You may recall the anime-inspired TIE Fighter short film that Otaking77077, AKA Paul Johnson, posted after four long years of work. Lately he's been putting a similarly colossal amount of effort into a short animated tribute to Irem's classic arcade shooter R-Type, and the results are here via the Mashed YouTube channel. Hit the jump for more.
You're off the force, Link! If you ever wanted to know what The Legend of Zelda would be like as a Hong Kong crime drama, DaysideTV has just the short for you. Watch Link go off on his own to avenge Navi and rescue Zelda in their parody short after the jump.
Hardcore Shenmue fans are a dedicated lot. Would Yu Suzuki really be able to realize his dream of making Shenmue III without years and years of outspoken fans crying for more? This dedication shines through in A Gamer's Journey: The Definitive History of Shenmue, an upcoming documentary from cinematographer/filmmaker Adam Sipione. Hit the jump for a trailer.
Classic '90s space flight simulator/space combat computer gaming meets classic '80s sci-fi anime as the OtaKing (Paul Johnson, not to be confused with Gainax co-founder and fellow YouTuber Toshio Okada) has presented the final, finished results of four years of work with a Star Wars: TIE Fighter tribute. Check it out after the jump.
Animator and comedian Johnny McHone recently put his iPhone to fantastic use, combining it with the six-second-video-making Vine app to post a stop-motion tribute to The Legend of Zelda. The impressive mix of figure and clay animation has since been compiled in a YouTube video, which you can watch after the jump.
It's been a pretty good week for fan films. In addition to Joseph Kahn's POWER/RANGERS bootleg—which has since been removed from Vimeo thanks to Saban—there's also the pilot episode of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope. Hit the jump for more.
I don't know that I love this dark and violent Power Rangers short film by Joseph Kahn (Torque, a bunch of commercials), but I'm glad it exists. It's a really well-made short produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry), starring Dawson's Creek's James Van Der Beek and Battlestar Galactica's Katie Sackhoff, and you can watch it after the jump.
Last month we posted a preview for a live-action Naruto short film by independent filmmakers Epic Rival. The full tribute is now online, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes, and you can see the impressive and (literally) explosive fight between Tenten and Neji go down after the jump.
Independent filmmakers Epic Rival hopped on Facebook to show off some footage from a live-action Naruto project that's been in the works for a while. Dig the opening scene of Naruto Shippuden: Dance of War, which features a showdown between Tenten and Neji, after the jump.
Remember back in May when Canada-based CineGround Media unleashed its impressive live-action Akira trailer? The crowd-sourced Akira Project stayed very faithful to the style of Katsuhiro Otomo's original theatrical anime adaptation of his own manga, and you can see how they did some of it thanks to a behind-the-scenes video.
If the folks at the Gritty Reboots YouTube channel were trying to bum us all out with their live-action Adventure Time movie trailer, they succeeded. Watch as a more depressing vision of the Land of Ooo unfolds after the jump.
Nintendo's original Game Boy has been in existence for 25 years, so there's a lot of nostalgia floating around for it and its washed out greenish color palette. Thus, Game Boy Movie and its Mario vs. Pokémon Trainer battle wouldn't normally be that special… if it didn't introduce an extremely unsettling claymation Pikachu after the jump.
While Hollywood struggles to realize a live-action take on Katsuhiro Otomo's classic Akira, Canada-based CineGround Media has a new preview of director/producer Nguyen-Anh Nguyen's vision for The Akira Project. It aims to be as faithful as possible to the source material, and you can see if you think they're on the right track in the trailer after the jump.
While we wait for both the next Super Smash Bros. game and Star Wars Episode VII, animator James Farr is back to mashing up both with Super Smash Wars 2: The Empire Smashes Back. Peep the two-parter sequel after the jump.
Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Get ready for some live-action fan film fun as Link takes on the evil wizard Agahnim! And there's a dark mask! It's not really worthy of all these exclamations but I can't stop! Hit the jump!