4 April 2016 | AlienatorX
It was the 80s, Toei was on fire, not just with its own tokusatsu shows (Space Sheriff, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai) but with the ever growing American market for anime. Not to be outdone rival company Tsubaraya Productions (founded by Eiji Tsubaraya, the special effects god behind the original Godzilla movie, heavily inspired by King Kong) decided to commission an anime adaptation of its biggest cash cow and one of the most famous and popular tokusatsu in Japan; Ultraman. Ultraman is a live-action tokusatsu series about a species of giant aliens called Ultramen who police the universe. Each series follows the one assigned to watch Earth. The series is widely popular and one of the biggest tokusatsu series in Japan. It's also the most successful tokusatsu series that Tsubaraya created running even to this day, it was the natural choice to bring over to America. But who to partner with? Well in that regard Tsubaraya turned to cartoon tycoon Hanna-Barbera. Odd choice but you must remember that aside from Yogi Bear, Flinstones and those old cartoons you see on Boomerang Hanna-Barbera had also made a few Superhero series namely Space Ghost, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, and a cartoon adaptation of the Fantastic Four. The best in American cartoons meets the best in Japanese tokusatsu to create an animated superhero cartoons series? Sounds brilliant doesn't it? And this should be the point when most of you are wondering why you haven't heard of this series before, well that's because it only lasted one episode, One. You'd think giving the pedigree this film has that it'd be a least interesting but
no, the animation is surprisingly cheap, the pacing is abysmal with every scene going on far far too long, the fight scenes are slow and clumsy, the dialogue goes from being uninteresting to hilariously bad, the story is clunky feeling more like several episodes taped together then a pilot episode, the music is repetitive and uninteresting, and the film overall just feels like these two companies rushed it attempting to make a quick buck. This one is not even enjoyably bad, avoid.