Animator C. Martin Croker enjoyed a long association with two of the most creative cartoon series of the late '90s and beyond: the satirical "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" (Cartoon Network 1994-2004) an...
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It seems a bit odd to take on a movie review of Courtney Solomon's Getaway, as only in the loosest terms is Getaway actually a movie. We begin without questions — other than a vague and frustrating "What the hell is going on?" — and end without answers, watching Ethan Hawke drive his car into things (and people) for the hour and a half in between. We learn very little along the way, probed to engage in the mystery of the journey. But we don't, because there's no reason to.
There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
Why is Selena Gomez along for the ride? Well, the beginnings of her involvement are defensible: Hawke is carrying out his slew of vehicular crimes in a stolen car. It's her car. And she's on a rampage to get it back. But unaware of what she's getting herself into, Gomez confronts an idling Hawke with a gun, is yanked into the automobile, and forced to sit shotgun while the rest of the driver's "assignments" are carried out. But her willingness to stick by Hawke after hearing his story is ludicrous. Their immediate bickering falls closer to catty sexual tension than it does to genuine derision and fear (you know, the sort of feelings you'd have for someone who held you up or forced you into accessorizing a buffet of life-threatening crimes).
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
And as far as consolidating the mystery, the film isn't interested in that either, as evidenced by its final moments. Instead of pressing focus on the answers to whatever questions we may have, the movie's ultimate reveal is so weak, unsubstantial, and entirely disconnected to the story entirely, that it seems almost offensive to whatever semblance of a film might exist here to go out on this note. Offensive to the idea of film and story in general, as a matter of fact. But Getaway isn't concerned with these notions. Not with story, character, logic, or humanity. It just wants to show us a bunch of car crashes and explosions. So you'd think it might have at least made those look a little better.
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Joins "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" as animator and voice-over actor
Joins "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" as set designer
Voices Zorak and Moltar on SGC2C
Plays Zorak as teen troublemaker on sitcom parody "The Brak Show"
Serves as animation director for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters"
Animator C. Martin Croker enjoyed a long association with two of the most creative cartoon series of the late '90s and beyond: the satirical "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" (Cartoon Network 1994-2004) and the surreal "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (Adult Swim, 2000- ). Initially, Croker provided set design for "Space Ghost," but later became a key member of its cast by providing the voices for two of its main characters, the villainous bandleader Zorak and the more placid director Moltar. Croker would go on to voice the iconic characters in numerous iterations of "Space Ghost" while also working as an animator and designer on "Aqua Teen." In addition to these duties, he voiced two supporting characters for the latter series, the addled Dr. Weird and his querulous assistant Steve. In 2007, Croker was the animation director for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters," the deeply polarizing feature film version of the series. Croker's delirious vocal performances, as well as his design and animation work on these two series, made him a cult favorite among fans of offbeat and alternative animation series.
Born Clay Martin Croker in Atlanta, Georgia on January 10, 1962, C. Martin Croker began his long association with the Cartoon Network and the "Space Ghost" franchise as set designer for "Space Ghost Coast to Coast." He also provided the voices of Space Ghost's two main sidekicks - the sardonic, insectoid Zorak, who was the faux talk show's music director, and Moltar, a creature made of lava that toiled as its director. Croker would divide his time between behind-the-scenes work and voice-over acting throughout the decade-long run of "Space Ghost" and its various spin-offs, serving as animation director on "Space Ghost" while voicing Zorak and Moltar for "Cartoon Planet" (Cartoon Network 1995-98) and "The Brak Show" (Cartoon Network, 2001-03). During this period, he also animated various promotional spots for TNT and bumpers for Cartoon Network, and voiced characters for the anime spoof series "Perfect Hair Forever" (Cartoon Network 2004-07). In 2000, Croker began providing the voice of Dr. Weird, the inept mad scientist featured in the cold openings for the first two seasons of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," as well as his wary assistant, Steve. Croker also worked as a cel animator and designer on numerous episodes of the offbeat series, and in 2007, served as animation director for its curious feature film debut, "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters." Croker later provided background, prop and character design for such animated series as "Ugly Americans" (Comedy Central 2010-12) while continuing to voice Zorak for a revamped "Cartoon Planet" (Cartoon Network 2012- ).
Was a "Space Ghost" fan as a kid, and even recorded an answering machine message in the voice of Zorak while in high school.
Designed the characters Frylock and Meatwad during the early stages of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
Cites Zorak as his favorite among all his voice-over roles.
Was responsible for the inclusion of Zorak and Moltar on "Space Ghost Coast to Coast" by pitching the addition of the characters during the pre-production stage.