Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie – we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
During 1994 Capcom were going crazy trying to do spin-offs to their popular series. With a new a update to Street Fighter II in the arcades (Super Street Fighter II), Universal Studios were about to release a live-action adaptation of the game with Jean Claude Van Damme (which turned out to be a huge disappointment). In Japan a feature length cartoon was also on the cards and got released in August of ’94. Everyone outside of Japan had to wait for a year for the English dub to be completed. When we finally got it, it was a massive improvement over the Van Damme film. A very faithful take on the arcade game and with a great heavy metal soundtrack!
Let’s have a look back at this classic and see if it still stands up today and also see what else Capcom managed to milk from the franchise during the release of this anime.