Friday, October 22, 2010

Cool Sh*t!!- Full Length Alma Movie

Does anybody else think of Coraline when you look at the picture above? The photo is actually for the short animated film Alma, and Coraline comparisons may not be all that inappropriate. The short film is by Spanish, Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas and features a young girl named Alma that gets enticed into what seems to be a jolly-ole' place for children only to realize later on in the short it's actually a deadly trap for young-ins. There's plenty of freaky ass dolls and dark fantasy themes all throughout the short- does Coraline come to mind now? If you haven't read my older post on Coraline, you can check it out here. Alma is quite an incredible feat; the animation splendid, sound mixing is wonderful and the end will leave you with shivers all down your arm. Check it out here!

The short has been turning quite a few heads with critics and now it's set to get a full length, big screen adaption! Woot! But wait! What's this? Blaas isn't doing it for Pixar, he's doing it for........DREAMWORKS!? Ohhhhh backstabber! Interesting move on Dreamworks' part though. Dreamworks' actions lately has been turning some of my attention to the animation studio. I've been hating on Dreamworks for awhile, so when Chris Sanders went there after John Lasseter killed his American Dog project, I was unhappy and disappointed to say the least. Well, my woes went away when I saw the first trailer to Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon. I could right off the bat that it was going to be something special and different from the usual work Dreamwork puts out there. After the success of How To Train Your Dragon, perhaps Dreamworks realized that quality work is the better direction to head in instead of relying on celebrity voice acting and pop culture jokes.

Back when the hype of How To Train Your Dragon was making its way around, Guillermo del Toro sadly announced that his Double Dare You project with Disney died. Boo!!! Double Dare You was a suppose to be a new segment in Disney's animation line which focused on scarier animated films for kids; first film was to be titled Troll Hunters. Not sure what happened but turns out del Toro was picked up by Dreamworks afterwards to become their creative director/consultant for their many films in production. Sounds like he's there to whip the animation studio into shape- kind of like when Disney brought on John Lasseter to be their hopeful savior. Well now Dreamworks is allowing del Toro to make his Trollhunters film (yippe! and maybe they'll let Sanders make American Dog? *fingers crossed*) as well as a full length feature film of Alma. Del Toro will sit on as the producer with Blaas in the director chair. Del Toro is currently working on the screen play for Trollhunters and Blaas is in talks to co-direct it with him. Here is what del Toro has to say about the project:

“I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary. It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it’s thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff.”

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