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Planet Hulk

action & adventure, anime & animation

Earth's mightiest heroes exiled him to outer space. Now the Incredible Hulk has crash-landed on a distant alien planet, ruled by the tyrannical Red King, and he must become the planet's mightiest gladiator if he wants to survive.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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1 out of 5

Animated Hulk movie is as violent as the feature films.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that even though this film based on a 2006 storyline from The Incredible Hulk comic book is animated, it's extremely violent and not meant for young kids. It's filled with slicing and dicing, punching and pummeling, and lots of blood and gore (of various colors). The entire plotline revolves around fighting, and when characters aren't fighting, they're talking about their next fight. Still, some teens may identify with the Hulk's outsized emotions and his extreme (hormonal) reactions: he feels rejected, gets angry, sulks, and wishes to be left alone. Ultimately, he learns to overcome these emotions through trust and friendship.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the fact that it's animated affect its impact? How would that change if it were live action?
  • The Hulk is reluctant to join the "hive" (or family) that his fellow slaves have formed. Why? Is he too angry? Is he afraid of being rejected again?
  • Other superheroes decided they didn't want to deal with the Hulk anymore, so they sent him away. How would this make the Hulk feel? Does it mean that he's a bad person?

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Audience Reviews

3 stars

Not nearly as good as the book but still the best Marvel direct to DVD movie.

- Godless, Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3 stars

Solid, if unexceptional Hulk story is bolstered by a change of scenery and a choice cameo, but suffers from overly familiar dramatics.

- Beefy, Sunday, February 7, 2010

3 stars

If you've read the comic version of Planet Hulk you know there's no way in hell the gang at Marvel Studios would be able to successfully pull off a feature-length animated adaptation. At least not in under 3 hours. The story is every bit as epic and monstrous as its protagonist and the most you can really hope for is a few scenes of ass-kicking fun. Fortunately you get just that with Planet Hulk, which tries to stay faithful to the original story but seems to realize about halfway through that it bit off more than it could possibly chew, then proceeds to try fitting 35 lbs into a 10-lb bag plotwise. This isn't to say Planet Hulk c o m p l e t e l y failed however. The fights are a total blast and I'll just say that not all of the differences from page to screen suck (namely with who replaces The Silver Surfer onscreen.) I wouldn't say this one's too kid-friendly and there was no hint of it's comic sequel, World War Hulk, in sight.

- mjgildea, Wednesday, February 3, 2010