Watch This: Animated Tribute to THE ROCKETEER

     June 28, 2011


Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer is a charming throwback that flopped at the box office when it opened in 1991 but has deservedly built up a cult following in the last twenty years.  At its core is a hero who doesn’t have superpowers or a dark secret.  He’s simply a good guy with a jetpack and because jetpacks are cool, what more do you need?  The movie even has Terry O’Quinn playing a completely sane (and therefore completely unbelievable) Howard Hughes.  More importantly, it manages to conjure up an old-school feeling of adventure and I’m hoping that Johnston brings that tone to his new 1940s action-adventure flick, Captain America: The First Avenger.

But back to The Rocketeer, a team of French animators created a short 20th anniversary tribute to the film and to the property’s creator, Dave Stevens.  Hit the jump to check out the delightful video.

Video via Bleeding Cool.


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  • Indiana Fett

    Love this underrated movie. It has a warm spirit about it, and a nice tone. If CAP-A is as good as this, it will be a win from me. I just wish it had sequels. (also, be nice if they could clean up some of the dated blue-screen FX for a bluray release. (Also love that art deco poster too.

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    Just looking at this 2 minute movie should have Pixar jumping on the rights to do a reboot!

    • Old Soldier

      Not a reboot and proper remake. Reboot involves changing the story and/or the original characters(like making one of the leads the opposite sex just to create controversy) and situations. If it aint broke, don’t fix it. I would bring back the original cast to do the voices. They did good the first time.

      • MRREUT

        that’s what I meant. The word reboot is used so often that it just slipped out of my fingers when I was typing. Sorry for the lack of elaboration.

  • J.R.

    I liked this movie a lot when it came out in ’91, hope in D23 the bluray is finally announced!!! Please!, cool animation btw

  • Elitist Prick

    I think it’s great that something like Rocketeer, a mostly forgotten film from the early 1990s, can continue to inspire people from another country into creating their own work. Even if your own film bombs (since artistic and financial success are often very different things), there are still people who will see it and love it, which is comforting.