Killer Bean Forever
Killer Bean Forever is a 2009 American computer-animated action film written, produced, and directed by Jeff Lew. Set in a world of anthropomorphic coffee beans, the film tells the story of a bean assassin named Jack "Killer" Bean, who is sent to hunt down a crime boss, while he himself is hunted by mercenaries and the police. The film was preceded by two web shorts: "Killer Bean: The Interrogation" in 1996, and "Killer Bean 2.1: The Party" in 2000. In 2020, an animated series that continues the story of the film was announced and premiered on September 6, 2020. The movie has obtained a cult following online since 2018.
Killer Bean is sent on a mission in Beantown, but when he attacks one of the warehouses owned by the mafia boss, Cappuccino, he gets the attention of Detective Cromwell, a bean who's trying to put Cappuccino, and possibly Killer Bean, behind bars.
Why It Rocks
NOTE: Do not add too much quotes from the movie as pointers cause it will cause some spoilers along the way.
- Killer Bean (also known as Jack Bean) is a badass character inspired by many martial artists from other movies including his "gun fu" techniques.
- Interesting and well-written story, along with a proper character development plot.
- Awesome action scenes given to show what Killer Bean's astonishing gun combat and martial arts abilities look like.
- Hilarious Rag-doll deaths in where the beans are killed from different and multiple things.
- Jet Bean and Vagan are interesting villains, along with Vagan's backstory himself.
- The final action scene when Killer Bean and Jet Bean fighting each other is amazing.
- Unique motion capture and passable animation for a movie created by one person and as of 2009 standards.
- Speaking of animation, the details of every single object is polished very well.
- Marvelous soundtrack composed by Jeff Lew and Justin R. Durban, given to match the songs' locations in every scene of the movie.
- Killer Bean's dual pistols designs are incredible, featuring gold and a dragon emblem, along with the golden bullets that show when they're fired.
- Amazing characters designs originally from Von C. Caberte, who was the lead character designer of Killer Bean.
- Vagan, YOU'RE FIRED!
- Terrific voice acting from Vegas E. Trip (aka Vegas J. Jenkins), Bryan Session, David Guilmette, and Matthew Tyler.
- Tremendous dialogue script in the movie with many great lines from every character.
- "He's probably doing something illegal."
- While the voice acting is great, it can sound bland along with some corny lines.
- Killer Bean's personally is a bit taken too seriously as if it was supposed to some stereotypical badass character who tries to be completely edgy the entire time, but despite that he's still an awesome character.
- The ragdoll mechanics may be funny but at times, it can be stupid and lazy.
- Even though the animation is passable, the characters barely show emotion as they seem to look angry all the time.
- Some unlikable characters like Cappuccino, who only cares about making money off of his illegal imports of products; However, he did show some faith to Vagan, who was his number #1 employee at the time.
- The settings may seem dull with rarely any details since the movie mostly focuses on a city full of warehouses and old and vacant buildings in Beantown.
- As mentioned for settings, there are no other locations to be shown other than the restaurant which was the only location not located in Beantown.
- The film took 5 years to be made.
- Jeff Lew hired a voice actor from Craigslist.
- The budgets of this movie is at least a million.
- Most of the characters such as Jet Bean were voiced by Jeff Lew.
- Jeff Lew actually did mostly but almost all the soundtrack, writings, animation, and directing it all by himself.
- It has a video game called Killer Bean Unleashed available on iOS and Android.
- Jeff Lew uploaded the full movie on his YouTube channel in 4K. You can watch it on the link provided below.
- After a decade later, Jeff Lew has announced The Killer Bean series
- The Blu-ray version of the movie was only released in Germany but can still be watched in English