Conquering Humans and Pissed-Off Elves in Hellboy II Animated Prologue

Since history is written by the conquerors, sometimes the conquered require a little backstory. With that in mind, Hellboy fans can get a sneak peak of Hellboy II: The Golden Army with an animated version of the Hellboy II prologue comic that Dark Horse gave out at this year's Wondercon, in which Dr. Bruttenholm pacifies a young Hellboy on Christmas Eve by telling him a cheery tale of interspecies war. Watch the clip for world-dominating humans, genocidal machines, and an adorably miniature version of our favorite hellspawn, under the jump.

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola from a story by Mignola and Golden Army director Guillermo Del Toro, the animated six-minute short comes in advance of the movie's July 11th release date. And if you're wondering where the young Hellboy came from, you can always see his origin story.

Hellboy II Animated Comic [Apple.com via /Film]