Sunday, October 30, 2016
Cuss Yeah!: Wes Anderson's New Animated Film in Production
What's this? Wes Anderson's new stop-motion film is closer than we thought?
During an interview with Alexander Olch in GQ, Mr. Anderson let it slip that his new animated film is currently in production...
Wes Anderson, renowned auteur, entered the feature animation world with a bang with his stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Definitely quirkier than most mainstream animated fare, it was beautifully done in stop-motion, had a razor-sharp script, and it just knew where it was at. There was a confidence oozing from that picture like no other, and it excelled at pretty much everything else. It's a personal favorite of mine, from the writing to the staging to the tone to the subtle but potent emotional side.
His next animated film, also a stop-motion project, involves dogs, and its cast is pretty impressive so far: Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray (obviously), Edward Norton, and Bob Balaban.
Anyways, yes... In production! That means it could show up either next year or in 2018. It's interesting that Anderson is keeping it rather secretive, which I think could indicate that it is not based on a book. Whatever it does with talking dogs, I'm intrigued. I have a feeling it'll be a bittersweet comedy like its foxy predecessor, and one of all-time great animated talking dog films. If we get it next year, it'll be one heck of a coincidence: This, Rock Dog, and Blazing Samurai, all animated, all about talking dogs.
What say you?