History Animation / SpaceThunderKids

16th Mar '16 7:22:38 PM frogpatrol
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Those of you who are familiar with Joseph Lai's body of work, this is Thunder Prince [-{{IN SPACE}}-]. A very, very bad HumongousMecha pseudo-anime released in 1991 about three children (or three teams with three children each depending on how you interpret it) that can pilot giant robots trying to defeat the BigBad and his army: the Dark Empire. There are also some SpaceOpera elements thrown in with advanced space stations and dogfights going on in space.

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Those of you who are familiar with Joseph Lai's body of work, this is Thunder Prince ''Thunder Prince'' [-{{IN SPACE}}-]. A very, very bad HumongousMecha pseudo-anime released in 1991 about three children (or three teams with three children each depending on how you interpret it) that can pilot giant robots trying to defeat the BigBad and his army: the Dark Empire. There are also some SpaceOpera elements thrown in with advanced space stations and dogfights going on in space.



* AbortedArc: A lot of these. Or are there? Thanks to the constant art shifting, it is rather hard to tell what is and what isn't supposed to be there.
* AllThereInTheManual: It's a good thing the back of the cover describes the '''entire''' movie from start to finish, because otherwise we'd never know what we were watching. Apparently somewhere during the hour-and-a-half of tanks and explosions is the plot about saving a scientist.

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* AbortedArc: A lot of these. Or are there? Thanks to the constant art shifting, shifts, it is rather hard to tell what is and what isn't supposed to be there.
* AllThereInTheManual: It's a good thing the back of the cover describes the '''entire''' ''entire'' movie from start to finish, because otherwise we'd never know what we were watching. Apparently somewhere during the hour-and-a-half of tanks and explosions is the plot about saving a scientist.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Perhaps unintentionally, as a result of this film being an attempt to mash several films together, the Dark Emperor has more diverse lieutenants under him than most major villains of contemporary works.
* LullDestruction: Averted; there are many moments of [[SilenceIsGolden dead air]] throughout, which is a rare moment for English-dubbed "anime".

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Perhaps unintentionally, as a result of this film being an attempt to mash several films together, the together. The Dark Emperor has more diverse lieutenants under him than most major villains a lot of contemporary works.
lieutenants.
* LullDestruction: Averted; there are many moments of [[SilenceIsGolden dead air]] throughout, which is a rare moment rarity in for English-dubbed "anime".



* OffModel: Notable instances include pulling someone ''through'' the windscreen of a jeep, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6-Hi755Rb4 face one of the heroes makes]], the lip flaps, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 tanks tanks tankstankstanks]]...

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* OffModel: Notable instances Instance include pulling someone ''through'' the windscreen of a jeep, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6-Hi755Rb4 the face one of the heroes makes]], the lip flaps, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 tanks tanks tankstankstanks]]...



** Phoenix King is Inferno from ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' with some more SuperRobot-y bits stuck on.
** As mentioned in the ''Animation/SpaceTransformers'' article, Diatron is really a robot with the name "Machine Buffalo" from the Pre-Transformers ''Diaclone'' toyline. Interestingly, this & the original film are its only animated appearances, since aside from the toys that were adapted into Transformers, ''Diaclone'' never got a proper anime.

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** Phoenix King is Inferno from ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' with some more SuperRobot-y bits stuck on.
on him.
** As mentioned in the ''Animation/SpaceTransformers'' article, Diatron is really a robot with the name "Machine Buffalo" from the Pre-Transformers ''Diaclone'' toyline. Interestingly, this & and the original film are its only animated appearances, since aside from the toys that were adapted into Transformers, ''Diaclone'' never got a proper anime.



* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: The various animators apparently have never paid attention in science class.
** Frequently during fight scenes, the background will change in the middle of shots between space and the ''sky'', leaving you wondering just where they are supposed to be fighting.

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* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: The various The animators apparently must not have never paid attention in science class.
** Frequently during During fight scenes, the background will often change in the middle of shots between space and the ''sky'', leaving you wondering just where they are supposed to be fighting.
8th Oct '15 12:55:23 AM CRE040295
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Has nothing to do with ''UFORoboGrendizer''[='s=] FinishingMove.

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Has nothing to do with ''UFORoboGrendizer''[='s=] ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''[='s=] FinishingMove.



* CutAndPasteTranslation: Definitely a lot of these. The same characters changes their appearance completely from scene to scene.



** Phoenix King is Inferno from ''TransformersGenerationOne'' with some more SuperRobot-y bits stuck on.

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** Phoenix King is Inferno from ''TransformersGenerationOne'' ''Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne'' with some more SuperRobot-y bits stuck on.



** Then Savior of the Earth, which is just [[Film/{{Tron}} Tron]], comes in out of nowhere.

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** Then Savior of the Earth, which is just [[Film/{{Tron}} Tron]], ''[[Film/{{Tron}} Tron]]'', comes in out of nowhere.



* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[TheyJustDidntCare Inverted, Averted, Subverted, Played Straight, Zigzagged, and Hung Out To Dry.]] The movie[[CutAndPasteTranslation s]] can't decide whether or not this trope is in play. Some points even have spaceships that are [[BlatantLies totally absolutely not]] SpaceBattleshipYamato, and at one point, speeds are called out in ''knots''. Not even hundreds or thousands of knots, as would be the case for spaceships if they didn't just use [=MpH/KpH=] to begin with, but tens of knots, as if they were going at nautical speeds. Other parts have (by this movie's exceedingly lax standards) passingly realistic space motion.

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* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[TheyJustDidntCare Inverted, Averted, Subverted, Played Straight, Zigzagged, and Hung Out To Dry.]] The movie[[CutAndPasteTranslation s]] can't decide whether or not this trope is in play. Some points even have spaceships that are [[BlatantLies totally absolutely not]] SpaceBattleshipYamato, ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'', and at one point, speeds are called out in ''knots''. Not even hundreds or thousands of knots, as would be the case for spaceships if they didn't just use [=MpH/KpH=] to begin with, but tens of knots, as if they were going at nautical speeds. Other parts have (by this movie's exceedingly lax standards) passingly realistic space motion.
11th Sep '15 7:23:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Try, just ''try'' to keep track of ''anyone'' in this movie as they come and go.
5th Aug '15 2:11:38 PM avon
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5th Aug '15 2:11:37 PM avon
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* HeyItsThatGuy: As soon as you saw the words "Joseph Lai Presents:"; Yes, it's the same Joseph Lai who was Godfrey Ho's partner in crime during their very prolific 80s tenure as Hong Kong schlock-meisters.
5th Aug '15 2:11:37 PM avon
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5th Aug '15 2:10:36 PM avon
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* HeyItsThatGuy: As soon as you saw the words "Joseph Lai Presents:"; Yes, it's the same Joseph Lai who was Godfrey Ho's partner in crime during their very prolific 80s tenure as Hong Kong schlock-meisters.
19th Jul '15 5:00:03 PM nombretomado
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This "film" was edited with footage from ''Savior of the Earth'', ''Defenders of Space - Phoenix-bot Phoenix King'', ''King Robot'', ''Protectors of Universe - Super Express Mazinger 7'', ''Solar Adventure'', ''Animation/SpaceTransformers - Micro-Commando Diatron-5'', ''Super Mazinger 3'' and ''Iron Man Trio''. All of the aforementioned movies are also ripoffs of other anime like ''MazingerZ'' (and all but the last were separately dubbed by Joseph Lai as well).

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This "film" was edited with footage from ''Savior of the Earth'', ''Defenders of Space - Phoenix-bot Phoenix King'', ''King Robot'', ''Protectors of Universe - Super Express Mazinger 7'', ''Solar Adventure'', ''Animation/SpaceTransformers - Micro-Commando Diatron-5'', ''Super Mazinger 3'' and ''Iron Man Trio''. All of the aforementioned movies are also ripoffs of other anime like ''MazingerZ'' ''Anime/MazingerZ'' (and all but the last were separately dubbed by Joseph Lai as well).
14th May '15 5:31:29 PM StFan
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This "film" was edited with footage from ''Savior of the Earth'', ''Defenders of Space - Phoenix-bot Phoenix King'', ''King Robot'', ''Protectors of Universe - Super Express Mazinger 7'', ''Solar Adventure'', ''SpaceTransformers - Micro-Commando Diatron-5'', ''Super Mazinger 3'' and ''Iron Man Trio''. All of the aforementioned movies are also ripoffs of other anime like ''MazingerZ'' (and all but the last were separately dubbed by Joseph Lai as well).

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This "film" was edited with footage from ''Savior of the Earth'', ''Defenders of Space - Phoenix-bot Phoenix King'', ''King Robot'', ''Protectors of Universe - Super Express Mazinger 7'', ''Solar Adventure'', ''SpaceTransformers ''Animation/SpaceTransformers - Micro-Commando Diatron-5'', ''Super Mazinger 3'' and ''Iron Man Trio''. All of the aforementioned movies are also ripoffs of other anime like ''MazingerZ'' (and all but the last were separately dubbed by Joseph Lai as well).



** As mentioned in the ''SpaceTransformers'' article, Diatron is really a robot with the name "Machine Buffalo" from the Pre-Transformers ''Diaclone'' toyline. Interestingly, this & the original film are its only animated appearances, since aside from the toys that were adapted into Transformers, ''Diaclone'' never got a proper anime.

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** As mentioned in the ''SpaceTransformers'' ''Animation/SpaceTransformers'' article, Diatron is really a robot with the name "Machine Buffalo" from the Pre-Transformers ''Diaclone'' toyline. Interestingly, this & the original film are its only animated appearances, since aside from the toys that were adapted into Transformers, ''Diaclone'' never got a proper anime.
11th May '15 1:45:52 PM nombretomado
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* RecycledInSpace: Around the same time, Lai had produced movies entitled [[GodfreyHoNinjaMovies "Thunder Ninja Kids".]] Presumably this work's title is referencing that. It's fitting: given the subpar CutAndPasteTranslation treatment, it could ''almost'' be the GodfreyHoNinjaMovies [-ANIMATED! IN SPACE!-]

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* RecycledInSpace: Around the same time, Lai had produced movies entitled [[GodfreyHoNinjaMovies [[Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies "Thunder Ninja Kids".]] Presumably this work's title is referencing that. It's fitting: given the subpar CutAndPasteTranslation treatment, it could ''almost'' be the GodfreyHoNinjaMovies Film/GodfreyHoNinjaMovies [-ANIMATED! IN SPACE!-]
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