Gen 13: The Movie
is a 1999 direct-to-video animated film based upon the comic book of the same name
In the film, teenage Caitlin Fairchild is offered a place in an institute for gifted children. She soon learns that the school isn't really a school, but rather a military project to turn children with a special genetic structure into super soldiers. After developing incredibly enhanced abilities, Caitlin rebels against the program that created her. But all is not what it appears; there are some in the military who want to help her, and a deadly enemy is actually a long lost sibling.
It should be noted that Disney
, of all companies, released the film during its direct-to-video heydays. It is much Darker and Edgier
than its other direct-to-video projects and borders between PG-13 and R with intense action violence, profanity, brief nudity, and blood and gore. It was never released in the United States, but was in Australia.
This film provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation
- Big Bad: Ivana.
- Body Horror
- Breast Expansion: When Caitlin first transforms, this happens.
- Clothing Damage
- Darker and Edgier: For Disney direct-to-video films.
- Executive Meddling: The film's lengthy development cycle contributed to its never being released in the US. While started when Wildstorm was an Image imprint, by the time it was done, Wildstorm had been sold to DC - who were in turn owned by Time Warner. Disney had no interest in promoting a rival's francise, and Warner had no interest in seeing merchanising revenue go to Disney, thus the film was never offically released in the US.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Why hello there, Mark Hamill, E.G. Daily, John de Lancie and Cloris Leachman!
- Family-Unfriendly Death: A pilot's head is blown up by a telepathic attack. Cue blood, brains and his eyeballs splashing across the cockpit window. It is NOT a pleasant scene.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Considering that Disney produced it.
- Genius Bruiser: Caitlin
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: While Roxy, one of the protagonists smokes, two of the villains also smoke.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The film tries to do this by filming the pilot's head explosion from the back, but that makes it only worse.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: Sadly the only way to watch the film is either on YouTube or by finding it online somewhere, due to it not being released in the United States.
- Pet the Dog: Helga, when tasked to retrieve Caitlin after her powers manifest, seems extremely reluctant to do so and is actually crying, as it seems Caitlin was almost like a daughter to her.
- The Reveal: For viewers not familiar with the comic, Roxy's powers are revealed during the climax of the film.
- Short Run in Peru: It was released on VHS in PAL format in Australia. Never released on DVD
- Shower Scene
- Smoking Is Cool: For Roxy, at least.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Rainmaker is knocked out and carried off half-way through the film, never to be seen (or mentioned) again