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Khev
02-18-2008, 10:23 PM
I've never seen the movie but I'm aware that it was blasted for the introduction of Cobra-La and the changes made to Cobra Commander's origins. Did that really "ruin" the movie? I mean is it really bad overall or just "cheesy 80's cartoon" bad? If I like the show can the movie be that different?

All I've seen are a couple of clips and that sweet opening at the Statue of Liberty.

King Darkness
02-18-2008, 10:27 PM
I've never seen the movie but I'm aware that it was blasted for the introduction of Cobra-La and the changes made to Cobra Commander's origins. Did that really "ruin" the movie? I mean is it really bad overall or just "cheesy 80's cartoon" bad? If I like the show can the movie be that different?

All I've seen are a couple of clips and that sweet opening at the Statue of Liberty.

I liked it. Its a SUPER cheesy 80's cartoon, and has some pretty lame story elements, but I enjoyed it, and still enjoy it today.

EVILFACE
02-18-2008, 10:34 PM
It's cheesy fun.

Cobra Commander being a multieyed mutant was ghey.

But Burgess Meredith as Golobulus rocked.

Buttmunch
02-18-2008, 10:49 PM
DON'T EVER WATCH IT!!! It will ruin G.I. Joe for you. Just remember them how they are. The movie sucks big time. Cobra-La was short for Cobra-Lame. And Cobra Commander being some multi-eyed alien freak was just uncalled for. He was clearly a caucassian in the tv show, not some white skinned freak.

Save yourself 2 hours of your life you can never get back! This I command!

Shai
02-18-2008, 10:51 PM
Nahh the movie rocked !!!! :rock

Buttmunch
02-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Nahh the movie rocked !!!! :rock

How could it? Zartan was hardly in it!

Shai
02-18-2008, 11:01 PM
How could it? Zartan was hardly in it!

Yeah best Zartan movie was the 5 part minie-serie, the revenge of Cobra.

King Darkness
02-18-2008, 11:01 PM
DON'T EVER WATCH IT!!! It will ruin G.I. Joe for you.


I wouldnt go that far. Its worth a watch, and by no means will it ruin G I Joe for anyone:lol

spazzy
02-18-2008, 11:01 PM
It wasn't the greatest but worth a watch.....at least once. I think I saw around 4-6 times throughout the years.

King Darkness
02-18-2008, 11:03 PM
I have it on DVD, and watch it & Transformers The Movie at least once a year. Its nostalgic and brings back loads of memories.

Buttmunch
02-18-2008, 11:13 PM
Even as bad as the new live action film is looking, it can't compair to this abomination! You can quote me on that!

piccolodaimaoh
02-19-2008, 12:33 AM
As much as Cobra-La changed the face of G.I.Joe, the movie is worth watching just for the incredible opening battle at the Statue of Liberty.
Back in 1986 I was a huge Sgt. Slaughter fan and this movie just fed my addiction.
I see this film in a similar light to Transformers the Movie from '86, they were trying to shake things up.

There are some pretty cool fights in this film,
Duke vs Serpentor
Sgt. Slaughter vs Nemesis Enforcer
Jinx vs Pythona
Falcon vs Serpentor

One last reason to see this film is, like it or not, G.I.Joe the Movie is a part of the G.I.Joe animated universe, the last chapter in my opinion. G.I.Joe the Movie is the last Sunbow produced G.I.Joe cartoon, ever. It also has some great high-quality animation, probably the best animation in the whole series.
Check it out and see for yourself.

lerath666
02-19-2008, 03:42 AM
Look at it this way, Do you like the old GIJOE cartoon?
If yes, then you will like the movie, as it's essentialy just a 5 part episode.
Also, the DiC series that came after sunbow kept running with the same story, following the movie.
Currious, which came first, the comic, or the show?

piccolodaimaoh
02-19-2008, 04:12 AM
Look at it this way, Do you like the old GIJOE cartoon?
If yes, then you will like the movie, as it's essentialy just a 5 part episode.
Also, the DiC series that came after sunbow kept running with the same story, following the movie.
Currious, which came first, the comic, or the show?

The comic started in 1982 and was the very first comic book ever to have commercials. The cartoon started with the mini series/movie G.I.Joe the MASS Device in 1983.
Though they share the same characters the Comic and Cartoon are very different. For example, Snake Eyes was somewhat the main character until the late 80's were he became the main character with Scarlet as his love interest. Larry Hama, who wrote the file cards and basically created the G.I. Joe universe also wrote and sometimes drew the comics.

superdoug
02-19-2008, 06:08 AM
I actually really liked it. that being said I was a kid and the cartoon was all I knew of G.I. Joe. I can understand why those who grew up with the comic would be mad about it changing the whole joe story but for me it was good.

bagelsncheesey
02-19-2008, 06:37 AM
The movie is a classic. There's no way a true GI Joe fan could not like this movie. Voice acting was great, story was great, characters were great. I mean come on... Nemesis Enforcer. :rock

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 06:56 AM
The DiC cartoons were that bad. ugggggg :monkey4:monkey4:monkey4

Bardoon
02-19-2008, 04:26 PM
As much as Cobra-La changed the face of G.I.Joe, the movie is worth watching just for the incredible opening battle at the Statue of Liberty.

That was the GREATEST 80's CARTOON OPENING EVER...and the music for it was perfect! :rock :rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9YeD4IOs8s

I love where Snake-Eyes flips the Trouble Bubble all the way around and hops in.

The movie was cheesy fun like it was said before, I enjoyed it for its entertainment. It was great!!!

But the comics are canon to me!

Vader AL
02-19-2008, 04:27 PM
put in the line that says it ROCKED! when i rented it as a kid i watched it like 3 times in a row..in a row! i need to buy it now. of course as a kid i just accepted things in my cartoons.

Vader AL
02-19-2008, 04:31 PM
That was the GREATEST 80's CARTOON OPENING EVER...and the music for it was perfect! :rock :rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9YeD4IOs8s

I love where Snake-Eyes flips the Trouble Bubble all the way around and hops in.

The movie was cheesy fun like it was said before, I enjoyed it for its entertainment. It was great!!!

But the comics are canon to me!

that clip gave me chills. i thank you good sir.

drbrad1975
02-19-2008, 04:43 PM
I've never seen the movie but I'm aware that it was blasted for the introduction of Cobra-La and the changes made to Cobra Commander's origins. Did that really "ruin" the movie? I mean is it really bad overall or just "cheesy 80's cartoon" bad? If I like the show can the movie be that different?

All I've seen are a couple of clips and that sweet opening at the Statue of Liberty.

Yes, the GI Joe movie was really bad. For one thing, they introduced the Cobra-La. The Cobra-La was so bad that Larry Hama refused to write them into the comic. The comic has the best GI Joe stories without question. Falcon was a lame addition to the group. He is a cool looking figure but the officer younger brother of Duke, who is an enlisted man. You can watch the entire GI Joe movie on youtube if you want. Some people love the cheesy aspect of it, but I never cared for it. It was so bad the movie was scheduled for theatrical release but was pushed to direct to video. Watch it if you must, but I warned you.

Bonehead15
02-19-2008, 04:58 PM
I've never seen the movie but I'm aware that it was blasted for the introduction of Cobra-La and the changes made to Cobra Commander's origins. Did that really "ruin" the movie? I mean is it really bad overall or just "cheesy 80's cartoon" bad? If I like the show can the movie be that different?

All I've seen are a couple of clips and that sweet opening at the Statue of Liberty.

You've never seen the GIJOE movie but you're a huge fan???:confused:

That's like saying I'm a Star Wars fan but only saw the PT. :lol


Anyways, the movie is bad but in a MST3K kind of way. :D

It's entertaining but it screwed up continuity big time. If you are a fan of Sgt. Slaughter and Serpentor you'll love it. If you hate both you'll hate it.

Let's face it, RAH the cartoon wasn't exactly perfect to begin with. I think of several RAH episodes that were worse than this movie.

Cold Slither anybody??:rotfl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUU9ldY7J78

creature4000
02-19-2008, 05:36 PM
ok.. Cold Slither Rocked! :rock

and so did the Viper.... "Iv come at noon.. to Vwipe the windows" .. awesome! :monkey2


the movie was awesome when I watched it as a kid. I still like it today! Honestly I'd say if you don't like it then you can't be that big of a fan! Love it for what it is!!!

Animal Mother.
02-19-2008, 07:25 PM
Yeah, I'm sentimental for the movie. And I do like some parts of the movie (the opening, Slaughter, the Renegades infiltration of the Terrordrome). I don't mind watching it now and then, but it's not where I would have taken the movie if I were in charge, but it was good for a 5 year olds sensibilities.

Mithrandier
02-19-2008, 08:03 PM
Slaughter & Nemesis Enforcer, 'Nuff Said

And plus it had Snake Eyes

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 08:05 PM
Some of you need to watch the movie from a kids perspective, not a adult.

That is the same reason most sheeple bash the Star Wars PT.

IrishJedi
02-19-2008, 08:07 PM
The opening of the G.I. JOE movie is by far the best part... and sadly will also be better than the live action film. :monkey2

Mithrandier
02-19-2008, 08:11 PM
Come on, let's wait until we at least see a trailer for the movie.

They have to adapt it slightly from what it is in the comics and the cartoons.

I didn't think Transformers was going to be worth a steaming pile, but I thought it turned out awesome.

The movie will not take away from what is already there, it is just a different medium to bring to life what we watched as kids.

Anyone watch Sigma Six?????

Bardoon
02-19-2008, 08:53 PM
Anyone watch Sigma Six?????

I watched a few episodes...despite the anime corniness that came with it I do think it was a radical enough change to be really unique.

I like that Firefly started out as a G.I. Joe and then turned into a spy...really cool there...and that Cobra Commander was actually a force to be reckon with.

IrishJedi
02-19-2008, 08:55 PM
I didn't think Transformers was going to be worth a steaming pile, but I thought it turned out awesome.

This movie has so much more going against it than TRANSFORMERS did, from top to bottom.

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 08:56 PM
TF at least had deaths!!!!!!!!!!! Megatron technically owned Optimus :monkey3

IrishJedi
02-19-2008, 08:59 PM
TF also had Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer and two Co-Producers who gave a crap about the source material.

And, for as much heat as he gets Michael Bay is also >>>> Stephen Sommers.

I'm afraid the G.I. JOE movie is D.O.A.

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 09:00 PM
Oh, i was talking about the 80's flick.

The new one was ok. Could have used way better plotting.

Bardoon
02-19-2008, 09:03 PM
This movie has so much more going against it than TRANSFORMERS did, from top to bottom.

Very true...the biggest outrage were the TFs designs...but everyone turned out to like them for the most part or were converted once they saw the film.

GI Joe is flipping things around totally...at least Transformers had the premise behind it all the same as the cartoon, comics, etc.

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 09:04 PM
The film transformers looked incredible. It will be a outrage if someone else gets the Oscar.

jzgenx19
02-19-2008, 09:19 PM
Cobra Commander is a man. A spore pod blew up in his face when he was younger. It gave him 6 or so eyes. That's why he wears the mask/hood. At least, that is what he explains in the movie. Then another pod Cobra La used on him later, de-evolved him to a snake. The movie technically ends the tv series. If you like the series, you'll like the movie.

Bonehead15
02-19-2008, 09:40 PM
Cobra Commander is a man. A spore pod blew up in his face when he was younger. It gave him 6 or so eyes. That's why he wears the mask/hood. At least, that is what he explains in the movie. Then another pod Cobra La used on him later, de-evolved him to a snake. The movie technically ends the tv series. If you like the series, you'll like the movie.

Correct, but he wasn't a "human" man but a Cobra La man. In the flashback he has blue skin before the accident.

EVILFACE
02-19-2008, 09:47 PM
But Cobra Commander kept telling Roadblock he was a man. wasssssssssss a maaaaaaaan.:lol

At least I think it was Roadblock, blinded I believe. It has been a while.

piccolodaimaoh
02-19-2008, 09:59 PM
I watched a few episodes...despite the anime corniness that came with it I do think it was a radical enough change to be really unique.

I like that Firefly started out as a G.I. Joe and then turned into a spy...really cool there...and that Cobra Commander was actually a force to be reckon with.

Sigma Six was not bad, yes very much an Anime but it was a reimagining of the original series the same way as the Transformers Anime that come out every year in Japan are a reimagining of G1. I am a little sad that it has not come back. Oh well, at least Ninja Turtles still comes on.

Khev
02-19-2008, 10:22 PM
That was the GREATEST 80's CARTOON OPENING EVER...and the music for it was perfect! :rock :rock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9YeD4IOs8s


Ha, that was awesome. I definitely love the opening. It looked like Cobras were blowing up, I take it people actually died in the movie like in the animated Transformers flick? I'll have to see it, I already know that they make Cobra Commander all freaky so I don't know how watching it could really ruin anything.

I remember after playing with the figures and having only the awesome filecards and card art to go off how disappointing the regular cartoon was when I saw it with all the "Yo Joes" and 'A-Team'-style violence, but eventually I grew to love it and its particular slant on the Joe universe. I imagine the same will hold true for the animated movie. I can't wait until Hasbro rereleases it on DVD as part of the upcoming movie battle pack. :)

galactiboy
02-19-2008, 11:13 PM
I loved the movie when I was a kid, but at the same time I never thought any of that **** was cheesey as a kid. Nowadays, sure its not technically good, but its still awesome.

King Darkness
02-19-2008, 11:23 PM
I still love it, bad story and all!

COBRA LALALALALALALALALALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Buttmunch
02-19-2008, 11:49 PM
I still love it, bad story and all!

COBRA LALALALALALALALALALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

COBRA LameLameLameLameLameLameLameLameLameLaaaaaammmmmme ! Is what Serpentor ment to say about Cobra La.

willrulethemall
02-21-2008, 12:45 PM
I actually really liked it. that being said I was a kid and the cartoon was all I knew of G.I. Joe. I can understand why those who grew up with the comic would be mad about it changing the whole joe story but for me it was good.

Cause the cartoon series made Cobra look like a circus than an international terrorist organization. Cobra Commander was a joke, how could he have been a leader. The introduction of Cobra-La even made it dumber. Plus the cartoon never gave any characters individuality or display any skill level.

But the good things about the movie were the title song, the battles won were even, and Duke almost died (but I wished he did cause it would have made the movie better).

Animal Mother.
02-21-2008, 01:38 PM
I'd also like to add that the animation was really good as well. Famous Japan animation house Toei handled the movie, and if you look closely a lot of times the character looked like a mix of designs from the show, and the Fist of the North Star animated movie.

Bardoon
02-21-2008, 02:45 PM
But the good things about the movie were the title song, the battles won were even, and Duke almost died (but I wished he did cause it would have made the movie better).

Actually Duke WAS supposed to die...however, it was the feedback that they received from young kids over Optimus Prime dying (and other favored TFs) in the Transformers Animated Movie...that had Hasbro end up changing it.

They changed some of the script after Duke got stabbed by Serpentor's snake...I believe having Scarlett say "He's gone into a coma..." instead of "He's gone..." or something like that. Also during the celebration sequence when all the Joes are celebrating after defeating Cobra-La, they added an audio clip where Doc radios in and says Duke is going to be ok.

Animal Mother.
02-21-2008, 03:10 PM
If you put that scene on mute, it still pretty much plays that way :)

Coheteboy
02-21-2008, 07:28 PM
The movie rocked!

I still can't unscrew screws with my fingernails but I'm trying!

Customikey
02-25-2008, 03:27 PM
Burgess Meredith was awesome.
"You were my hope...Cobra Commander. And you failed me. MISERABLY!"

Khev
03-06-2008, 05:50 PM
Well I was going to wait for the upcoming Hasbro Battle Pack DVD to watch the movie but I broke down and just watched it on youtube.

I loved it! Of course it had its ridiculous moments but it also had plenty of elements straight out of Aliens, the original Ninja Gaiden NES game, and Starcraft (you almost have to wonder if part of Blizzard's inspiration for the Zergs came from Cobra La.)

Lots of cool fights, great animation, overall just a campy but extremely fun movie. And boy was it obvious that they were really trying to emulate the Optimus Prime/Hot Rod relationship with Duke and Falcon, pity the fallout from Prime's death caused them to wuss out on Duke's sacrifice. Still a totally cool movie though. *Much* better than I would have guessed.

Now SS make me a 1/6 scale v2 Roadblock with Cobra Commander snake wrapped around his torso! :rock

Khev
03-07-2008, 07:13 AM
And Cobra Commander being some multi-eyed alien freak was just uncalled for. He was clearly a caucassian in the tv show, not some white skinned freak.

Actually CC's revamped origin in the movie could easily be applied to the regular series by just assuming he applied some flesh colored make-up around his eyes when he donned the hooded mask. Kind of like Jack Nicholson's Joker.

And Cobra La wasn't so bad. They were very "Zergish" and Nemesis Enforcer was voiced by none other than Mr. Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen. :rock

Customikey
03-07-2008, 09:50 AM
And Cobra La wasn't so bad. They were very "Zergish" and Nemesis Enforcer was voiced by none other than Mr. Optimus Prime himself, Peter Cullen. :rock

"Voiced." He just made a lot of sounds like a pterodactyl! :lol

Did you know the voice of the Savage Dragon is also Ed the hyena is also the singing voice of Rasputin? Jim Cummings.

Khev
03-11-2008, 09:07 PM
"Voiced." He just made a lot of sounds like a pterodactyl! :lol

Any Peter Cullen connection is cool in my book. :)

I just bought the movie here:

NEVER MIND, LOOKS LIKE A SCAM ARTIST

That's a good price for anyone else still looking to pick it up since its now out of print. I know Hasbro is supposedly releasing it in one of their upcoming 25th anniversary battle packs but I didn't want to have to shell out $29.99 to get it with some action figures I won't want when its $10 less on the 'bay. Can't wait for it to arrive!

DarthTrafford
03-17-2008, 08:37 PM
The movie was awesome.
I loved the new characters training to be JOES, like Ratpack, Big Lob and Law & Order and Jinx.
The scene when Cobra Commander claps and says "Bravo" when Nemisis Enforcer beats up Road Block(I think) and then NE backhands Cobra Commander...just awesome.
I've looked on amazon.com for the movie and some people are selling it on their auction pages for up to $100? WTF?
:chew

Khev
03-18-2008, 11:51 AM
Any Peter Cullen connection is cool in my book. :)

I just bought the movie here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/G-I-Joe-The-Movie-2000-DVD-Brand-New-Sealed-Rare_W0QQitemZ350035777668QQihZ022QQcategoryZ617QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

That's a good price for anyone else still looking to pick it up since its now out of print. I know Hasbro is supposedly releasing it in one of their upcoming 25th anniversary battle packs but I didn't want to have to shell out $29.99 to get it with some action figures I won't want when its $10 less on the 'bay. Can't wait for it to arrive!

Holy crap, this seller just had 14 negative feedbacks filed against him in the last few days from various people who bought the GI Joe movie from him and never received it. I'm assuming I'll be added to that list as well. Ignore my previous recommendation. :monkey1

Khev
03-25-2008, 10:56 AM
Well what do you know, I filed a fraud claim with Paypal and the movie magically showed up in my mailbox a few days later. I still wouldn't recommend buying through that guy with all of his recent negative feedbacks. Its sweet to be able to watch the flick on the big screen. :)

DarthTrafford
03-26-2008, 09:51 PM
I just got GI JOE The Movie off of eBay for $10 not used!
Shop Victoriously indeed!
:chew

DarthTrafford
04-14-2008, 08:30 PM
I just got it on Saturday and afte watching the movie I watched all the PSA's they had after the episodes.
One thing I never got was why the JOE's never helped any of those kids.
The one kid drowning...how about saving him 1st then teaching him how to tread water...LOL
:chew

lerath666
04-14-2008, 08:57 PM
the BEST psa's are the new ones on the back of the comic packs.
Also, In b4 The BEST THE BEST THE BEST... etc.