Monday, June 30, 2008

Quantum of awesome?!

A "teaser" trailer from the newest 007 film has just been released and its look spectacular!

Quantum Of Solace continues straight from where Casino Royale ended, and follows Bonds struggle to not make the mission concerning the death of first love interest personal. (I think we all know hos this is going to end ;). The teaser will be shown infront of Hancock (which hits theaters by the end of this week) They seem to have turned to a more rouge agent storyline this time which is not a bad thing. A bit more in the line of Jason Bourne. I do wish that they add more gadgets in this one as that was the only thing that I missed in the first one. The new trailer shows tons of action and little of Olga Kurylenko but its all good.

Check out the trailer here
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Extra. Added a wallpaper:

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Bolt" Teaser Poster and trailer plus a look back at "American Dog"

I hear that the teaser trailer for Bolt will probably be attached to Pixar’s WALL-E, which hits theaters next week. Disney has just released the first theatrical teaser poster (as opposed to the teaser poster which has been on display at Disneyland) for the movie, which makes this that much more likely. But before you see the teaser trailer, lets take a look back at the project’s troubled history.

Originally titled American Dog, Chris Sanders was attached to write and direct. But Sander’s vison of the animated movie was a little “too bold”. His early concepts featured a one-eyed cat and an oversized radioactive rabbit (see the publicly released concept art below). Disney was supposedly looking for something a bit more “mainstream”. Funny, considering that Sanders is responsible for Disney’s last popular non-Pixar character/movie, Lilo & Stitch. Sanders was replaced by Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and the film was rewritten and retitled Bolt.

And this is what Bolt looks like…

One must remember that Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, which was went through rewrites, and look how that turned out. But on the other hand, Ratatouille had Brad Bird, Bolt has Chris Williams, who was a writer on Mulan and The Emperor’s New Groove, and Byron Howard, who was a Supervising Animator on Chicken Little and Brother Bear. The characters look very generic, at least at first glance. Also, the casting of Miley Cyrus doesn’t instill confidence (click here to watch Miley explain her character and see a bit of unfinished footage from the film). I’m very interested to see the teaser trailer. With John Lasseter in charge as Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation, you have to put a little faith in the decision to take the project in a totally different direction.

The official plot synopsis follows: For super-dog Bolt (voiced by John Travolta), every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue – at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the canine star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet – a cross-country journey through the real world. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and with the help of two unlikely traveling companions – a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens (voiced by Susie Essman), and TV-obsessed hamster in a plastic ball named Rhino – Bolt discovers he doesn’t need superpowers to be a hero. Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”) brings her vocal talents to the role of Penny, Bolt’s human co-star on the television series.

The fact that they went away from such a awesome consept is heartbreaking and sad. "American dog" lookes 40 times better the "Bolt" and just from the stills you get s sense of strong characters. Its easy to figure out why the powers at be have feared the direction.

I’ll admit that because of the backstory, it’s hard for me to be accept Disney’s reworking of Sander’s original designs. But the movie doest look all that bad. Sure, the characters and situations don’t look nearly as interesting or as original as Sander’s designs, but it also doesn’t look as generic as past Disney efforts. Plus releasing the film in 3D at least guarantees a fun theatrical experience. Could it be the John Lasseter effect? Anyhoo. Here is the flat, and "character-less" trailer. PS: The trailer seems to suffer from some weird phaseing and some oddly placed voice-overs or is it just me?


Bolt will hit theaters on November 26th, 2008 in Disney Digital 3-D™.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sneak Preview: Pixar’s Presto

Pixar has released a 30 second preview of Doug Sweetland’s computer animated short film Presto, which you will see in front of WALL-E

Official Plot Synopsis: Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great, turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But, when Presto forgets to feed his rabbit one too many times, well, there’s really no telling what to expect! This latest comical short film from Pixar Animation Studios follows the escalating high jinx of the amazing Presto, his rabbit Alec, and what happens onstage when a star magician’s ego provokes some clever revenge from his neglected costar.

WALL-E hits theaters on June 27th 2008.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

GHOST IN THE SHELL Returning To The Big Screen!

Some news here from the world of Japanese animation. Perhaps inspired by the succes of the recent re-launch of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell is getting all prettied up for a return to the big screen. According to Japan’s Newtype magazine, a new version of Oshii’s classic film is being prepared under the title Ghost In The Shell 2.0. This new version will include new visual effects, 3D, a new dubbing and a rerecorded soundtrack in 6.1 which means the visionary picture will once again look visionary. Yes, this means I’ll be buying it again.

Here is a very brief trailer

Here are some comparison shots:

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