"Stormhawks" was the nickname of Judge David Johnson's tenth grade bowling team. Why? Because...well, no reason, really. It just sounded cool.
The sky is never the limit.
Culled from the Cartoon Network series, Tales from the Atmos features four episodes (five including the bonus episode) of action-packed action following the Storm Hawks as they fly through the air and battle evil and get into adventures—not necessarily in that order.
The Storm Hawks, led by hotshot flyboy Aerrow, fly through the skies in their ship the Condor, trying to rid the planet Atmos of the evil of the Cyclonians, a band of evil marauders. Most of their encounters take place in the air at insane speeds with laser beams traded consistently and bad guys just managing to parachute out of their exploding aircraft.
How about a closer look at the episodes featured on the disc:
• "Best Friends Forever"
• "The Black Gorge"
• "Absolute Power"
• Bonus Episode—"Fire and Ice"
Cool show. The storylines are decent, and not dissimilar from any number of other hyperkinetic animated half-hours (squad of diverse, wise-cracking young people saving some kind of planet and perpetrating mild violence on their enemies while simultaneously learning valuable life lessons). The characters are colorful and engaging, but what really plowed me over was the animation. This is just a fantastic looking show, one of the slickest I've seen in some time. The animation is sharp, detailed and hugely colorful, and the action scenes, of which there are many, are rendered with explosive success. Seriously, the show kind of rocks. And it's pretty funny; props to the Canadian accents in "Fire and Ice."
Bottom line: If I were young enough to regularly watch cartoons, I'd be all over the Storm Hawks.
The excellent animation is presented in a razor-sharp 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen presentation, supplemented by a 2.0 stereo audio mix. Trailers and a minute-long montage of the Cyclonians are it for extras. In addition, there was a mini comic book included.
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