Monday, February 6, 2012

G.I. Joe: The Movie

1987 Animated Film

Director: Don Jurwich

Writer: Ron Friedman

Running time: 93 minutes

Country: United States

Charlie Adler as Low-Light
Shūko Akune as Jinx
Jack Angel as Wet Suit
Jackson Beck as Narrator
Michael Bell as Duke, Xamot, Blowtorch and Lift-Ticket
Gregg Berger as Motor-Viper
Earl Boen as Taurus
Arthur Burghardt as Destro and Iceberg
Corey Burton as Tomax
William Callaway as Beach Head
François Chau as Quick Kick
Peter Cullen as Zandar and Nemesis Enforcer
Brian Cummings as Doctor Mindbender
Jennifer Darling as Pythona
Laurie Faso as Tunnel Rat
Hank Garret as Dial Tone
Richard Gautier as Serpentor
Ed Gilbert as General Hawk
Dan Gilvezan as Slip Stream
Zack Hoffman as Zartan
Kene Holliday as Roadblock
John Hostetter as Bazooka
Don Johnson as Lt. Falcon
Buster Jones as Doc
Chris Latta as Cobra Commander, Gung Ho, and Ripper
Morgan Lofting as Baroness
Chuck McCann as Leatherneck
Michael McConnohie as Cross Country
Mary McDonald-Lewis as Lady Jaye
Burgess Meredith as Golobulus
Ron Ortiz as Law
Rob Paulsen as Snow Job
Patrick Pinney as Mainframe
Poncie Ponce as Red Dog
Lisa Raggio as Zarana/Heather
Bill Ratner as Flint
Neil Ross as Buzzer, Dusty, Monkeywrench and Shipwreck
Brad Sanders as Big Lob
Ted Schwartz as Thrasher
Sgt. Slaughter as Sgt. Slaughter
Kristoffer Tabori as Mercer
B. J. Ward as Scarlett
Vernee Watson-Johnson as Scientist
Lee Weaver as Alpine
Frank Welker as Torch, Wild Bill and Order
Stan Wojno Jr. as Lifeline

The G.I. Joe force must oppose a Cobra organization that has secretly allied with a subterranean reptilian who were their founders.

Awards: None

The movie was being produced by the same company, and at the same time, as The Transformers: The Movie. It had been agreed that both movies would suffer the loss of the lead heroes, Optimus Prime and Duke. Production had begun on G.I. Joe first, and was thus expected to be released first. During the production of the two films, G.I. Joe Got held up while Transformers finished production. Release dates were changed and Transformers got a theatrical release in 1986. Optimus Prime's death sparked some controversy and caused the writers to change Duke's death to a coma. G.I. Joe never got to the theaters, and was released to video instead. Had G.I. Joe been released first, Optimus Prime might have survived the movie. According to story consultant Buzz Dixon, however, if you watch the "Duke goes into a coma" sequence with the volume turned down, it's obvious that Duke actually dies at the end of the scene.


4 stars out of 5 stars

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