Animation and VFX Summer Movie Preview 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – August 7th
The second novel in Rick Riordan’s mythology-inspired Percy Jackson series comes alive through the efforts of director Thor Freudenthal and Weta Digital, Rhythm & Hues, MPC, Framestore, Stereo D, Factory VFX, Scanline VFX, Prana Studios, The Embassy and Hydraulx VFX. Once again, Logan Lerman plays the titular teenaged demigod, this time on a quest to locate the legendary Golden Fleece. Expect to see some new faces, as Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion step into the roles of Dionysus and Hermes (taking over from Luke Camilleri and Dylan Neal, respectively) as well as some startlingly huge sea creatures.
Elysium – August 9th
Neill Blomkamp served as writer, director and co-producer of this tense sci-fi tale set in 2154, when humanity’s elite live on an orbiting utopia and the lower classes rot away on Earth. Matt Damon’s ex-con Max De Costa tries to ascend to Elysium with the help of an exoskeleton and a band of rebels when he finds himself in need of some quality medical care. Unfortunately, that means squaring off against Jodie Foster’s platinum blonde Secretary Delacourt, who doesn’t take kindly to gatecrashers. We’ve already seen numerous versions of post-apocalyptic Earths in recent months, so hopefully Image Engine, The Embassy, MPC, Method Studios, Kerner Optical, Animatrik Film Design, Raynault VFX and Weta Workshop can put a new spin on this one. Of course, any planet with Diego Luna and a bunch of snarky robots sounds pretty fun.
Planes - August 9th
Animation fans have had this flick on their radar for months. A spin-off of the questionably popular Cars franchise, Planes aims to stick eyeballs on airships and give them personalities. Problem? Cars and Cars 2 were produced by Pixar, and this one comes to us courtesy of DisneyToon Studios, which infamously started the trend of Disney Direct-To-Video offerings (The Return of Jafar and Jungle Book 2, anyone?) Moreover, the Mouse House has already revealed this will be the first film in a trilogy, with a follow-up due in the spring. Who knew there was such a demand for anthropomorphic vehicles on the big screen?
Kick-Ass 2 – August 16th
Director Jeff Wadlow takes over for Matthew Vaughn in this sequel to the 2010 comic book caper about self-made heroes. This time, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are getting some help from new heroes like Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) when facing off against the evil Mother-F**ker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and his newly-formed army of villains. Curiously, in spite of the armies facing off on-screen, the visual effects in this flick are being handled entirely by Nvizible, a team based out of London who previously worked on John Carter and Skyfall.