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  •  Okay, so I did not know of "Sherlock Hound" (3+ / 0-)

    My daughter loves movies with dogs. It seems like a perfect fit. Alas, the adults cannot stand movies with talking dogs. You've seen it, it really is delightful? We won't want to stab out our eyes with a fork after?

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 10:06:35 PM PDT

    •  I Found it Delightful (3+ / 0-)

      Of course, I'm both a furry fan and a steampunk fan, so it would be right up my aisle.

      The plots are a bit formulistic; Moriarity is always the villain, there's usually a big steampunk gadget invovled somehow, and there's often a big chase at the end; but they manage a fair amount of variations on the basic format.  They even manage to adapt a few of the actual Arthur Conan Doyle stories.  You wouldn't think that "The Speckled Band" would work with Moriarty crammed into it, but they pull it off quite well so that it makes sense.

      The characterization is very well done.  Holmes/Hound is played as one of those laid-back slouching anime heroes who looks like a slacker until you see them go into action.  Mrs. Hudson is a pretty young widow and all of the male characters have obvious crushes on her -- the villains included.  Inspector Lestrade could be related to Inspector Zenigata from Lupin, with his relentless tenacity almost making up for his lack of perception and his platoon of uniformed policemen.  But my favorite character is Moriarty, a wonderful melodramatic megalomanic, responsible for most of the big honking machines lumbering through the adventures.  He has a tendency to lose control when his brilliant plans go awry, shouting "I'm tired of being an intellectual criminal!!!"

      And there are aircraft, Wright Brothers be damned.  You can tell that Miyazaki was involved by the airplanes.  So what if it's anachronistic?

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      by quarkstomper on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 10:39:38 PM PDT

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