Fullmetal Fantasy (found "Fullmetal Alchemist" live action short film; 2005)
Fullmetal Fantasy is a short live action Fullmetal Alchemist film made by Vic Mignogna, the dub voice actor of Edward Elric. The film is notable for only being shown at conventions before legal issues caused it to be ported to concert DVDs.
At Kawaii Con 2009, Vic mentions a fan coming up to him and asking for a photoshoot with him in their red coat, a core part of his character's outfit. After doing said photoshoot, the idea of cosplay and doing something with it stayed in his mind, leading him to come up with the idea of making a short film as he had a college degree in film. Upon bringing it up to other FMA voice actors, they all wanted to be in the film in cosplay as well, which Vic allowed. Sometime early in 2005, a whole day was used to film the movie in Houston, Texas, with the resulting project being funded entirely by Vic. During Metrocon 2007, Vic mentioned that Hiromu Arakawa, the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, supposedly approved of the film.
"Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be a real anime character? Vic Mignogna, Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist, has created an original live action short film featuring many of your favorite FMA voice actors. Fullmetal Fantasy is a special presentation you won't want to miss!" -Advertisements for the short.
Vic himself described the film as coming from the question, "What if a grown man could turn into an anime character?". Not much about the film's plot is known, as so little people have actually seen it. From what snippets are available on forums and talking to people who've actually seen the film, however, a basic plot summary can be formed.Taken from the summary given on Wikibin:
"In the film, Mignogna (whose character is simply credited as "The Fan") receives a reproduction of the State Alchemists' silver pocket watch one day, and wakes up the next to discover that the world is becoming more and more like the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, with himself transforming into Edward and other members of the cast appearing all around the city, with Scar appearing at the end disguised as the postal worker who delivers the watch."One specific scene known to exist from talking to people who've seen the movie is Vic going to the doctor after his hair becomes a copy of Edward's, only to get turned away as his changes make everyone see him as a child.
|Actor||Character Played in Fullmetal Fantasy||Character Played in Fullmetal Alchemist Anime|
|Christine Austin||Envy||None, physical stand-in for Wendy Powell|
|Jonathan Brands||Scar||None, physical-stand in for Dameon Clarke|
|Aaron Dismuke||Alphonse Elric (voice)||Alphonse Elric|
|Caitlin Glass||Winry Rockbell||Winry Rockbell|
|David Henkin||Louis Alex Armstrong||None, physical stand-in for Christopher Sabat|
|Jeff Johnson||Greed||None, physical stand-in for Chris Patton|
|Mike McFarland||Doctor||Jean Havoc|
|Vic Mignogna||Fanboy||Edward Elric|
|Tiffany Salinas||Lust||None, physical stand-in for Laura Bailey|
|David Steward||Young Ed||None, physical stand-in for Vic Mignogna|
Aaron voiced over a life size replica of Alphonse loaned to the crew, unable to physically be in the film as he was only 12 at the time. Only one main actor wasn't in the film at all, Travis Willingham, who plays Roy Mustang as he was out of town at the time, however he had expressed interest in the film (supposedly yelling "So wanted to be in that!" when presented with the finished project) and rumors of another film with him in it exist, though they're very likely untrue. However, there's the possibility that this cast listing, taken from IMBD, is incomplete, as some sources mention the existence of the character Wrath in the film, notably in their FMA 2003 appearance, which is drastically different from their appearance in FMA: Brotherhood.
The movie first aired at AnimeCentral (ACEN) Friday, May 13th, 2005, and was shown again at Project A-kon in June, though the exact date is unknown. It was also shown at Kawaii Con 2009/2012, the latter on April 9th, SAC Anime Winter 2014 on Saturday, January 4th, and Anime Blues Con in Memphis, Tennessee. It's also possible it was screened at the Brownsville Otaku Anime Society in Brownsville, Texas and Toronto's Anime North in 2005. It was intended to be played at other conventions, including one named AnimeOasis, but due to legal complications from FUNimation, he could no longer play it. However, it ended up getting a very limited release at Anime Blues Con and possibly others, being released as part of a concert DVD. However, even with this, the film has never been uploaded online in full. On July 2nd, 2019, a minute and 25 second long clip was uploaded to Youtube, however since then, then channel had been deleted. The Wayback Machine archived the video's page, but not the actual video itself.
On October 25th, 2020, Lost Media Wiki user Axiefae uploaded the film in its entirety to Youtube, Mega.nz, and The Internet Archive, making it the first full upload of the film and cementing its discovery as no longer lost media.
One of the Fullmetal Fantasy images Vic uploaded to his Myspace. (1/6)
- IMBD page for Fullmetal Fantasy. Retrieved 11 Oct '20
- Wikibin article on Fullmetal Fantasy. Retrieved 11 Oct '20
- Images of the DVD uploaded to DeviantArt. Retrieved 16 Oct '20
- The film on Mega.nz. Retrieved 25 Oct '20
- The film on The Internet Archive. Retrieved 25 Oct '20
- A WayBack machine archive of a thread on the official FMA forums. Retrieved 07 Oct '20
- A forum on Kumoricon's site referencing the film and some of its airings. Retrieved 07 Oct '20
- A thread from a FMA focused group on Gaia Online. Retrieved 07 Oct '20
- Vic Mignogna's MySpace that images were retrieved from. Retrieved 07 Oct '20