Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Sketchbooks of summer/fall and the nadir of remakes.


Above, you'll see my last Sketchbook and my current Sketchbook. Summer '09 is a 6 x 12 '' Pentalic Nature Sketch. It was amazing for just pure drawing and for watercolors. However, it did not play well with scanners. It's weird how that factors into choosing a Sketchbook for me now. Here's a look inside:
9.5.09 - Lune gathering again
Fall 2009 is an 8.5x11'' Cachet Earthbound I found in -of all places- Wall-Mart. I'd used one of these books before and while the unbleached paper takes a bit to get used to, it's fantastic to draw on. This is 100% recycled paper; this is paper with history. I like sketching on paper with some history.
9.21.09 - House Sparrow at Kousa Dogwood

Now as for the meat of this post, I may have to scream (or type angrily rather) and swear a lot, so sensitive readers may want to wait until Thursday, when I'll post about another Weird Disney Thing. OK? OK.

You'll notice a "Yellow Submarine" bumper sticker on Fall 2009. This is my silent protest. You see, recently, Disney announced that Robert Zemeckis is all set to helm a 3-D motion capture remake of "Yellow Submarine":
"'Yellow Submarine' is one of the greatest fantasy films of all time, and making this new 3D performance capture movie is a dream come true for me. With the latest advances in technology, we will be able to take moviegoers on a voyage unlike any other, and bring new excitement and dimension to Pepperland and the various sea worlds they encounter." - Zemeckis (from here)
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Robert Zemeckis. Is going to remake "Yellow Submarine". Using Mo-Cap. In 3-D.
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One more time. Let it
a-a-a-a-a-a-l-l-l-l-l sink in:
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1) Robert "About to lose the Free Pass For Life I gave him for 'Roger Rabbit' and 'Contact'" Zemeckis.
2) Is going to remake as in "not bring something imaginative and new to the screen". "Yellow 'Essentially "Fantasia" with Beatles songs and one of the few full-length animated features that
really doesn't look like anything else out there' Submarine".
3) Using Motion Capture technology...

4) ...In Three-Effin'-D.
5) And the reason given why he is doing this is, essentially, "Because we can."

Well, folks, we've finally reached the absolute, uncontroversial nadir of the (not as) recent (as everyone thinks) "Let's Remake/Adapt
EVERYTHING!!!" trend in modern (mainstream) film-making. The word "soul-less" is coming to mind here.
Speaking of which, this exists.

Edit - Best counterpoint to this "Yellow Submarine" remake: the teaser trailer for "Beatles Rock Band". I agree, I'd love to see an entire feature done in this style:

1 comment:

Zach said...

God, why? WHY WHY WHY?

And why is Zemeckis so obsessed with mo-cap? Oh, wait, he calls it "performance capture." Sir, it is mo-cap. They used it make the cinema scenes in RE5.

He already butchered one of my favorite children's books, and one of the greatest epic poems of English literature. Now he aims his laser eyes as the Beatles? Make it stop!

Sidenote: My parents, who have traditionally detested video games, genuinely want to experience Beatles Rock Band. This is a huge step forward, for both them and the industry as a whole.