Unfortunately, the teen-aged Thor’s hammer in the animated feature Legends of Valhalla: Thor is not named either “Mjolny” or “Meow-Meow.” Instead, said hammer has been given the nail-on-the-head, yet humorously ironic due to the character’s apparent neurotic tendencies, name of “Crusher.” Despite that minor hiccup, Caoz’s (think, the Nordic answer to Pixar) production has the not-minor distinction of being Iceland’s most expensive film ever, with a budget of 8.5 million Euros — which is only about $20 million, much less than the average U.S. 3-D animated movie.
Legends of Valhalla also has the distinction of being one of the few kid’s flicks that speaks frankly about adolescent masturbation, if I’m interpreting the way Thor is holding Crusher in that header pic correctly. I could just be watching too much Dr. Horrible. Honestly, the full length trailer is Asgardian all over the place, so I could be mistaken:
The first teaser is much more coherent, being a short film, or a sketch really, of the over enthusastic Thor trying to force his destiny like a more creative, less whiny Luke Skywalker. It works pretty well, and not least of all because Thor’s mother could feasibly birth a god:
And here’s the second teaser, which like the first is more of a sketch than an advertisement. If that advertisement is a public service announcement concerning the aforementioned benefits of persistent hammer practice. (Fair warning: Thor plays with his hammer for the entire 83 seconds, complete with a metaphorical money shot.)
Currently, Legends of Valhalla: Thor isn’t set for a release beyond Northern Europe, but it is being offered to distributors in North America and all over the world. Marvel’s Thor being a hit definitely helps open doors and “lowers barriers” to audience comprehension for the movie, so you could find it at a Midgard theater near you some time next year. As silly as the talking hammer strikes me, the movie does look like some pretty genuine fun in the vein of Disney’s Hercules or DreamWorks’ Kung-Fu Panda.
Here’s hoping it will play at one of the many fine establishments that serves beer, thus allowing viewers to raise their mead-filled steins in appropriate celebration. Huzzah.
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, co-hosts the podcast We’re Not Fanboys, and tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar. From now on he’s calling his hammer “Mjolny,” whether he, or anyone else, likes it or not.