Shantae The Half-Genie Hero (also referred to as Shantae The Movie and released in the United Kingdom as such)is a 2004 computer-animated comedy film based on Wayforward's video game series of the same name,produced by Nickelodeon movies and distributed by Paramount Pictures Releasing. It was directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly in their directorial debutsand written by Jon Vitti.The film features the ensemble voices of Vivica A. Fox, Josh Gad, Robin Williams, Halle Barry, Kimiko Glenn, Kate Winslet, Bill Hader, Nika Futterman, Carolyn Lawrence, Shelley Long.
The Film was released on July 23, 2004, It received generally positive reviews and was a box office success, grossing $352 million worldwide against a $76 million budget and later gaining a cult following through television syndication and its home video release. It was the First Shantae Movie to be theatrical film. The film made its Video Game debut on Gameboy Color, to promote the Game Series based on this film.
Due to its success, the film was spun off into a Game series titled Shantae, which came out on GameBoy Color. A sequel, Shantae Risky's Revolution, was released on May 25, 2007.
- Vivica A. Fox as Shantae, an idealistic young purple-haired girl and aspiring Half-Genie hero.
Lorraine Nicholson as Young Shantae
Liliana Mumy as Younger Shantae
Bailee Madison as Youngest Shantae
- Halle Berry as Risky Boots, a executive at Scuttle Town office of defence and Shantae's Friend, However, she is a Evil Pirate in the VideoGame of the same name.
- Josh Gad as Bolo, a mature blue-haired boy who befriends Shantae.
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- Robin Williams as Mimic, a Excellent Engineer.
- Carolyn Lawrence as Evil-Shante, the Evil and Counterpart Clone of Shantae, charged of the Scuttle Town Office of Defence, and Nega-Shantae's daughter.
- Shelly Long as Nega-Shantae, the tyrannical owner of the Abandon Shop.
- Kate Winslet as Sky, a feisty blue-haired girl who is Bolo's younger brother.
- Anna Fairs as Twitch, a girl is apart of Ammo Baron's group and she is a befriends with Shantae
- Katie Griffin as Vinegar, a sister of Twitch and loved pools and she befriends Shantae
- Kimiko Glenn as Rottytops, a pessimistic Green-haired zombie girl who befriends Shantae.
- Fred Tatasciore as James the Tinkerbat, a large, friendly Shadow Humanoid who befriends Shantae.
- Bill hader as Anthlah, Shantae's father.
- Nika Futterman as Bahira, Shantae's Mother.
- Morgan Lily as Daisy, Shantae's pet Fairy and sidekick.
Lily also voices April
- Fred Stoller as Don the Tinkerbat, the gatekeeper at Scuttle Town Office of Defence
- Tom Kenny as Corey Proctor, Anthlah's rude, inconsiderate neighbor.
- Cristela Alonzo as Bolo's Mom
the film was on production in 1997 when Clay came up with the idea. In May 1999, Variety reported that Clay and Fregal would direct in his directorial debut on an animated comedy film based on the 2002 video game. It was once expected to be released in 2003 under the title Shantae, Production began in June 2000.
In November 2000, Paramount Pictures Pictures revealed the film's new title to be Shantae The Half Genie Hero, which would be produced by Phill Lord and Christopher Millier with Ramsey Ann Naito, Michael Ouweleen, and John Pomeroy writing the film's screenplay. In December 2000, it was announced that Adam Beechen would be added as a story writer.
On February 2003, after seeing the four teaser trailers that blue creature that ruin movies fourth time, Clay Kaytis and Fegal Reilly dedicated to do this same thing, but with Shantae and Bolo ruin two Cartoon Network shows and two Disney Movies for their teaser trailers are released in theaters; with Shantae ruin Aladdin and Johnny Bravo, and Bolo ruin Mulan and Samurai Jack. The four teaser trailers was released in July 5, 2003.
In January 2001, it was announced that actress Janice Kawaye and Josh Gad was cast as Shantae and Bolo, This is Janice Kawaye's second animated feature film role, However, on February 11, 2001, Janice was too busy voicing for other projects and didn't want to voice Shantae, and the new actress for Shantae was yet to be announced. By March 2001, it was later announced that Vivica A. Fox would replace the late Janice. The rest of the cast was announced in May 2001.
The film was animated in-house by Nickelodeon Movies in California.
Additional animation was done both domestically and overseas at Rough Draft Studios in both Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles, California, TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, AKOM Production Co., Ltd. in Seoul, South Korea, Wang Film Productions Co., Ltd. in Taipei, Taiwan, Bardel Entertainment, Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Mercury Filmworks in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Yowza! Animation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The layouts for the movie were done at Studio B Productions in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The digital production services for the movie were provided by Warner Bros. Animation in Burbank, California.
Shantae The Half-Genie Hero was originally planned to release in August 2001, but pushed to July 18, 2003 due to development time, then pushed to July 23, 2004 to avoid rivals against Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.
Shantae The Half Genie Hero premiered in Japan on June 17, 2004, and was theatrically released on July 23, 2004, in the United States, in United Kingdom on August 13, 2004, in Australia on September 10, 2004, and in the Canada on October 8, 2004.
- The film's first four teaser trailers was released with Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi on July 18, 2003. and it also shows before Piglet's Big Movie, Holes, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Daddy Day Care, Pokémon Heroes, Finding Nemo, Rugrats Go Wild and Sinbad Legends of the Seven Seas
- The first theatrical trailer was attached on September 15, 2003, and it shown Before Brother Bear, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade, Caillou's Holiday Movie, Scooby Doo! Monsters in Mexico and Scooby Doo! And The Legend of The Vampire.
- A second theatrical trailer was attached on March 21, 2004, and was shown Before Shrek 2, Home of the Range, Clifford's Really big movie, Teacher's Pet, The Incredibles, Shark Tale, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Polar Express, Scooby Doo! 2: Monsters Unleashed, Fat Albert, The Lion King 11/2, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeer's, Mulan II and Garfield The Movie.
- TV Spots began to air between June and August 2004.
The film was backed by a large marketing campaign, with various merchandise becoming available throughout 2004, Such as:
- Burger King, having put 9 toys for their Kids' Meal in the US and UK. The toys are Shantae, Bolo, Risky Boots, Uncle Mimic, Evil Shantae, Nega-Shantae, Rottytops, Daisy, and April.
- in the US and UK Mattel and Hasbro release Action-Figures, Toys and Board Games, (along with other characters from the film like Risky Boots, Evil Shantae, Nega-Shantae, RottyTops, Sky, and Uncle Mimic)
- in the US and UK Kellogg's Pop tarts have one of 11 Mini Plushes including Shantae, Bolo, Riskyboots, Sky, Evil Shantae, Nega-Shantae, Daisy, April, Rottytops and Sky.
Main Article Shantae The Half Genie Hero (Film)/Home media
Shantae: The Half-Genie Hero was released in the United States on DVD and VHS on November 18, 2004. The VHS included The Making of Shantae. The DVD included a new short film by The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy titled Grim's Cookie, audio commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, music videos, production notes, interactive games, and trailers and television spots.
The film along with other paramount movies was re-issued on DVD on May 15, 2007. It includes a movie ticket to its sequel Shantae Risky's Revolution. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 30, 2014, to promote the 10th Anniversary of this film. A 4K Ultra HD of this film along with a other Sequels will be released on May 19, 2020, to promote 30th anniversary of the company
On June 17, 2019, Shantae the Half-Genie Hero became available on Netflix.
Shantae the Half-Genie Hero had its network television premiere on Cartoon Network on November 19, 2004 before Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi series Premiere at 6:00 pm. It then aired on Paramount Network on March 19, 2005. ABC Family aired this movie on October 22, 2005. NBC aired this on February 18, 2006. TBS also aired it on Saturday, May 20, 2006. TNT aired this movie on August 19, 2006.
A video game based on the film was published by Sierra Entertainment and released on June 21, 2004, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advance, Xbox and GameCube.
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