Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More and More Animals: See an 'Animal Crackers' Animation Test


Animal Crackers has been in the making for quite a while.

Apparently the personal pet project of longtime VFX man/animator Scott Christian Sava, this film is set to come out some time this year. It's being done up at Blue Dream in Spain, and it has yet to lock an American distributor, but it seems like the film is in the final laps of production.

It's this neat-sounding story about magical animal crackers. A person eats a certain animal-shaped snack, they turn into that animal. Below is a test, a sort of showing off of the concept, probably made some time during pre-production as the movements aren't quite sharp. In terms of the look, it overall is nice on the eyes.


Animal Crackers Concept Test by CGMeetup

It doesn't look too bad. It looks like they'll have fun with this idea, and the dialogue here is solid.

I have a feeling it won't be ready for March, the end of the first quarter. We've heard little to nothing about it for a while, even from the film's UK and Canadian distributors. This leads me to believe that it won't be out until summer at the earliest. This isn't uncommon for non-mainstreamers like this, that often get picked up long after they've been completed. Here's a fine example: ToonBox's Spark waited and waited to get distribution, it's coming out in April... The movie was completed way back, like before April of last year!

Anyways, to recap, Animal Crackers is not only a Sava film, but also a Tony Bancroft film. Yes, that Tony Bancroft, who directed Mulan and is a Disney animation veteran. It also features an all-star cast consists of the likes of John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, and even folks like Sylvester Stallone! Harvey Fierstein, who voiced Yao in Mulan, will be in this as well just to make things even cooler.

Animal Crackers has been on my radar for a while. It sounds like it's aiming to be a fun film based on a cool premise. I'm also looking forward to seeing this studio's debut feature. Scott and Blue Dream have another feature that's deep into production, Pet Robot. I've seen some footage from that one on the studio's reel on Vimeo, it also looks like it could be decent.

What say you?

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  1. Surprisingly good. I am interested.

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  2. I've been watching this film closely for years now.

    The director has been posting stills and brief clips from the movie for awhile now. (McKellen also posted an extended one on his Facebook page)

    https://www.facebook.com/AnimalCrackersMovie

    As for distribution, I've heard it's been attached to the struggling Relativity Media (the studio behind Free Birds), and it has a release of April 21, but depending on the status of the studio, it might be released later by another studio.

    Yeah this one of the more ambitious animated indie, and it certainly has the feel of those 80s family films. (There are rumors Huey Lewis is writing a song and Drew Struzan is doing a poster for the film.).

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    1. Very good to know. I had no idea Relativity was set to distribute it, but given what they're going through, I doubt that they'll release it. If it does happen, then I don't expect the film to hit theaters in the first quarter of the year.

      The 80s family movie tone also has me interested. Definitely got that vibe when they tweeted the retro 80s-like poster. Not sure if Struzan created that, though.

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    2. Struzan didn't paint the poster above, Sava himself did. (He does paintings in his spare time.)
      Struzan is set to paint another poster, as he posted a picture with the core team.https://www.facebook.com/drewstruzan/photos/a.131396440210553.24091.115298381820359/1483895194960664/?type=3&theater

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  3. I just heard on the film's Facebook page that it's now set to come out on September 1st, 2017. They apparently just announced it today.

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