I always appreciate getting the opportunity to see something truly groundbreaking in the independent superheroine genre, and Yankee Girl vs. The Colossal Cossack certainly qualifies, simply because it’s the first animated independent superheroine video I’ve ever seen. It may not be the first ever made (and if so, I hope someone will point out a video that precedes this one), but it’s the first one that I’m aware of. Yankee Girl, however, is much more than a novelty—it’s actually very entertaining and funny, and it surpassed my initial expectations on a purely “cinematic” level.
With a title like Yankee Girl vs. The Colossal Cossack, you should have a pretty accurate idea of what to expect—a campy adventure with a lot of action and humor. In the pre-credits sequence (which appears to be a hand-drawn frame with some simple animation in the background as opposed to the 3-D animation which comprises the rest of the video), we’re briefly introduced to a shadowy villain character (whom we don’t see again) called The Panda. He quickly explains that he has “captured a giantess” and intends to use her “crush America.” Sounds reasonable enough.
Next, we see the product of The Panda’s devious scheme, as the titular Colossal Cossack rages through a city street full of innocent people. The giantess looks pretty menacing, and someone—either the Cossack herself or perhaps The Panda or his minions—kindly covered her giant nether-regions with red stars. In any event, the giantess crushes several bystanders and wields her giant hammer, destroying several buildings.
Soon, the U.S. military is called in and attempts to take down the giantess by shooting her with bullets, missiles, etc. Obviously, these people have never seen any of the King Kong movies; otherwise, they would know how useless their efforts always are against giant menacing creatures. Just when all looks hopeless, Liberty Girl arrives. She doesn’t fare much better against the Colossal Cossack at first, but then finds her bearings, and engages in an epic struggle against the giantess (along the lines of the battle in Metropolis in Superman II).
This battle goes on for a while, and I don’t want to spoil the ending, so I’ll just say that I was really entertained by this video, and it made me laugh several times. I don’t think the producers are aiming for a specific fetish crowd, with the possible exception of the “giant women” concept. (I know this exists because I’ve seen several Giga-Freeks videos that features giant women wreaking havoc on miniature city streets). Aside from that, I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of the video’s fetish content; I can only say that I found myself pleasantly surprised by how well made it is. It’s not Pixar, but for a (self-described) microbudget project, I really liked it.