Sunday, May 25, 2008

Jackie Chan Adventures- "Origami"

Never saw this before, until recently; although I've seen it discussed on the O-List in the past:

A Jackie Chan Adventures episode #221 was called "Origami" an[d] aired 12/2001 on the WB Kid's Network.. A paper man steals an ancient Chinese painting from the Louvre, then changes into an eagle reminiscent of Lang's Eagle and takes flight. Jackie next appears at a famous art collectors house to offer to guard his collection. Viper is already there offering her service to Mr. Kasahara. The paper man appears and steals something of Mr. Kasahara's and Jackie again pursues the origami man. At one point, Jackie realizes that Kuniko Kasahara is the Origami thief. The climax starts with the origami man trying to steal a vase from the Louvre, but it is too heavy for the eagle to carry. There is a dramatic scene where Origami man has changed into a pterodactyl (Montroll-ish) and is chasing Jackie up the Eiffel Tower and his wing tips cut the steel cables supporting the stairs. The final scene shows Kasahara in jail folding little Jackie's and crushing them.

The character background states that Origami got his super powers because he found an enchanted square of paper with the power to transform. The paper REMADE him. Now us has some kind of "folding power" to transform into all kinds of shapes. Some pictures here

Episode Number: 27 Season Number: 2 First Aired: Monday November 5, 2001 Production Code: 221

Has anyone seen Origami Warriors before? I kinda looks like crap.


Joseph White said...

I used to watch this show occassionally. I have this episode taped on the same VHS as June Sakamoto's appearance on Martha Stewart's show. I thought it was kind of odd for Mr. Kasahara to be the villain, but it was an interesting use of Origami in a tv show.

I've not seen "Origami Warriors", but I've heard its like digimon or other such shows. Essentially the kids have genie companions, living origami, and they can change forms and battle. Its korean in origin I think.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yeah, I wonder if Kasahara's seen it.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully they'd ask him first before using his actual name like that.

Oh, and R.O.D. (Read or Die) is a decent Anime if you've heard of it. The original OAV is good, the main character is a paper master, and uses origami a few times through the movie. Usually its just many pieces of paper to do various things, such as block bullets or make a protective dome. The series following the movie is slightly more origami related, one of the heroines makes paper animals, such as a wolf.

Origami has also appeared on Spongebob Squarepants in 2 or 3 instances.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I'm pretty sure the episode is easily found on YouTube for anyone who can't play the embed video here.