Animated Manhattan: G.I. Joe: The Movie
Part 20 in an ongoing series looking at New York City in animation.
Okay, so most of G.I. Joe: The Movie takes place outside of New York. But the ridiculous opening battle takes place at the Statue of Liberty, so that’s what I’m going to concentrate on. I debated whether or not one location is enough to qualify for the “Animated Manhattan” series, but the waves of nostalgia I had watching this convinced me to include it.
It all starts on a pleasant night at the Statue of Liberty.
Balloons are sent up in celebration of some sort.
Oh, no! The evil forces of Cobra are parachuting down to ruin everything!
But wait. Who is that watching from the torch? [Note: This movie came out in 1987 but still depicts the statue’s original torch, which had been replaced the year before]
Yo, Joe! G.I. Joe is there!
They’ll surely save the day. If they can stop Cobra from planting a bomb, there’s no way any harm could come to the statue.
The damage doesn’t look so bad from here.
Cobra has been defeated!
A lot of the movies and TV shows in the “Animated Manhattan” series have scenes at the Statue of Liberty. In general, they tend to get the details right, especially in close-ups. This sequence doesn’t really fare much better or worse than the others, but it’s nice to have a scene where Lady Liberty plays such a prominent role. Unfortunately, this all has nothing to do with the rest of the movie, which is about Golobulus, the leader of a reptilian race who is trying to steal a Broadcast Energy Transmitter so he can mutate everyone on Earth by ripening space spores.
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle.
Bonus: An edited version of the sequence is on YouTube.