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Speaking of heroes and heroines whose origins are from farther east, I would like to share with you all this Asian heroine and this Asian hero, respectively:

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Mulan comforts Mushu at the end of her movie

 

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A) Mulan, or she who is as mighty, brave and noble as a warrior, as she is young, fair and beautiful as a maiden, and whose story—a story that is as much well known familiar to the peoples of all Asia (including the people of her indigenous China) as the story of Cinderella is much well known and familiar to the peoples of Europe and the United States—provided the basis for a hand drawn Disney movie from 16 years ago.

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B) Samurai Jack, or he who is my kind of guy, a time-displaced warrior swordsman prince of Medieval Japan, my cartoon hero, my favorite cartoon samurai as well as my main Asian man (if only AVATAR’s Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) counts as ‘my main blue man’) and he who wants to go back to his own time and place so he can do the killin’ blow to the evil shape shifting demon wizard Aku, the Master of Masters, Deliverer of Darkness, and Shogun or Sorrow, or whatever Aku’s self-proclaimed titles are…

Anyway, speaking of Samurai Jack:

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When he was a little kid, when Aku got his jailbreak thanks to an eclipse, he got send around the world by his mom and dad to train among all manner of warriors. And when he return to his home as a fully grown adult, after a battle between him and Aku’s taskmasters, Jack challenges Aku to an epic duel in the hope of undoing the damage Aku has wrought upon his home, but that was before Aku gave Jack the boot to the future that is AKU!

If we will never, ever possibly get a proper ending for Samurai Jack from Genndy Tartakovsky himself, then too bad, but just like Jack who swears to god not to give up on his quest to find the time portal and go back to his own time and place so he can finally do the killin’ blow to Aku and his future world, Genndy Tartakovsky will never, EVER give up on a big screen Samurai Jack movie that will possibly feature the long promised proper ending to the show.

And if the big screen Samurai Jack feature film project might ever become a reality, an actuality as well as a fact, I certainly  hope that even in its ultimate form, the big screen Samurai Jack feature film project might end up not only succeeding where non-Disney 2D hand drawn animated things such as The Powerpuff Girls Movie failed to do, but also fulfilling a rare, never-before-done wish for any animated movie of the non-Disney variety and especially of the hand-drawn variety: becoming hopefully one of the most popular and successful movies of all time (be it live action, animated, Disney, Not-Disney, Hand Drawn, CGI, or otherwise) , let alone drawing record crowds and hopefully eclipsing the likes of The Lion King, the Shrek and Toy Story films, or even Disney’s Frozen or so as one of, or if not, the animation industry’s biggest and most phenomenal financial success or so.

But for now, I am just kidding.

Anyway, as for the legendary Chinese female warrior Mulan…

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Most Americans will forever remember Mulan through Disney’s interpretation of her story.

I, for one, did not think a woman like—and such as—the legendary Mulan—could be THAT mighty, brave and noble as a warrior when she is THAT young, fair and beautiful as a maiden…

Again, I never, ever think a woman—especially one from farther east like the aforementioned Mulan—could be as mighty, brave and noble as a warrior as she is young, fair and beautiful as a maiden.

That, again, is just my two cents.

One more thing.

I would also quote from the Emperor of China whom Mulan saves from the villainous Shan-Yu and the Mongols (or Huns, as the Disney movie refer to them):

“I’ve heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan.

You stole your father’s armor,

ran away from home,

impersonated a soldier,

deceived your commanding officer,

dishonored the Chinese Army,

destroyed my palace,

and you have saved us all.”

Anyway, I am asking you all this:

What are the differences between Mulan and Samurai Jack? And what are the similarities, or comparison and contrast , if you will, between Samurai Jack and Mulan?

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Do you remember the Dexter’s Laboratory Made-For-TV special-cum-movie, Ego Trip?

Well, I do remember Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip. I have once seen it on New Year’s Day 2011 at 7AM on Cartoon Network in my basement.

And I like that movie besides James Cameron’s 2009 science fiction 3D extravaganza, AVATAR, or one of Dreamworks’ better CGI flicks, How to Train Your Dragon (2010), but nothing in Ego Trip or AVATAR is as epic as the climatic battle that pits Dexter and his future selves against Mandark and his future selves in Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip, or what James Cameron describes as “The Mother of All Battles”, the Climatic War-Cum-Battle that pits Jake (as Toruk Makto, aka Rider of Last Shadow), Neytiri, Tsu’Tey, the Na’vi clans, Norm, Trudy Chacon, and The wildlife of Pandora (a Leonopteryx, Banshees, Direhorses, Hammerheads, Viperwolves, Sturmbeests, and last but not least, the Thanator that Neytiri rides in battle against Quaritch in his AMP Suit), against Quaritch and the so-called “Sky People” (and especially those in AMP Suits, too, especially Quaritch) in James Cameron’s AVATAR.


But alas…there is a difference between Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip and James Cameron’s AVATAR and both scenes from both movies.

You see, while the Na’vi of James Cameron’s AVATAR had come across as Performance Capture CGI and brought to life from actors’ performances such as those of Sam Worthington, Laz Alonso and Zoe Saldana…

Dexter, with Dexter and Dexter and Dexter…

and Mandark with Mandark and Mandark and Mandark…

 as well as Dee Dee herself…

 are only 2D traditional hand drawn animated cartoons.

 And while James Cameron’s AVATAR is made for movie theatres and in 3D and runs between 162 and 180 minutes…


Dexter’s Laboratory Ego Trip is just a one-hour Dexter’s Laboratory made-for-TV special-cum-movie.

But anyway, I love both Dexter’s Laboratory (and Ego Trip as well) and James Cameron’s AVATAR.

What did you think of the climatic battle scenes in Ego Trip and Avatar (the James Cameron Movie), respectively? Which one is superior? Which one is better? Which one is funny? Which one is violent and grown up? And how do you compare and contrast the climatic battle scene in Ego Trip with the climatic battle scenes in James Cameron’s AVATAR?