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War of the Worlds: Goliath

13/07/2009. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Here comes a new steampunk anime movie set in 1914. In 1900, invaders from Mars attacked the Earth. The Martian's 80 ft tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth's tiny bacteria. Fourteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilising captured Martian technology. War of the Worlds: Goliath will feature heat rays, steam-powered battle Tripods, souped up biplane and triplane fighters, a 1,500-foot long, armoured battle Zeppelin and a re-imagined steampunk New York City are some of the visuals that are being brought to life in this production.

Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force, A.R.E.S., is Mankind's first line of defence against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders. Based in a massive fortress complex at the south end of Manhattan Island, the young warriors of A.R.E.S. train under the leadership of Secretary of War, Theodore Roosevelt, and the grim General Kushnirov.

War of the Worlds: Goliath

And return the Martians do. The rematch finds the multinational squad of the A.R.E.S. battle Tripod Goliath on the front-lines of a vicious interplanetary offensive when the Martian invaders launch their second invasion using even more advanced alien technology.

This is the saga of War of the Worlds: Goliath, a 90-minute, animated, steampunk tale of war, comradeship and courage under fire.

The skies above the battlefields will be filled with the dying as the advanced fighter planes of A.R.E.S., under the command of Manfred Van Richthofen, battle against the agile Martian Flying Wings. Goliath Squad will even find themselves locked in hand-to-hand with the tentacled aliens as they confront the invaders in the steamy depths of a vast power plant turned Martian Hive.

Goliath Squad's fight will take them from the misty woods of upstate New York and their first encounter with the alien invaders, to the open skies and canyon lands of the New Mexican desert and ultimately, to a battle for Manhattan itself as the enemy attempts to destroy A.R.E.S. at its very heart. Combat will rage on the ground as the steam-powered battle Tripods of A.R.E.S. square off against their lethal Martian counterparts.

Produced by Tripod Entertainment, War of the Worlds: Goliath is being directed Joe Pearson (Epoch Ink Animation), and written by David Abramowitz (Highlander). Featuring the voice talents of Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, Adam Baldwin, Elizabeth Gracen, Jim Byrnes and many others, the movie is being animated in a combination of CG and traditional cel animation in Seoul, South Korea.

Currently in mid-production, War of the Worlds: Goliath is scheduled for release to DVD in early 2010.

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