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Lazer Team is a sci-fi comedy film produced by Rooster Teeth (RWBY, Red vs. Blue) and is a result of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (collecting pledges of US$2.4 million against a campaign target of US$650,000). In the film, four friends stumble upon an alien battle suit and find themselves in a dilemma when they split the suit among themselves. Reviews for the film have been surprisingly positive: "If you want to see the greatest cinematic usage of the jerk-off hand motion (to date), watch Lazer Team. It’s a bit of satirical sci-fi comedy that only the guys at Rooster Teeth can dream up, given a strong love for egregious dick jokes and non-stop references to Independence Day." - Matt Donato, We Got This Covered "3 super-robotic burritos out of 5. Lazer Team might not be a non-stop laugh-a-minute type of movie, but taken as a low-budget, high-energy, quick-witted homage to the best in 1980s matinee movies, it manages to be a pretty good time." - Scott Weinberg, Nerdist "3 1/2 out of 5 skulls. Comical, surprisingly intelligent, and entertaining, Lazer Team is a movie that’s worth watching, and stands a step above other popcorn flicks of its nature. Although the formula is somewhat predictable, and the plot admittedly pretty silly, the film still manages to be a success, based partially on a script that provides some interesting notes on today’s individualistic-driven generation, and the raw power that comes from good old teamwork." - Kalyn Corrigan, Bloody Disgusting Lazer Team premieres in select U.S. theaters on January 27. Official Site
RWBY ("Ruby") Rooster Teeth Productions, 2013-2016 Directed by Monty Oum and Kerry Shawcross Created by the late Monty Oum (1981-2015) Written by Miles Luna, Kerry Shawcross and Monty Oum Running Time: Between 4-18 minutes per episode Rated TV-PG for sci-fi violence. Cast Lindsay Tuggey-Jones as Ruby Red Karla Eberle as Weiss Schnee Arryn Zech as Blake Belladonna Barbara Dunkelman as Yang Xiao Long Miles Luna as Jaune Arc Samantha Ireland as Nora ValkyrieJen Brown as Pyrrha Nikos Monty Oum as Lie Ren (Volumes 1-2) Neath Oum as Lie Ren (Volume 3) Adam Ellis as Cardin Winchester Shane Newville as Russel Thrush Shannon McCormick as Professor Ozpin Kathleen Zuelch (Tex in Red vs. Blue) as Glynda Goodwitch Ryan Haywood as Prof. Peter Port Joel Heyman as Dr. Bartholomew Oobleck Caiti Ward as Velvet Scarlatina Michael Jones as Sun Wukong Kerry Shawcross as Neptune Vasilias Taylor Pelto as Penny Garrett Hunter as Adam Gray G. Haddock as Roman Torchwick Jessica Nigri (famous cosplayer) as Cinder J. J. Castillo as Mercury Black Jack Pattillo as Junior Margaret Tominey as Melanie and Miltia Malachite Adam Ellis as Tukson Jason Rose as Gen. James Ironwood Patrick Rodriguez as the Shopkeeper Jen Taylor (Cortana in Halo) as the Narrator Synopsis In a world of magic and monsters, four young huntresses-in-training enter Beacon Academy to hone their skills and try their best to get along with each other. Story: B Rooster Teeth, the company behind the popular Red vs. Blue series, presents to us their homage to modern anime and role-playing games. RWBY starts off with an action-filled pilot episode, as Ruby Red uses her Crescent Rose scythe to fend off against a group of thugs. Then the series slows its pace to introduce the central characters and mix both anime and western styles of comedy in between. Animation: B+ The cel-shaded animation is rendered using Poser Pro 2014. Some simplistic designs and lack of detail are signs of the series' low budget. Despite these shortcomings, the presentation wows viewers with its lovely mix of light and dark colors, and the way it captures the anime look. Soundtrack: A- Perhaps the show's strongest point is the soundtrack, which consists of the punchy power metal-oriented opening theme "This Will Be the Day" and an array of different ending theme songs. The Bottom Line RWBY may be low-budget and short on running time, but it sure beats whatever is on Cartoon Network these days. It's also one of the better western tributes to anime. Links Rooster Teeth Rooster Teeth's Official YouTube Homepage References The Internet Movie Database