Wow. Wow. Wow. More and more animation studios are really coming into their own recently. Keep on making serious animated movies because its great. And I just love how this is a female main character. Exciting stuff.
And apparently this is an adaptation of the novel The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
This is fantastic! How it this just a trailer for a book series?! I really hope they follow through with the animated feature. It will be epic.
Eisner Award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment is proud to announce the online premiere of the English language trailer for their upcoming release of Alex Alice’s SIEGFRIED, the first volume in an epic trilogy of graphic novels inspired by the Richard Wagner operatic cycle, “The Ring of the Nibelung”.
Based on the medieval Germanic mythology of the Nibelungenlied, SIEGFRIED tells the story of a child discovered in the woods by a dwarf-goblin who raises the boy in protective secrecy. As he grows older, however, the boy discovers that he is more than just a lost orphan — he has a destiny planned by Odin, the father of the Norse gods, to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the forbidden Rheingold. This beloved tale of high-fantasy and epic heroic discovery is known to have inspired countless well-known classics, including J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
To introduce the series to a North American audience, Archaia has released a feature-quality animated trailer created by Pendragon Imageforge and directed by series author and artist Alex Alice. Originally created as a stylistic proof-of-concept for an animated feature film, plans for the full production are set to resume now that Alex has completed the trilogy of graphic novels.
A funny thing has happened: as hand-drawn studio-produced animated features have all but disappeared from the American animation scene, European and Asian studios are enjoying a mini-renaissance of drawn feature films. The latest example is Ernest et Célestine, adapted from a French children’s book series about the unlikely friendship between a gruff bear with artistic ambitions and an intelligent mouse who doesn’t want to become a dentist. The clip above gives a taste of the film’s breezy visual style that mixes broken-line characters with watercolor-style backgrounds—animated in Flash no less.
Directors are Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, the latter two of whom directed the recent stop-motion feature A Town Called Panic. The 80-minute feature is a co-production between France (Les Armateurs, Maybe Movies, Studiocanal France), Belgium (La Parti) and Luxembourg (Mélusine Productions). Ernest et Célestine will have its world premiere this week at the Directors’ Fortnight, which takes place alongside the Cannes Film Festival.
Another extended film clip as well as a video showing the paperless production pipeline can be viewed after the jump. It’s all in French, but don’t let that stop you from taking a peek.
Avengers Clip of the Day: Marvel has released the first clip from The Avengers, showing the Black Widow kicking some major ass while tied to a chair and on the phone with Agent Coulson. Presumably, this takes place before she’s called in to join the Avengers Initiative.
nothing sucks more being an animation student when you see all these epic films about to come out and you didn’t get a chance to work on it, you know?? It looks like it’d be so much fun :(
I am loving this character design. Really. It’s all so simple and somewhat muted in color choices making everything softer and less in your face like these characters are typically made out to be. I love it. Especially the tooth fairy. It’s soooo unexpected and fresh.
Your old 2D movies were sooooo good. I remember watching The Prince of Egypt and The Road to El Dorado and loving them. When did you switch to franchise overkills and end of movie dance parties? As of late your last couple of movies have been good ie: Kung Fu Panda and How to Train a Dragon. But then I remember Over the Hedge and Bee Movie and Shark Tale and Shrek 4.
This was so refreshing and well made. Maybe I’m biased because I simply believe 2d animation is just more visually appealing. But Dreamworks could do so much better.