Friday, June 18, 2010

Lets talk about trailers for upcoming animated films, including the "Rapunzel" trailer for, like, FOREVER!

Yes, I know it's actually called "Tangled". Whatever, go ahead and drop the other shoe and name it "Explosions, Monster Trucks, and Testosterone Galore" for all it matters. For all the sweat Disney sheds over who gets named what, every normal person is going to just call this movie "Rapunzel" anyway. I base this on the fact that I do not know a single person in real life who doesn't refer to "The Princess and the Frog" as "The Frog Prince(ss)".
I suggest you watch this fullscreen.

I guess the real question is, how badly can *you* tell that this was first conceived of back when the title "Rapunzel Untangled" would have been relevant (dammit)?
That's a wikkid adorable chameleon, though. And I love Glen Keane but I'm not sure I'm seeing much of him in this.
To be fair, and we've covered this before, there aren't that many teaser trailers by Disney that inspire confidence. Still, the "like... FOREVER" bit makes me cringe.


Our next animated film trailer is for another "Why the hell did they change the title?" case, "Legends of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga'Hoole" (let's call it "Happy Shrieks" or, better, "Owls Who Can Smith Armor. Somehow.") The full trailer can be seen here at Topless (it isn't what it sounds like) Robot, to which I am linking because Rob has, like me, never read this series and lists some hilarious, yet thought-provoking, questions about it. Once again, you may want to watch it in fullscreen.
I'm... surprised that we're getting a Guardians of Ga'Hoole movie before, say, a Warrior Cats movie (which seems to have a far larger fandom) but whatever. I do like when HeroOwl does his Neo in the rain thing and I enjoy that Jared Leto song. I do not enjoy the fact that HeroOwl's parents sound exactly the same and the fact that I am getting the same creepily-almost-human vibe I got from "Happy Feet".
Also, I believe we can all agree that this movie should end with this guy swooping in and kicking everyone's ass.
EDIT: Thank you, Albertonykus (boy I hope I spelled that right without checking) for giving a good summary of the series in the comments. The salient point is that it's basically a straight-up fantasy with owls. And on that note, I am as surprised as he is that we aren't getting a Silverwing movie (or a Warriors movie, or a Books of the Named movie, or a Firebringer movie, or a Raptor Red movie, or a Pick Your Favorite Xenofictional Series With a Sizable DeviantArt Fandom movie) before Ga'Hoole.


/Film just recently also posted stills and a teaser for "The Smurfs" and... yeah


It's not all bad news from the big studios, though it's odd that the best animated feature (so to speak) might end up being a video game. We got a teaser for "Epic Mickey" finally at E3, showing off the animation and gameplay mechanics. This looks amazing!


Away from the big studios (and you'll want to go fullscreen on both of these as well) , we have Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist" (not to be confused with the pretty-good live-action movie of the same name from a few years ago), and it doesn't really tell us anything about the film aside from the fact that it is very, very pretty:

And of course there's Studio Ghibli's very, very, very pretty looking take on The Borrowers. Sadly, it's not so much a teaser as some footage recorded off a television show where it debuted. Try to ignore the people in the lower-right:

Sketch of the Day! Old-school Pokemon!
6.1.10. Pokemon!

This is as good a time as any to say that the 3Dsi looks totally radical.


Albertonykus said...

In defense of the Owls Who Can Smith Armor Somehow, in the book they appear to be able to manipulate objects using just their talons and beaks. It's hard to verify without illustrations, but it does seem to be the case. (How the movie will portray it is a different thing entirely...)

The story is set in some sort of fantasy land that doesn't exist in real life. There are some signs that humans once existed there, but they seem long gone. And there are other animals besides owls, like crows, gulls, eagles, bobcats, wolves, bears, foxes, woodpeckers, ravens, puffins, snakes, bats, mice, squirrels, magpies, raccoons, skunks, seals, fish, insects, etc.

Regarding the relationship between the "good" and "bad" owls, that's more complicated, but it is a series of children's* fantasy novels, you'd expect there to be "good" and "bad" guys.

*Or so it's marketed as. On the other hand, some of the scenes described are actually quite violent: pulling hearts out, decapitating enemies and then spiking the heads on weapons, one character is mute because her tongue was pulled out in battle, another wears a mask because part of his face was ripped off (including his beak), etc.

That said, I wouldn't say they're the best novels I've ever read; I never even finished the series. (I made it to the third to last book, but just lost interest after that.) I like the Silverwing series (which is about bats) better.

Zach said...

Eh. "Tangled" looks alright. I'm impressed by the facial animation, the chameleon, and the horse. And yes, the 3DS looks amazing. I am insanely jealous of my NWR colleagues who played it at E3.