What would a lazy weekend be without cartoons to sit and watch? As a wife and mom, I can tell you that rarely does a weekend go by that the husband and kids aren’t glued to the television watching cartoons. For the husband and son, the cartoons of choice involve superheroes and lots of action, so when we realized that Thor: Tales of Asgard was going released by Marvel on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on May 17, I knew we had to check this new animated feature out especially considering that it was timed to hit stores just weeks after the theatrical film debut.
Thor: Tales of Asgard is all about Thor and Loki (his brother) as teenagers. Odin (their father) was grooming both boys to eventually compete to hold his throne. Loki is more into intellectual and magical pursuits while Thor is more into the fighting aspect of it all.
One day, Thor is sparring with another warrior (a girl) and looses. Of course, being a boy and a teenager, he’s pretty upset with this especially when she tells him that he isn’t anywhere near as tough as he thinks he is because everyone is going easy on him because of who he is. Thor and Loki decide to go off and prove they can become real warriors by finding the Sword of Surtur. The Sword of Surtur is supposed to burn hot enough to kill frost giants. They follow Volstagg, Fandral and Hogun on their adventures and learn they aren’t really what they’re claiming to be and end up having to save Asgard themselves.
I haven’t seen the new Thor movie so I can’t say how this fits in with it. But if you have kids who love Marvel comics or super hero type cartons, you need to see this one. It’s a neat viewpoint to see Thor and Loki as teenagers instead of adults. Die hard Thor fans will probably be a bit put out seeing Thor with a sword instead of a hammer. I got quite the lecture from my husband who is a huge Marvel fan about there not being a sword before the hammer.
Being a superhero cartoon, you have to expect some violence, so be careful if you plan on watching it with little children. The movie isn’t rated at this point but I’d probably give it a PG. It’s probably going to really appeal to the child/tween crowd more than older kids and adults who will probably more appreciate the feature film. It’s a great way to let younger kids enjoy a Thor movie that’s suitable for them while older kids/parents are enjoying the PG-13 feature film.
The DVD has a bunch of bonus features including “Worthy: The Making of Thor: Tales of Asgard” and “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” bonus episode. It also includes feature-length audio commentary from supervising producer Craig Kyle and screenwriter Greg Johnson, supervising directory Gary Hartle, director Sam Liu and character designer Phil Bourassa.