Similar to the way DC is cross-promoting their Green Lantern movie with a tie-in animated film on DVD, Marvel has announced a cartoon DVD release connected to one of their movies from this summer. Thor, in theaters May 6, is being cross-promoted with Thor: Tales of Asgard.
This original animated movie will be available as a Blu-ray combo pack (list price $29.99), a DVD ($19.98), and on game consoles on May 17 from Marvel Animation and Lionsgate. It’s a flashback story to young Thor, on a quest for the legendary Lost Sword of Surtur, accompanied by the Warriors Three (Jay Brazeau, Paul Dobson, Jonathan Holmes).
Special features (subject to change) are planned to include two commentaries — one with supervising producer Craig Kyle and screenwriter Greg Johnson, the other with supervising director Gary Hartle, animation director Sam Liu, and character designer Phil Bourassa — a making-of featurette, and an episode of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Here’s a clip, described as “Loki plays a prank on the wolf Fenris in the Port Hole Pub while Thor and the Warriors Three look on.”
This looks like a rather standard fantasy tale, which is one of the stumbling blocks that prevents me from being a Thor fan — the old-fashioned type of sword-and-hammer adventure in which a young pup hero learns wisdom and humility just doesn’t interest me. I did note that the talented Grey DeLisle (Daphne, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated) is voicing Sif, while Thor is Matthew Wolf (continuing the role from Hulk Vs.) and Loki is Rick Gomez. All the Norsemen are British, or at least, voiced in a British accent, possibly to suggest ye olden times.