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Archival Shadows.

Derivative Korean animated film, definitely edited from multiple sources. Low quality entertainment.

"No planet was safe!" There are two ways to appreciate these movies. The first is to have a full, open bottle of bourbon in hand while viewing them. The second is to appreciate the freaky, random confluence of events that brought them into being. The first thing to appreciate is that South Korea embargoed foreign movies, especially animation, for a lengthy period of time. This meant that not only was there a dearth of programming for SK TV, it also meant that native studios could rip off foreign intellectual property, and their viewers would have no idea that they were watching knockoffs.

Is a microscopic giant robot still a giant robot? And do our bodies really contain microscopic planets, suns, galaxies, and so on? According to this movie, the answer is YES. Another masterwork mash-up of various Korean animations by Hong Kong schlockmeister Joseph Lai, watching this movie will redefine "pain" in your mind. From an outside review:

So basically, it’s The Fantastic Voyage but with giant robots and Robin Hood’s Merry Men.

Yeah.

(Public domain cartoon) Was amazed when I watched this 1941 Superman cartoon ("The Mechanical Monsters") and recognized that "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004) copied the opening robot attack almost shot for shot. Same angles, same flying robot design, and even the way they swing their arms while walking.

A spaceship intercepts a mysterious message and then crashes on the planet the message is being sent from. There they uncover a force that threatens to take over the Earth. There is an AVI of the film here. You can find out more about this movie on its IMDB page.

Third in a series of Italian science fiction films clearly inspired by Star Wars. This entry features a couple of comical robots. Three other films in the series are #1 War of the Planets (aka Cosmos 1977), #2 War of the Robots (1978) and #4 Beast in Space (1980). The series is most famous for its gold skinned blond androids and the use of reflective "light sabers".

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