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Author Topic: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?  (Read 6225 times)

Chris40000

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I was just curious, something ive always thought about lol . im sure loads space battles have been done. whats the best thats been done?
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009, 10:25:55 pm »

Well I don't really know for sure, but some I can suggest looking into:

Serenity: The police vs the reavers. Epic space battle
Star Wars of course.

And if you're thinking about games, i'd look at homeworld 1/2

Pretty sure this has been one of my thoughts at some point.
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2009, 11:44:12 pm »

STAR FOX!! My favorite video game franchise.

But other than that, yeah, Star Wars.
I'm not too sure about many more...
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 12:49:58 am »

did you get my email 3dgeek11?


yea i seen star wars battle for sure , amazing!!
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 10:45:55 pm »

I got a PM, not an email, though. Unless you meant to say PM.

I replied to the PM
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2009, 11:45:41 pm »

sorry thats what i meant PM lol
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2009, 12:58:25 am »

stargate has some pretty good spacebattles. dont know if i could say "of all time" but pretty good
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2009, 01:36:36 pm »

I don't know why this is in the forum but oh well.

Star Trek XI Movie has fantastic battle scenes, watch the movie and you might get some good ideas. :)
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2009, 04:35:53 pm »

I'm kinda partial to an old sci-fi series called "Space: Above and Beyond" I loved the way they showed their battles.
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2009, 01:30:38 am »

I'm kinda partial to an old sci-fi series called "Space: Above and Beyond" I loved the way they showed their battles.

whats that about ? :O
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2009, 03:39:44 pm »

Cowboy bebop, an old anime, has some nice space battles. Star wars and startrek ofcourse.
You might also want to check out 2001 - a space odyssey. It does not have any space battles, but succeded the most in re-creating space imo.

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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2009, 04:57:46 am »

I'm kinda partial to an old sci-fi series called "Space: Above and Beyond" I loved the way they showed their battles.

whats that about ? :O

Space Marines fighting an unknown alien race known as the "chiggers" You never (with only 2 exceptions) see what a chigger looks like outside their environmental suits.
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009, 01:24:34 pm »

I am yet to see a space battle in any movie that even vaguely resembles what such a battle might really be like.  George Lucas, in his Star Wars movies, has always drawn on the past for his inspiration; the dog fights in A New Hope more closely resembling WWI biplane warfare that that of modern fighter jets, and the battles between the huge cruisers in all the Star Wars films is straight out of the Napoleonic wars.  I have a hard time imagining that vehicles with sufficient technology to cross interstellar space have such low powered weaponry that they have to close in and broadside the enemy.  Why not nuke the enemy ship from several parsecs away?

Back to the dogfighting thing, I have never seen a movie space battle between small fighter-type vehicles that respected the physics involved in space flight, with the possible exception of some scenes in The Last Starfighter.  Vehicles moving through a vacuum cannot execute lovely banking turns, as if an atmosphere was applying pressure to the vehicles wings.  Speaking of wings, why the f%$& does an X-Wing have wings at all???

The nearest thing I have seen to a space battle that didn't totally ignore the physics of bodies moving through a vacuum is the old PC game "Elite".  Taking out a marauding pirate was nothing like a dog fight, and required a totally different mindset than the standard console game rubbish, and actually required a bit of an understanding of physics.

Unfortunately we humans are a rather unimaginative bunch, and we can't really imagine what the future of warfare might be like.  Could Napoleon have envisioned a modern cruiser, or an F18, or even a modern artillery piece capable of hitting a target that is over the horizon?  Do we really think that a space cruiser would need to be within sighting distance of a target before it can start shooting?  "Starship Troopers" is a good example of a really bad case of short-sightedness.  Why send infantry to that nasty alien planet, which was nothing but desert and big bad bugs?  Why not just nuke it from a nice safe distance? 

I think the main reason reality, logic, reason and physics tend to be ignored by filmakers is that the reality is just not interesting.  A modern high-speed fighter jet battle is really kinda boring from a spectator point of view, because the field of operations is just too damn big to be seen in its entirety from any vantage point.  If Heinlein had followed logic, and had his military nuke the surface of Klandathnu (or whatever that planet in Starship Troopers was called), his book wouldn't have made it past chapter one, and we would have been spared the movie.  On the other hand, there is a certain romanticism attached to WWI dogfights and Horatio Hornblower-esque broadsides, which look so much more dramatic on film.  There are some exceptions, such as Top Gun, which tried to show modern air warfare with some sort of accuracy, and succeeded to some extent (though it failed badly in the casting department...)

End of rant.
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2009, 01:42:05 pm »

I see we've delved a bit far from "animation" in some of the examples...

Hey now, no one mentions the funky little battle at the beginning of the "Lost in Space" movie from the end of the last millenium... but I suppose that one sort of slipped into the fog of time in many people's memories due to so much of its "hokey-ness".  Still, it had some fairly valiant animation attempts. 
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Re: What is the greatest outer space battle that has been animated ?
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2009, 01:55:06 am »

How could ANY of yoyu forget the new Battlestar Galactica?
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