time to re-acquaint myself with the old series...
    • by zakezuke (229119)

      I was introduced to (good) Anime via Robotech, which was on for half an hour every day after school. I was quite young, and did not start to pay attention to it until much later in the series. That being said, I liked the 1st War, never really understood the 2nd war, and fell in love with the Invid invasion of the 3rd war.

      I do see the film as being a good means of separating the Macross and Robotech franchises.
      I didn't really have the benefit of seeing The Masters(2nd war) and The New Generation(3rd war) until an adult, and to be honest I found The Masters UNWATCHABLE. For my nieces and nephews I went out of my way to buy the ADV Films [advfilms.com] version of Macross.

      Truthfully, the three wars _could_ be done in 3 movies. Think "Lord of the Rings," as it was difficult but translated to the silver screen successfully. But it would take somebody who truly loves the series to do it right.

      Well, Macross - Do you remember love? (movie one) was pretty much the 36 episode Macross saga shoved into 2 hours. It worked OK, though it was a bit of a stretch as it w

  • I didn't mind the series, but the singing just started to drive me nuts - anyone who has seen the series will know what I mean. If they keep that out of the film, then I'm happy.
  • by PCM2 (4486)

    Maguire is producing through his Maguire Entertainment banner and is eyeing the lead role in what the studio plans as an SF franchise a la Paramount's hit Transformers.'
    Wait ... so one crappy movie counts as a "franchise" these days? No wonder movies suck so bad. They've stopped even pretending they're supposed to entertain people. From the second the ink dries on the contract, it's nothing but keychains and Happy Meals. Screw you, Maguire.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by iluvcapra (782887)

      I'm doubtful this will end up going anywhere. It's only in development, they don't have a script, it's Tobey's first real movie as a producer, and the guy they've brought on to do the writing is an unknown. Tobey just wants a sweet development paycheck-- after five years alternating between Brett Ratner and the Walchowski brothers to direct, and half-a-dozen "it" girls "attached" for Lynn Minmei, the project will die quietly, with Tobey $5 million richer.

      On the other hand, he might get really attached to

      • by PCM2 (4486)

        ("Paging Gale Ann Hurd, The Hulk would like to see you!").

        You're making me, Ang Lee. They won't like me when I'm Ang Lee.

  • This is great because Tobey's done a GREAT job with Spiderman. He brought emotion to Spiderman, so much so that Spiderman is a pussy now. He was always an affable geeky type but come on, that bar scene belonged in The Mask, not Spiderman 3. I have no doubt this will suck.
  • Bring it on! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by TheLazySci-FiAuthor (1089561) <thelazyscifiauthor@gmail.com> on Sunday September 09, 2007 @02:28PM (#20530113) Homepage Journal
    If Transformers showed one thing it's that computer graphics were created to render gigantic robot fights.
  • Tread carefully... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by zelik (1131765) on Sunday September 09, 2007 @02:39PM (#20530223) Homepage
    Robotech, or the Japanese original Macross, is a very very sacred franchise... Just go look up the Robotech wikipedia and you'll learn that this thing is just as big if not bigger than the whole Gundam series which is still on going and is like the Apple ipod of Anime mecha series. My opinion? Don't mess around with this unless you've got your head screwed on real tight. This to the anime aficionados is like Star Wars. There is much at stake. If you've seen the Macross movie you'll understand why. So touching, so well done. The American version is really........a joke. I'm sorry, the songs "Star light, star bright" really didn't do the originals justice. The original franchise could have been grandiose if the corporations didn't get involved and muck it all up. (again, read wikipedia for more info). Sorry, ranting while inebriated. I just really hope that Mr. Toby doesn't think that he can cash in on transformers and screw around with this one. I for one, do not wish to see screwed up versions of my childhood toys/robots. Have you seen the transformers toys that are being sold now a days? I mean, honestly, are kids nowadays that retarded? I have nephews and the optimus prime they are playing with is a lot more simplified and retarded than what I had as a kid. Shoot, I would think we progress as the generations roll forward, not backwards. With brilliance in kids such as Geohot who can crack the iphone while still in high school I feel the marketing depts. in big corporate really need to be fired for taking two steps backwards. Anyways, enough of rant, I just realllllllly hope they do this movie justice. No, Robotech was a joke and melding 3 different animations was a stupid stupid AOL/time-warner merger style move. Just keep it simple and close to what the original storyline held and you'll win the love of fans/fanatics and newbies alike. Think Lord of The Rings and you'll win in Spades. And god, please don't dumb down the toys or change the valkyre.
    • by coaxial (28297)
      I'm not saying Macross/Robotech is beloved, but let's be honest. The general public doesn't give a damn about anime. Especially anime that prominately features j-pop. (Toby, if you do this, you can kill that. In fact it's your duty to kill that. Thanks.) I can hear the audiences now, "So that cool robot is fighing a giant human? So what's with the girl singing kumbaya? This sucks."

      Of course they'll change the valkyre! It's an F-14 for crying out loud! It looks dated. If they base the new valkyri
    • by mblase (200735)
      My opinion? Don't mess around with this unless you've got your head screwed on real tight. This to the anime aficionados is like Star Wars.

      Pffft. You must not have been following the debate in the Transformers community before that movie was released this summer.

      Unlike, say, G.I. Joe, Transformers has been in more-or-less continuous toy production since Beast Wars. Several of the recent comics are considered near-canon, and several collectible toys have been made just based on "The War Within" comics. Deba
  • Star Blazers had more drama and better music, plus it had the coolest villains around, and the separation between good and bad guys was so clear! real Hollywood stuff!
  • I can't think of a story line done in a Western live-action film which is anything even remotely like Macross.

    The concept is just so. . . weird, it could only fit in an animation from Japan.

    Think: Alien vessel crashes to Earth. What is the government's logical response?

    1. Hush it up and give it to the tech boys in Area 51.
    2. Put it into active service as the Earth's flag ship despite the fact that half the vessel hasn't even been properly explored.

    Part of the mystique of Anime for Westerners stems, I thin
  • After getting into a conversation with coworkers about Robotech, I Ebayed the DVDs and have started rewatching the series last week. While some of dialog is cheesy, the relationship conflicts and the political intrigue is pretty mature. It's also a pretty unique take on the "alien invaders" genre. The characters are still sympathetic and way more complex than sitcom caricatures. I just hope that they don't infect the story with the typical blockbuster tripe.

What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

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