Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sony's Gorgon

Sony Pictures Animation has announced a new original project that's been picked up… A film directed by none other than Lauren Faust!

Faust needs no introduction, but for those who don't know who she is, she is the wife of Craig McCracken. McCracken is the creator of The Powerpuff GirlsFoster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and Wander Over Yonder. (Give it a watch if you haven't, it's really fun and creative.) She has worked on all three shows plus she's also the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Quite the resume! Now she's getting a shot at directing her first feature-length animated film. What is it called?

It'll be a comedic new take on the Gorgon, one that was pitched to the studio by writers Todd Alcott (writer of Antz) and Holly Golden.

Faust described the story…

"In our story, we meet Medusa as a young human, who, like so many of us, is overwhelmed with trying to fit a certain mold to please others. Her resulting popularity ticks off the wrong Goddess who turns her into the snake-haired monster we all know and fear. Medusa sets out on a quest to reverse this curse with the help of a goofy team of oddball and misfit mythological creatures who help her learn that what makes you different is, in fact, what makes you strong."

While it's got some elements we've seen before, it does sound like it could have potential. I like the look of the logo already, and I'm hoping this film has a look that's close to hand-drawn. We've been seeing that more and more with films like The Book of Life and Peanuts, to say nothing of Disney's new painterly look that keeps getting better and short films like Paperman and the upcoming Feast (which will be attached to Big Hero 6). I don't doubt it will be fine, because Faust herself is directing and I'm sure we'll have other great talent writing.

If anything, Sony Pictures Animation is becoming something of a feature animation studio version of 90s/early 2000s Cartoon Network. I mean, they already have Genndy Tartakovsky, now they have Lauren Faust. Who will they get next? Danny Antonucci? Tom Warburton? John Dilworth, perhaps? It's also possible that they'll get creators of current Cartoon Network shows into the mix as well.

That all being said, I think Sony Animation is beginning to show its full potential. Surf's Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs were only the beginning, now they're focusing more on original projects like Genndy's Can You Imagine? while also retooling the next Smurfs movie so that it resembles Peyo's comic strip rather than the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies, their move towards a very cartoony style of CGI, on top of more originals like this film and Kelly Asbury's Kazorn & the Unicorn. I'm excited for what they have to offer!

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I would have wanted a film that doesn't make Medusa turns back to human and stuff. She's an iconic Greek character. But whatevs, u need to change the story a bit for more creative freedom