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Review: Lily C.A.T.

Would a job be worth it if you had to spend 20 years of your life in cryogenic sleep? In September 1987, a group of people woke up to get ready for work, but wound up fighting for their lives.

Directing this 80 minute animation/horror/sci-fi is Hisayuki Toriumi.

The voice cast is: Mike Reynolds as Captain Mike Hamilton, Bob Bergen as Hiro Takagi, Brittany Harlowe as Carolyn, Cliff Wells as Dr. Harris Mead, Gregory Snegoff as Dick Berry, Joan-Carol O'Connell as Dorothy, Julie Maddalena as Nancy, Michael Sorich as Jimmy, Richard Cansino as Walt, Steve Bulen as Morgan W. Scott, Russel Case as Guy, Kerrigan Mahan as Watts and Steve Kramer as Dular.

In the 23rd century, companies are surveying distant planets for mining rights. The Sincam company is sending some employees to a new planet on a deep space cruiser called Saldes. The ship will travel for 20 years and since the crew will be in cryogenic sleep, they'll only age 1 year. After waking up from their cryogenic sleep, the ships crew and the Sincam employees quickly find out they're not alone on the ship. Something came aboard while they slept, and is now running loose inside with them...

This is one of those classic animes that has a solid fan base. Why... I have no idea. I do know that after watching it however, writers Hiroyuki Hoshiyama (script) and Hisayuki Toriumi (original story) came up with an outer space flick that should stay lost in the void of space.

One of the few things I liked about the play-through was that it kind of reminded me of the flick The Thing (1982) with it's constantly changing monster, which was done by Yoshitaka Amano.  It also has a bit of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) with the computer taking over the ship. However, with such great influences to the anime, it falls really short in the entertainment area. I liked how you didn't know who the "bad guy" was, and they did a good job on keeping the mystery a secret until the unveiling.  Yet the build up lacked most of the kills because they just find the bodies and you really don't see the monster all that much during the film till the end.

For an 80's flick, the anime looked pretty good. Not the best I've seen but definitely not the worst. The characters, that were designed by Yasuomi Umetsu and Yoshitaka Amano, looked good and everything moved smooth.

I caught the dubbed version and I thought the voice cast did  a good job.

Overall, this is 80 minutes of my life I will never get back and as much as I liked the monster and bits of classic films mixed into it, that's just not enough to make this one worthy of your time.

It's rated UR (unrated) but has violence and nudity.

2 stars

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