Thor: Tales of Asgard (2011) Movie Review


When “Huk Vs.” hit way back in 2009 it had a teaser for Marvel’s next film, “Thor: Tales of Asgard.” Then “Planet Hulk” came out instead, and though it was very good, I was confused as to where the Thor film went. There was a look at the opening scene of the film included on that disc, and it had promise. Then nothing…until a few months ago. With the big budget “Thor” film beginning to gain some steam, “Tales of Asgard” was finally being talked about for release. And though two years was a long time, I would have to say that if this is Marvel’s last animated film with Lionsgate, it was a very good one.

“Tales of Asgard” actually takes viewers to a time that hasn’t really been explored much in the comics, Thor’s teen years before he became the hammer wielding icon we all know, or are getting to know in theatres. A pre-adult Thor itches for some real adventure after being kept within the safety of the palace walls his entire life. He’s a spoiled, egotistical prince, with his younger brother Loki only adding to the situation by praising him so much. I know what you’re thinking…wait isn’t Loki Thor’s archenemy. Well they weren’t always at each other’s throats. Quite the opposite, here they’re portrayed as loving brothers. And it really works well, and sets the stage for the complete change in relationship that they have later on.

Thor and Loki stow away aboard the ship of the Warriors Three and embark on a journey of self discovery, and thrills. There is no big bad in this film, and almost everyone has a sympathetic aspect to them, making them all the more interesting as characters. Other Thor mainstays and characters include Sif, The Enchantress, and of course Odin. The art is absolutely gorgeous and the mythical/fantasy aspect is expanded upon in this film moreso than I’ve seen before. They really went the distance with this world and it feels truly believable.

The voice cast was also very good. It’s actually mostly the same voice cast from “Hulk vs Thor,” with Matthew Wolf returning to voice a younger Thor, and Brent Chapman, Paul Dobson, and Alistair Abell voicing Volstagg, Hogun, and Fandral again. Fandral is hysterical. Rick Gomez voices Loki, and Tara Strong (she of many voices) plays the young Lady Sif. I really liked the cast for this as they were all very endearing and fit the characters to the letter.

This was a very well done film, and it’s a shame they waited the two years to release it, as they could’ve done a sequel to it that took place a few years later showing the progression of the characters. But I digress. The film is definitely worth a shot. Anyone worried it’s more kiddie fair like “Next Avengers” needn’t worry, as this was definitely going for a PG-13 vibe with some of the subject matter. As it stands the film is unrated.

The DVD/Blu-ray combo comes with some great extras, and both discs are exactly the same, containing the same contents for both DVD and Blu-ray.

Extras Include:

  • Audio commentary with Supervising Producer Craig Kyle and Screenwriter Greg Johnson
  • Audio commentary with Supervising Director Gary Hartle, Animation Director Sam Liu and Character Designer Phil Bourassa
  • “Worthy: The Making of Thor: Tales of Asgard” featurette
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Bonus Episode “Thor, The Mighty!” from the new hit TV series

Also included are trailers for the past Marvel Animation releases. Overall I think this was a decent way for Marvel to end their run, or at least take a break on. It’s something familiar yet different and it’s an endearing and engaging story, with great action, characters and humor. Definitely check it out.

Sam Liu (director) / Greg Johnson (screenplay)
CAST: Matthew Wolf … Thor (voice)
Rick Gomez … Loki (voice)
Brent Chapman … Volstagg (voice)
Chris Britton … Odin (voice)
Clancy Brown … Frost Giant (voice)
Tara Strong … Sif (voice)
Paul Dobson … Hogun (voice)
Alistair Abell … Fandral (voice)

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  • Ulik

    Awesome! I was going to get this anyway but this reassures my eagerness to see this. The animation looks Disney-esque, could this be a sign to the start of Marvel being pressured by Disney to up-their animation game?

  • Ceejay Julien

    It wasn’t bad, it’s just who really wants to see Thor as a kid for an entire movie? It was enjoyable for most parts, the Warriors three came off really bad as buffoons rather than actual warriors who can kick butt. Odin was far too weak and Heimdall defending the rainbow bridge as a first line of defence from the invasion simply wasn’t in existence. Animation quality was way to basic, the quality of stock Disney straight to Home Video stuff. To be honest they wasted this opportunity to do an animated prequel to the live action film showing how a grown up Thor first got the uru Hammer. It would have been better than this Disneyesque kidfest.

    • Ulik

      Ok, I see your perspective on it. There was an opportunity to line it up with the live action version as a prequel of sorts but they went in another direction which I guess there was a reason for that. If anything maybe they should have led up to Thor’s age in the live action within this movie. I still haven’t seen it yet but, I do have to agree, this smells like Disney all over it.

      • Dedpool

        You guys are forgetting this was finished before preproduction and the script for the live action film was done. Yes it was put out as a marketing tie in but it had nothing to do with the live action. And this was made BEFORE Disney bought Marvel so again that has nothing to do with it. This was Lionsgate’s last animated film with marvel before their contract ended. Also they purposefully avoided using Mjolnir as the Mcguffin as that’s what everyone would expect. It really was a before they were icons type film. I liked that it took this adventure to prove that the Warriors Three were always great warriors, but people couldn’t see passed their mostly laid back nature. And that Loki and Thor were so close, and that Sif was a great warrior but being a young woman hindered her joining the Einajar. And finally they should put this out last year and done a sequel with an older Thor with his hammer on an adventure maybe fighting Ulik, Malekith, or Skurge the Executioner.