Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins STUPIDITY

Oh, did you think Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm was the first time Sub-zero and friends assaulted the medium of animation with a big fat stupid stick? Not so! Back in 1995, MK was at the top of its game and not even a major motion picture was enough to contain the Outworldish popularity. Enter: Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins! It’s one of the first times I can remember a straight-to-video animated movie released to coincide with a theatrical film, and that’s not even the end of the new territory this hilarious heap forged on VHS and – fuck yes! – Laserdisc.

In addition to 55 minutes of unrelenting stupidity, MK: The Journey Begins is also features some trailblazing animation effects, showcasing a combination of traditional hand-drawn toonage with computer-generated animation... and it paid a very high price for being a pioneer. In addition to being just above-and-beyond ridiculous, this is one of the most awkward looking cartoons you’re likely to see starring characters you know and love.

Above: CG animation in its infancy… glorious

I have no idea how the hell anyone could craft a piece of animation that looks like it was made using pre-Star Wars blue screen/matte effects, but Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins manages to accomplish that amazingly, and was terrible at everything else. Once again, thanks to theswitcher for editing the outlandish madness into a far more digestible ten minutes of good-natured mockery. More stupidity highlighted in screenshots below.

Above: Did he teleport behind him, or did Lui Kang just have a Scorpion-shaped idea?

Above: So that’s how Scorpion does it! Like Spider-man!

Above: Note the sense of scale, proximity and perspective... Now go ahead and laugh

Apr 14, 2011

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  • Redeater - April 14, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    I am loving this whole Mortal Kombat retardation week!!
  • Sy87 - April 14, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    I remember this I was so anger because I was trying to get the actual movie and not this stupid thing. Yes I did like the 1st movie but mainly because of the reptile fight. And I was like what 7 don't dis me. But ya I hated this. This one is stupid.
  • yetanotherCid304 - April 14, 2011 10:15 p.m.

  • Mikaro - April 14, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    I..... I owned this as a child.... I watched it.... so.... many.... times.... god.....
  • Triplzer0 - April 14, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    That was amazing. Thank you for that.
  • Siion - April 14, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    I didn't watch these cartoons so i don't have the nostalgia that most others do but these are awesome.
  • MonocledYaoGuai - April 14, 2011 10:43 p.m.

    Holy CRAP! I owned this as a kid and I had forgotten the name (as well as if it was real)! Nice to see this again, but i'll stick with my nostalgia to tell me how good it was.
  • tankdempsey - April 14, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    i was laughing so hard at the animation even now i still hate MK videos games r sick cuz of fatality moves and brutalties in MK VS DCU
  • MikeMov89 - April 14, 2011 11:13 p.m.

    I loved this when I was younger, I watched it multiple times the goro battle was amazing, I think I may still have this film on VHS :D
  • degozaru55 - April 14, 2011 11:19 p.m.

    Same as above i have this on vhs:)
  • wampastompa - April 14, 2011 11:32 p.m.

    hahaha I must have watched this 30 times when I was younger. I wore that VHS out. This has been my favorite week on Gamesradar by far, I never realized how much of an MK fanboy I am
  • UndyingReaver - April 14, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    Oh wow...i remember loving this as a child, looking back it is dam hilarious.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 14, 2011 11:42 p.m.

  • therawski - April 15, 2011 12:21 a.m.

    I've still got my vhs tape, don't know how I got it, but I never had a box for it, wonder if there ever was one.
  • thedonut - April 15, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I used to watch the cartoon. And Street Fighter came on after that. Good times...
  • 2cute2Bcruel - April 15, 2011 1:39 a.m.

    I own this. No joke.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - April 15, 2011 2:13 a.m.

    Why did I stand for this? Even as a child?!
  • TheWhiteLight - April 15, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    God, I remember seeing this at a video store and getting really excited about it. I thought it was the actual movie, which had just come out. When I actually watched it, I was amazed at how shitty it was. Even as a 9 year old, I knew this was fucking stupid. That unedited fight scene is fucking gold.
  • abhorerofmoppets - April 15, 2011 7:27 a.m.

    Damn...I could only watch it for 4 minutes. Strangely though, I now have a need to own this horrible movie. Hi Ho eBay, Away!
  • NathanXplosion - April 15, 2011 8:38 a.m.

    I can't believe I never heard of this before. I thought I owned everything Mortal Kombat back then.

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