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Summer Glau, Ron Perlman, and Elijah Wood To Voice Comic Book Characters In Alternate Peter Pan Story


How do you get someone to watch your motion comic? Cast Elijah Wood, Summer Glau, and Ron Perlman. They’ll be voicing characters in Image Comic’s Peter Panzerfaust, a World War II-set Peter Pan tale. And oh yeah, it’s bringing Hook’s Rufio, Dante Basco, back to Neverland as well. 

I’ll be honest. I’m pretty biased when it comes to motion comics. I think they’re terrible. That being said, Image has my attention.

We know these actors from their resumes filled with genre roles but they aren’t stranger to comics in particular. Wood played Kevin in Sin City, Glau voiced Supergirl in DC’s animated Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, and Perlman is Hellboy, of course. Basco, also known for playing Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, is well-remembered by kids of the 90s as Rufio, the punk Lost Boy from Hook., and that’s appropriate considering the topic at hand.

Peter Panzerfaust, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Tyler Jenkins, re-imagines J.M. Barrie’s classic tale with Peter, the boys, Wendy, and Tiger Lily as members of the French Resistance in WWII. According to the press release, “Wood and Glau voice the indomitable characters of Peter and Wendy, while Perlman brings to life Peter’s arch-nemesis, the Nazi officer Kapitan Haken, the series’ incarnation of Captain Hook.  Basco, who played Rufio in the 1991 movie Hook, will return to the Neverland universe as the voice of Alain.”

Adjacent Productions (a part of BBC Worldwide Productions) and Quality Transmedia are behind the motion comic project and the whole thing is being executive produced by Adjacent’s Senior Vice President of Scripted, Julie Gardner (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Dan Tischler, and Jeff Krelitz. The press release also says they are developing a live-action series based on the comic, though the big name stars aren’t attached for that.

What’s your opinion of motion comics? Will you give this one a try?

(via Comic Book Resources)

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  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with your opinion of motion comics. I don’t like them and generally I don’t think they “work.” That’s not to say that they can’t be improved, it is a fairly young medium. But I think they’ll always occupy a weird space between traditional comics and traditional animated fare.

  • ACF

    I don’t know if this is a statement about how high quality they are, but motion comics are what got me into reading comics period. The fact that they occupy a space between comics and animated cartoons provided me the opportunity to transition from the latter to the former.

  • Anonymous

    A statement about quality and the medium in general. Motion comics don’t really bring anything to the table in my opinion. It’s reading a comic with a voice over, or perhaps watching a cartoon with very limited animation. My reaction is usually “what is the point?” The closest comparison I can make is with 3-D. Doesn’t change the story, and doesn’t force me to analyze the film/show in a different way, it’s just a slight alteration in the way I consume the product – and, unfortunately, usually isn’t done very well.

  • ACF

    Sorry, I guess I was unclear; when I said “this” in the opening sentence, I was referring to the statement I followed with. I think that, while motion comics don’t necessarily add anything to a story, they are more accessible than standard comics to someone who had, at that time, read almost none.

  • Anonymous

    I certainly agree with that sentiment. There is definitely value in motion comics if they are bringing people to those stories and characters, and introducing them to the larger world of comic books. I prefer digital comics to motion comics, though. I feel that digital comics are a necessary and inevitable evolution in the distribution of those stories, whereas motion comics will likely amount to no more than an experiment that was interesting for a short while (like 3-D).

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelica.brenner Angelica Brenner

    I’m pretty “bluh” about motion comics, but Peter Panzerfaust is a great series and anything that brings more attention to it is a win in my book.