Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bits Journal #33


Since we are now exactly 365 days away from the release of Pixar's long-awaited The Good Dinosaur, the Emeryville studio felt like giving us a little something...


Beautiful, ain't it? Makes me wonder when we'll get a teaser, because I (and I assume many others) would love to see what a piece of what the completed film looks like at this point. I still think Pixar will wait it out, since they have a whole other (original non-sequel film, might I add) film to promote first. My best guess? The teaser pops up in June 2015 when Inside Out comes out...


An animated film based on Tony Millionaire's comic Sock Monkey is in the works!

I'm not overly familiar with Millionaire's work, but I do admire the Victorian-era etching style of his illustrations. For one thing, I'm excited about this being turned into an animated feature. It being in traditional animation, having Millionaire's style and such, would be grand. We need something a little different and against the norm in the feature animation field here, ya know? However, it appears that the film will be a live-action/CGI hybrid...


Still, it's the concept and writing that matter to me. From what I've seen of Tony's work and what's been said about this film, it looks to be very different.

Tony is also known for Maakies, a comic strip featuring another well-known character of his, Drinky Crow. Years ago, Adult Swim, William Street and Mirari Films made a short-lived animated series based on that comic. I'll admit I loved the pilot back in 2007 for some reason. It and the whole show was done in a strange cel-shaded animation style, and that fascinated me for some odd reason. It also had a lot of dark humor and such, so it was - for me - similar to shows Adult Swim was showing back at the time such as Metalocalypse and Superjail!, both of which I really liked at the time. Naturally, I liked The Drinky Crow Show... I haven't seen it in years, but it appears that not too many people were big on it. Not sure what I'd think of it now...

Anyways, Tony's working on it with Matt Danner, director of Drinky Crow Show. He said the film will be a family film, but tonally it will more like Harry Potter and Coraline rather than something like Toy Story. Well that's good, we need more darker animated family films anyways. LAIKA I think gave us two greats with Coraline and ParaNorman, so it'll be interesting to see what this film will do.

The plot, via Cartoon Brew...

"Uncle Gabby the sock monkey, the stuffed Mr. Crow, and the porcelain doll Inches go on a rescue mission to save their human owner, Ann-Louise, who they fear has been kidnapped by a monster. Along the way, they encounter fanciful creatures including the Trumbernick (the pixie shaman of the forest), a giant sea monster, the Guardsmen of Bear Town, and a flock of flying harpies."

Let's hope it gets made!

As for recent superhero bits, I've missed quite a few but...


Captain America: Civil War has added Daniel Bruhl (Inglorious BasterdsRush) to its cast, supposedly he's playing a villain. Theories are already all over the place (I'm thinking it's either Baron Zemo or Dr. Faustus), and it's also been said that this villain will be in Doctor Strange as well, which will open later in the year Cap comes out. (2016) So that's three threats Cap has to face this time around: Crossbones (actor Frank Grillo recently confirmed this, but let's be honest, he was obviously going to be in part tres), Tony Stark, and now this mystery baddie. Knowing Marvel Studios, they'll work wonders since some people quiver at the thought of "three villains" in a superhero movie because a certain other outlet didn't do it quite right... Twice...

Speaking of Sony... Sony... Who knows what the hell Sony is doing. The "Glass Ceiling" announcement was enough to make me yawn. It was supposed to be a movie where a few female characters in the Spider-Man stories team up. Yes, a Black Cat we barely got to know in Amazing Spider-Man 2 with over three other characters audiences are unfamiliar with, not introduced in any previous movies, joining forces. All of this following rumors of Sinister Six being a "soft reboot" of the current "Amazing" series with a new actor portraying Peter Parker...

But then rumor got out that Sony heads talked about making an Aunt May movie. If you weren't around when that happened, you could only imagine the hilarity that ensued...

At this point, I say Sony should just make The Amazing Spider-Man 3 where the webslinger fights the Sinister Six and freakin' be done with it! They have the rights from now until 2019, so if they don't start filming something until then, Spidey will find himself back where he belongs. I guess right now Sony is panicking and they don't know what to do. I mean, I'm guessing their reluctance to just make the third movie might have to do with Andrew Garfield being out of the picture. Why waste time with spin-offs that aren't really all that highly anticipated? I think something's up over there...

The news and talk of what's happening on the DC front is interesting...

The Wonder Woman solo film taking place before Batman v Superman, I think, is a great idea. One of my biggest worries about Batman v Superman for the longest time was "How are they going to introduce Wonder Woman?" It seemed like it was going to be a hasty introduction, all for the sake of setting up a Justice League film. Recent rumors indicate that Wonder Woman's solo film takes place in the roaring 20s, and it's been rumored that the first half will take place on Paradise Island with the second half taking her to our world, thanks to a man who needs her help.

They also tapped a female director to handle it, Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad episode director Michelle McLaren. Another plus, there.

I'm just hoping the next chapter in the DC Cinematic Universe is a good one, then I can get psyched for future installments. Suicide Squad also has quite the line-up: Director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) is at the helm, and it seems like the line-up will consists of the likes of The Joker (rumor says Jared Leto might portray him), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and Deathstroke (rumors point to Divergent and Terminator: Genisys' Jai Courtney) in addition to Lex Luthor. It'll be interesting to see how the next Joker turns out, since this is a really big deal. He'll of course be compared to Heath Ledger, and probably no other Joker.

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