This week sees the release of animated masterpiece, Dante’s Inferno: An Animated Epic, which tells the first part of a medieval story about Dante Alighieri’s journey through the afterlife. Based on a poem from the 1300s called The Divine Comedy (Not the Band!) and written by the real-life Dante Alighieri, Dante’s Inferno shows us the first stage of his journey, where he must travel to the center of Hell, to try and escape to Purgatory. Dante isn’t just on a stroll through Hell, he and his guide Virgil are on a mission to save his love, Beatrice, from the evil clutches of Lucifer. Lucifer can be freed from Hell if he marries a soul that is Heaven bound, which is why he has Beatrice, so Dante, armed with Death’s soul-reaping scythe, must take on all kinds of demons and hideous monsters, as he battles through the 9 circles of hell – Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery.
6 different animation directors where brought on board this project to portray 6 different and original visions of Lucifer’s stomping grounds. The directors involved include Shuko Murase, who has worked on animation features like Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, and Ergo Proxy, and Yasuomi Umetsu, known for his work on Kite: Liberator, and animated classic, Akira. Batman: Gotham Knight had the same sort of idea, with different art styles and directors involved in the project, and it definitely produced a great animated feature, which bodes well for Dante’s Inferno. Continuing the “number of the beast” theme, the film will also be available with 6 different covers and in some stores a discount of $6.66 can be obtained for pre-orders of the movie.
The voice cast is packed full of well known vocal talents, most notably, Mark (Skywalker) Hamill, whose taking a break from his Joker voicing, along with fellow Batman voice actors, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Grey Delisle. Every one of them has vast experience in the voice acting field, most having experience working on hit video games, including Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age: Origins and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
The team producing this legendary tale (Joe Goyette & Cate Latchford) is the same team that brought us Dead Space: Downfall, a particularly gory look into the world of Dead Space the game, and you can expect the same amount of blood and guts in Dante’s Inferno.
As with Dead Space: Downfall, Dante’s Inferno was made as a “companion piece” to the video game of the same name, giving fans an in-depth look at the characters and story, but overall, director Mike Disa (Eight Crazy Nights) and writer, Brandon Auman (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), have surpassed expectations, creating a stand alone epic adventure into darkness.
Dantes Inferno: An Animated Epic is released today, on DVD and Blu-Ray, and coincides with the release of Dante’s Inferno the video game, available on PS3, PSP and Xbox 360. Keep an eye out for up-coming comic series based on Dante’s Inferno too!