COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (2001)

(aka Cowboy Bebop: Knockiní On Heavenís Door) 

 

Format: 120-minute feature

Rating: R (AC, AL, GV, DU)

Type: Sci-Fi

American Production: Columbia-Tri Star

English Dub Production: Animaze

Japanese Production: Sunrise/BONES/Bandai Visual

 

Grading

 

Premise:

B-

Story:

B+

Writing:

B+

Character Design:

A

Animation:

B

Artistic Merits:

B

English Dub:

B+

Musical Score:

A-

Songs:

B

 

 

Humor Content:

B

Action Content:

A-

Drama Content:

B+

 

 

DVD Presentation:

not reviewed

DVD Extras:

not reviewed

 

 

OVERALL:

B+<

 

Synopsis

††††† Attracted by a massive bounty, Faye, Spike, and Jet hunt down a dangerous terrorist who seems intent on spreading a deadly disease during Halloween festivities. Both the terrorist and the disease he spreads are secrets that a certain company would rather keep quiet, though, and both Faye and Spike get much more than they bargained for. Ed is her usual weird but ultimately quite helpful self.

 

The Long View

††††† Knockiní on Heavenís Door is the original Japanese name for this movie, but it was changed to just Cowboy Bebop: The Movie because of copyright issues (the subtitle is lifted from a Bob Dylan song of the same name) when the movie was dubbed and released in the States. Set between the 22nd and 23rd episodes of the Cowboy Bebop TV series, the movie is more an extended episode of the TV series rather than a stand-alone event. Because of this, familiarity with the TV series (reviewed here) is expected. While a viewer new to the Bebop universe might be able to understand it, the movie is not recommended as a jumping-on point.

††††† The style of Knockiní is exactly the same as that of the series, so those who are fans of the TV series will probably like the movie. I found the artistry and animation to be a little off compared to the series; not quite as sharp, although that could be just an effect of seeing it on a big screen rather than a small one. The technical merits are still good enough overall to not be a distraction, however, and the action scenes play out well. The premise is a somewhat fresher twist on the standard terrorist theme, but it isnít as distinctively quirky as some of the original seriesí better episodes.

††††† The graphic content of Knockiní included enough language issues, drug use, and graphic violence to warrant an R rating in the States, although I think that might be a little severe. It is probably OK for most teenagers, although parents should use discretion.

 

DVD Extras

††††† This review is based on the theatrical release. The DVD release, while it does exist, has not been reviewed.

 

 

Principle English Voice Actors

Role

Voice Actor

Spike Spiegel

Steven Jay Blum

Jet Black

John Billingslea

Faye Valentine

Wendee Lee

Radical Edward

Melissa Charles

Vincent

Daran Norris

Electra

Jennifer Hale

Laughing Bull

Michael Gregory

Antique Dealer

Bob Pappenbrook

Lee Sampson

David Wittenberg

Hoffman

Grant J. Albrecht

Detective Shadkins

Jerry Gelb

Rasheed

Nicholas Guest

Chris Riley

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

 

 

 

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