Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yet Another Wot Coulda Been Anime

Claude Rains in Battle of the Worlds. Kinda looks like an
anime character doesn't he? Photo credit in article below.
                                      Yet Another Wot Coulda Been Anime

                                                                      Jay Agan

      Battle of the Worlds (Il Pianeta Degli Uomini Spenti) 1961- One of veteran actor Claude Rains last films & he carries it well.

      A rogue planetoid takes up orbit around our sphere, playing hobb with the Earths crust & weather patterns. It turns out to be a colossal programmed spacecraft (The "Outsider") with a now dead species inside. The technophobic math genius, Professor Benson (Rains), finds a clever way to defeat the aliens robotic saucer fleet (Using "music" composed of electronic tonalities. Play it loud!) & leads an exploration party to examine the interior of the expired, pilotless, "death star".

      If this would ever be made into an anime, it would be cool if they could retain Rains' likeness & voicetrack (If not there's always Crispin Freeman.) With that voice & thick glasses, he looks & sounds like an anime character (The full size photo from above can be found at Monster Movie Music blog.)
      There actually is an "anime connection" with this Italian made film. It sounds as if Peter Fernandez did more than one of the voices in the English language dub.

      Have not been able to find a really decent "print" on disc & have had to settle on the example found in the Millcreek Entertainment Sci-Fi Classics pack of 50 public domain movies.

                                      Article copyright © 3-10-2011 Jay Agan

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1 comment:

  1. There is always a touch of cartoon in these Italian SF movies!