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.