Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mystery Truck: Trailer for Paramount Animation's 'Monster Trucks' Surfaces


I'm sure some of you have known about Monster Trucks for a long while...

Paramount Animation's second film, Monster Trucks has taken a long time to get to the big screen.

When first announced, it was penciled in for a May 29, 2015 debut. It has been kept in near-absolute secrecy until now, as the heads of Paramount Animation had made it clear before that they would keep all of their ideas under-wraps, big time! They did the same with their debut feature, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.

We were told for a while that it would be a live-action/CG hybrid, with the live-action scenes being filmed as far back as spring 2014! Some things leaked not too long ago, confirming that the film would be about actual "monster trucks". I recall seeing a tweet from around the time of the 2015 CinemaCon describing footage of it as "Cars in real life", adding that it was "horrifying"...

The unusual thing about the film was how many times it was delayed. Filming wrapped before summer 2014. Paramount pushed the film to Christmas Day 2015, but then along came a little movie about space. Paramount pushed it to this past March, but then some time last year, they pushed it all the way back to this coming January...

Why? Was it in the can all this time?

Well, the first trailer is finally here, and it answers a few questions... And raises other ones...


So it's about a monster that actually functions as a truck engine? Interesting... The movie itself, however, looks pretty run-of-the-mill from this teaser, and it's edited so badly that it was really incoherent.

Since this is a Paramount Animation production, I assumed that the animation in the film itself would be of the caricature animation variety, you know... Decidedly unreal animation, not the hyper life-like CG you see in many blockbusters. This is much more Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles than Sponge out of Water. It's kind of like Goosebumps, a live-action movie with lots of hyper-real CG, but billed as a Sony Pictures Animation film.

I am almost willing to believe that Monster Trucks started out as a full-on computer animation/live-action hybrid, a la Sponge out of Water's final third... Then Paramount decided to do it as a typical vfx-laden live-action movie with the creatures being lifelike, to put it in line with Transformers, G.I. Joe, and all those other flicks. What else explains the constant delays? I think somewhere along the way, it went from a Smurfs-style hybrid to this. Maybe it was just them failing to find a good release date over the years? But c'mon, it's opening nearly two years after it was supposed to come out, and nearly three years after they filmed all of the live-action stuff...

Paramount's venture into animation has been a prolonged one. Sponge out of Water was a good-sized hit, but their plans to release The Little Prince in the US were canceled just a week before the film's intended release date (and they sat on that for a while, too! The US dub of The Little Prince was in the can in mid-2015), and this film got delayed and delayed and delayed. After Monster Trucks, the studio intends to release an acquired production - Sherlock Gnomes, the 7-years-late sequel to surprise sleeper Gnomeo & Juliet. Another SpongeBob film and a film called Amusement Park are set for 2019...

Anyways, this picture cost $125 million to make. I have a feeling it could falter, but who knows. Me? I'm just not feeling this one. The creature is cool and some of the action looks well-done, everything else? Not hooking me.

What say you?

2 comments:

  1. I honestly have no response for this...It looks REALLY odd...

    And speaking of oddities, I'm going to say that the animation on Amusement Park will be done by SONY Imageworks, since they're also doing Storks for Warner Bros. See how that's odd?

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  2. I don't really know what to say to this. It's...interesting, I'll give it that. (BTW, apparently this is why it's been delayed for so long: http://radikal.ru/lfp/s017.radikal.ru/i413/1606/5c/c895ea334711.jpg/htm)

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