2010 Animation Sneak Peek
Tangled (Disney, Nov. 12)
Disney's long in the works Rapunzel finally gets released as the less princess-y Tangled, with a clever take on the fairy tale featuring swashbuckling bandit Flynn Rider (Zackary Levi) as foil and love interest for the famous princess with 70-feet of magical golden hair (Mandy Moore). Speaking of hair, Keane says it took years to follow the design and figure out the twisting and turning and organic fibers. Ed Catmull says this project will help distinguish Disney's CG chops with all the simulation work that's been done. Meanwhile, the backgrounds look very Mary Blairish. Taking over for Glen Keane behind the camera after he suffered a heart attack are <Bolt's> Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.
Sylvain Chomet's follow-up to The Triplets of Belleville is one of the year's most eagerly awaited films. Based on an unproduced script by Jacques Tati, it's the story of a tragically obsolete stage entertainer who hates being upstaged by emerging rock stars. Forced to accept obscure gigs in theaters, bars and garden parties, he meets a young fan who changes his life. The film premiered in Berlin and we obviously can't wait to see it.
My Dog Tulip
Based on the novel by J.R. Ackerley, this is the story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and the beautiful bond that develops between them. Directed by Paul and Sandra Fierlinger (Drawn from Life, It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House), the hand-drawn look is quite exquisite. They used a Wacom tablet and 2D animation software Mirage by Bauhaus. This marks the first hand-drawn feature that's entirely paperless using computer technology. It features the voice talents of Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossellini and Lynn Redgrave.
Sir Sean Connery is an exec producer and supplies the voice for this eccentric vet that encounters a goat that thinks it's a dog, an Admiral afraid of water and a beaver raised by rabbits. The first Scottish animated feature is directed by Sascha Hartmann and animated by Glasgow Animation.
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.