A few years back, Disney released a movie called Tron: Legacy. I wasn’t expecting much when I walked in that theater, just some cool special effects tied to a crap story, and that’s what I got. But after hearing that amazing soundtrack, I was convinced. Daft Punk is one of the greatest bands ever. Y’know what else is one of the greatest things ever? Toei Animation. They made all the classic anime’s. ALL OF THEM. From Voltron, To Astro Boy, To Sailor Moon, Mobile Suit Gundam, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, DragonBall, Dragon Ball Z, the list goes on and on. So, at that point everyone was thinking, ” Ah, if only we could combine Toei Animation and Daft Punk…..”
Actually, that was a lie. No one was thinking that. It’s kind of an obscure thought. But whether we liked it or not, Daft Punk, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, and his lordship Leiji Matsumoto teamed up and spent about $4 Million making this film.FUN FACT TIME! This movie has no voice actors. None. Not one. Seriously. So that means that most of that money probably went into the animation, and it shows. But before I talk about that, let’s talk about the plot.
Four Musicians from a distant planet are playing a concert, when suddenly they’re kidnapped by a mysterious person. With their memories erased, and under some sort of hypnosis, the now overworked band must rely on some unnamed hero to save them!
Okay, I know that that’s kind of a simplistic plot synopsis, but it’s hard to explain the story without giving anything away. Besides, do you expect a movie with zero dialogue to have a deep and intriguing story? If so, than you’d better lower your standards a little there, pal, and just enjoy the Daft Punk. For, you see, to make up with the lack of dialogue, our ears are graced with the sweet, sweet sounds of Daft Punk’s Discovery Album! In fact, if you look up the music video’s for the album, it’s literally just the scenes from the movie broken up into the music video’s.
The Animation for this flick is GORGEOUS! Like, Studio Bones quality! Every scene is colorful, captivating, and all around entertaining! It does an amazing job of telling the story to make up for the lack of dialogue. Also, the movie has this cute little Where’s Waldo? type thing where they’ll cleverly insert the name of whatever song is playing in every scene, which adds rewatchability to the movie. Something that a lot of newer movies don’t really do anymore. Every frame of this animation is gushing with passion and flavor, and is totally worth the $2 Million it must have cost, if what I’ve found out about the budget of this movie is correct.
All in all, I give this movie a 9/10. With fun little Easter eggs, sweeping animation, and music to die for, this movie earns an almost perfect score, the only thing dragging it down being the occasional confusing moments, that really don’t bother me, but prevent it from being perfect. However, I must warn you, if you’re not a Daft Punk fan, you are not going to enjoy this movie.
Since this isn’t a show, I can’t really recommend any episodes, but if you just want to watch the music video’s instead of the entire movie, than my recommended ones are Aerodynamic, Digital Love, And Cracendolls.Your Devoted Reviewer, Kamacazi ( Kazi) Koiwai