Animation and VFX Summer Movie Preview 2013
Riddick: Rule the Dark – September 6th
Vin Deisel returns to outer space in this third chapter in the chronicles of Richard B. Riddick (which began with 2000’s Pitch Black). David Twohy once again directs, with Mokko Studio, Comen VFX, Modus FX, Method Studios, Entity FX, Raynault VFX, Proof Inc. and Oblique FX creating hordes of creepy extraterrestrials for Riddick to fight off. First, though, he’s got to get past a group of bounty hunters. Bet he doesn’t even break a sweat.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – September 27th
Any movie with “shrimpanzees”, “tacodiles” and something called “Big Rock Candy Mountain” sounds like quite the visual treat. It’s probably best to eat a hearty meal before seeing this offering from Sony Pictures Animation, or risk dropping a fortune at the concession stand. Neil Patrick Harris, Anna Faris, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, James Caan, Will Forte and Benjamin Bratt are all back to lend their voices to the characters, though sadly, the dynamic duo who helmed the first film (and also gave us the late, great, Clone High), Phil Lord and Chris Miller, are no longer in the director’s chair. That honor goes to Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, who luckily seem to have crafted something deliciously entertaining.
James Gartler is a Canadian writer with a serious passion for animation in all its forms. His work has appeared in the pages of Sci Fi Magazine, and at the websites EW.com and Newsarama.com.