Check out this high-flying animated ROCKETEER short!

by: James Wallace
June 24th, 2011

Disney's THE ROCKETEER is honestly one of my favorite films of all time. Probably my favorite comic book film of all time - the 1991 film from director Joe Johnson (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVANGER) is based on the late writer/illustrator Dave Stevens 1982 series which made its first appearance in Pacific Comics' Starslayer. So, if The Rocketeer stole your heart and flew up in sky with it like he did mine some 20 years ago, wait till you get a load of this...

In honor of the film's 20th anniversary and commemorative screening in Hollywood this past week, an animator by the awesome name of John Banana, who shares my love of the stunt pilot turned high flying superhero, made a Pixar-esque 2:19 animated trailer as a sort of fun kind of fantastic homage to a series that definitely should exist but probably never will.

Oh well, here's to dreaming. Hey, at least we'll always have Bulldog Cafe.

Did you know that creator Dave Stevens and screenwriters Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo envisioned THE ROCKETEER as a trilogy, akin to INDIANA JONES? Unfortunately, it never got off the ground so to speak, but hopefully Johnson's CAPTAIN AMERICA will achieve that same serialized retrosuperfuturistic tone that THE ROCKETEER had. I think he's the right man for the job considering he was also Art Director on RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and TEMPLE OF DOOM.

Check out Mr. Banana's Digital Banana Studios.

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  • http://www.gordonandthewhale.com JamesWallace

    Thanks for this very nice animation John! From one huge Rocketeer fan to another. :) It’s great to see that your short is beginning to make the rounds, as I’ve seen several other sites like /Film pick it up as well. It deserves it that’s for sure, and I hope this isn’t the last we see of your animated take on THE ROCKETEER! 

    • John Banana

      what is /Film ?!
      cheers

    • John Banana

      what is /Film ?!
      cheers

    • John Banana

      what is /Film ?!
      cheers

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