PRINCE CASPIAN, WANTED and X-FILES hit DVD and Blu-ray, plus the special edition of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) comes out on DVD/Blu-ray and the first 3-D animated film made especially for 3-D, FLY ME TO THE MOON, comes out on DVD.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN On DVD And Blu-ray
Return to the magical world of Narnia in the second installment of C.S. Lewis' timeless epic, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, coming to market on December 2, 2008 from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. (vfx by Moving Picture Company, Framestore CFC, Baseblack, Escape Studios, Giant Studios, Rising Sun Pictures, ScanlineVFX and Weta Digital). Packed with featurettes, interviews and deleted scenes, the title is available on DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a special two-disc Collector's Edition.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN packaging also includes a special DisneyFile, a digital copy of the movie that can be viewed on a variety of portable devices anytime, anywhere.
From the creators of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, PRINCE CASPIAN features even more groundbreaking special effects and breathtaking action than its predecessor. William Moseley, Georgie Henley, Anna Popplewell and Skandar Keynes return as Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, the Pevensie siblings, along with Liam Neeson as Aslan the Lion and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. They are joined by Ben Barnes (STARDUST) as Caspian, heir to the Narnian throne, with Sergio Castellitto (ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES), Eddie Izzard (THE RICHES), Warwick Davis (the HARRY POTTER films) and Peter Dinklage (THE STATION AGENT) appearing as new residents of Narnia.
Lewis' seven-book CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series is regarded as one of literature's most enduring classics, selling over 100 million copies in more than 35 languages, making it the second biggest book series the world over.
In THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, the Pevensie children face a perilous mission and a greater test of their faith and courage. They find a world in which 1,300 years have passed. The White Witch is gone, the realm is ruled by a cruel tyrant and Aslan has been missing for over a thousand years. The four children embark on a remarkable journey to restore magic and glory to the land. Accompanied by Trumpkin, a valiant dwarf, Reepicheep the talking mouse and a suspicious Black Dwarf named Nikabrik, they raise an army of Narnians to rise up against the evil king Miraz.
Most of the first film's creative team returned on PRINCE CASPIAN
, too, including Dean Wright as overall vfx supervisor. This time though, he shared his supervisory position with NARNIA newcomer Wendy Rogers, a former colleague of director Andrew Adamson at PDI. "The scope of this movie is so much grander," Wright observed. "It really is an epic leap, effects wise. We had a lot more CG characters and much more physical interaction with human characters. We also had a large amount of environment work, which was minimal in the first movie. It was so much work that I was glad Wendy joined us to co-supervise the effects."
With a vfx shot count of 1,600, PRINCE CASPIAN has only 100 shots more than THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. Yet, the work turned out to be far more complex. "On the first movie, those 1,500 shots included 300 fix-its and miscellaneous effects," Wright notes. "So, we really had about 1,200 complex shots. On PRINCE CASPIAN, we had 1,600 very complicated shots! Ninety percent of them featured digital characters, sometimes hundreds of them..."
DVD Special Features Include:
-- Audio commentary by director and actors
Collector's Edition DVD Special Features Include:
-- Audio commentary by director and actors
-- Behind-the-scenes interview with the cast and crew
-- Tour of the film's locations and sets
-- Inside view of the technology and production behind the movie
-- Deleted scenes
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
All of the above, plus:
-- Enhanced Disney's BD-Live Network exclusives
-- Interactive Narnia game
-- Downloadable features
-- Circle-Vision Interactive: Creating the Castle Raid -- Walt Disney's Imagineers introduced the world to Circle-Vision in the 50's and 60's, which immersed Disneyland visitors in 360-degree film tours of America, and later, China and Canada. Now, through HDRI camera technology and the rapidly-evolving interactive capabilities of Blu-ray, the Disney team has taken the first step towards advancing this unique and memorable experience. Only on THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN on Blu-ray can fans take a 360-degree look behind the scenes of the castle raid sequence and get unique access to the secrets of how this latest adventure to Narnia was pulled off, called "Circle-Vision Interactive: Creating The Castle Raid." First, start off in the Circle-Vision preview lobby, and choose to get a private tour of the castle raid from Director Andrew Adamson,
Producer Mark Johnson, or a number of other key filmmakers and artists who brought the latest adventure to Narnia to life. Then, select one of the exclusive Circle-Vision experiences to be virtually transported to the set in the Czech Republic. The moment you enter these panoramic worlds, you will be able to turn in any direction, and fully-explore how this compelling sequence was painstakingly created. Discover a myriad of progression reels, developmental animatics, 13 audio commentaries, pop-up facts, slide shows, and a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes footage with cast and crew that is revealing, interesting, compelling, funny and exclusively accessed through this new-reimagining of a classic idea.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Special Edition On DVD And Blu-ray
The fate of the world hangs in the balance when a mysterious alien and his robot land on Earth in THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, debuting as a Special Edition Blu-ray and Two-Disc DVD on December 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. Directed by two-time Academy Award-winning director Robert Wise (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, WEST SIDE STORY) and starring Oscar-winner Patricia Neal (HUD) and Michael Rennie (LES MISERABLES), this 1951 classic story of hope and peace is widely acclaimed as one of the most influential and thought-provoking science-fiction films of all time and can now be seen like never before -- in high definition -- just in time for the theatrical release of its 2008 remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Special Edition Blu-ray will contain two never-before-seen, high-definition BD exclusive features: "Gort Command!," an arcade-style shooting gallery game and "Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score," where viewers can re-score the film's opening sequence. Both the BD and DVD versions of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Special Edition feature all-new and exclusive bonus materials including legendary composer and Academy Award-winner Bernard Herrmann's isolated score; film and sci-fi featurettes -- including a "Making Of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL" and "Decoding Klaatu Barada Nikto: Science Fiction As A Metaphor" -- an audio presentation of the original short story; commentaries from Robert Wise and other film and music historians; and more.
A spaceship lands in Washington D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son befriend him... and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction.
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
-- New: Exclusive First Look At The New THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
-- New & Exclusive To Blu-ray: Interactive Theremin: Create Your Own Score
-- New & Exclusive To Blu-ray: Gort Command!: Interactive Game
-- Commentary by Robert Wise and Nicholas Meyer
-- New: Commentary by Film and Music Historians John Morgan, Steven Smith, William Stromberg and Nick Redman
-- New: Isolated Score Track
-- New: The Mysterious, Melodious Theremin
-- New: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Main Title Live Performance by Peter Pringle
-- New: The Making of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
-- New: Decoding "Klaatu Barada Nikto": Science Fiction as Metaphor Featurette
-- New: A Brief History of Flying Saucers Featurette
-- New: The Astounding Harry Bates Featurette
-- New: Edmund North: The Man Who Made the Earth Stand Still Featurette
-- New To Disc: Race To Oblivion: A Documentary Short Written And Produced By Edmund North
-- New To Disc: Farewell To The Master: A Reading By Jamieson K. Price Of The Original Harry Bates Short Story; Audio Only
-- New: Interactive Pressbook
-- Fox Movietonews from 1951
-- Original Theatrical Trailer & Teaser Trailer
-- Advertising Gallery
-- Behind-The Scenes Gallery
-- Portrait Gallery
-- Production Gallery
-- Spaceship Construction Blueprints
-- Shooting Script
DVD Special Features:
-- Includes all of the above bonus features, with the exception of the two noted Blu-ray exclusives.
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE On DVD And Blu-ray
The truth is finally out there on DVD and Blu-ray! Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. presents THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE, a gripping feature film based on the global phenomenon that descends onto DVD and Blu-ray on December 2. Marking the studio's first foray into BD-Live, THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE BD release takes full advantage of the high-def format's "web-enhanced" functionality with exclusive features, games, additional content and connectivity to other BD-Live users and X-FILES fans nationwide.
"THE X-FILES Dossier" allows BD-Live connected users to create their own Special Agent avatar that can browse through Agent Dakota Whitney's case files on clairvoyance and post their own notes and theories to her files online and download other profiles directly to their BD player memory files; plus fans can become an agent-in-training by helping Agent Drummy solve several forensic challenges (with new cases posted weekly to the studio supported BD-Live web portal for the first several weeks of release). Additional BD-exclusive features include picture-in-picture commentary with series creator Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz along with THE X-FILES Complete Interactive Timeline on-screen track chronicling the entire series mythology.
Plus fans can also delve deeper than ever before with "The Ultimate X-Phile Edition" DVD and BD packed with over three hours of bonus features content including an unrated "Extended Cut" of the film with never-before-seen footage seamlessly branched back into the movie plus the all-new feature-length documentary "Trust No One" that reveals exciting secrets about THE X-FILES universe.
A standalone story picks up six years after the series ended, THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
finds Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) reunited after leaving their careers at the F.B.I. behind them. Forgotten by their former employer that ignored their unique investigations, the duo is called upon once again when several women begin to disappear and body parts turn up buried in the snow of the Virginia wilderness. With Mulder's steadfast belief in the paranormal and Scully's ever present skepticism, the investigation leads them to a shocking discovery that tests their faith and questions what is truly possible.
The film's plot had many scenes involving snowy winter storms and landscapes. Dealing with snow was particularly difficult because no two snowfalls are exactly the same. "We had to have believable snow in a bunch of shots that had to have continuity with shots that were practical snow," said vfx supervisor Mat Beck at Entity FX. "And then, overall, there had to be an evolution of the snow through certain scenes to kind of set an emotional tone. And so we had different kinds of snow and different levels of snow and different scenes in which snow had to be inserted. So we needed to generate some tools in house to give the capability to do it quickly."
The result was a program called Frosty, which was written by David Alexander. Beck says Alexander, head of 3D on the film, wrote the program in Mel, the scripting language for Maya and had it drive Maya's particle engine through Sprite. Beck says the program is basically an interactive snow generator with about 50 controllable variables dealing with wind turbulence, where it falls and how it interacts with other objects. It also controls various types of blurring, including motion blur, lens blur and atmospheric blur, all of which have to be dealt with in the right order in order to look real, Beck says.
Once Frosty was up and running and integrated into the pipeline, Entity was able to generate the custom snow elements that most vfx shots in the movie needed. As the schedule got tighter, Beck says Entity shared Frosty and some of the elements with such companies as Illustrated Arts, Hybrid and Frantic Films to get the movie done.
Directed by series creator Chris Carter from a story he penned with exec producer Frank Spotnitz, THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE features an ensemble cast that includes Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, Xzibit and the return of series veteran Mitch Pileggi as F.B.I. Assistant Director Walter Skinner.
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE will be available on single-disc DVD, Three-Disc Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy and the BD-Live enabled Blu-ray with Digital Copy.
Single-Disc DVD Special Features Include:
-- Includes both the Theatrical Version and Unrated Extended Cut of the film
-- Audio commentary by Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz
-- Body Parts: Special Make-up Effects featurette
-- Chris Carter: Statements on Green Production featurette
-- Deleted Scenes
-- Gag Reel
-- Music Slideshow -- "Dying 2 Live" by Xzibit
-- Theatrical Trailers
-- Still Galleries: Collectibles, Storyboards, Concept Art, Unit Photography
Three-Disc "The Ultimate X-Phile Edition" DVD:
Includes all of the above single-disc content plus the following additional bonus features:
-- "Trust No One: Can The X-Files Remain A Secret?" feature-length documentary
* Part 1 -- "You Can Go Home Again"
* Part 2 -- "Misinformation"
* Part 3 -- "Don't Give Up"
-- Digital Copy of the film for portable media players
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
Includes all of the above standard-def DVD special features, plus the following Blu-ray-exclusive elements:
--BD-Live web-enabled content: THE X-FILES Dossier: Agent Dakota Whitney Files -- create your own Special Agent avatar profile to browse through five X-FILES case files on clairvoyance; users can also participate in several online forensic challenges with Agent Drummy
-- BonusView mode: THE X-FILES Complete Interactive Timeline -- featuring 80 video clip segments from THE X-FILES archives and Picture-in-picture commentary with Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz (on Extended Cut version only)
-- In-Movie Features via BD remote direct access:
* Real-time Index (Red Button)
* BonusView Commentary (Green Button)
* Behind The Camera (Blue Button)
* Storyboards and Concept Art (Yellow Button)
-- Isolated Score track
-- Enhanced for D-Box Motion Code systems
-- Digital Copy of the film for portable media players
WANTED On DVD And Blu-ray
James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman star in the sexy, visually stunning, action thrill-ride WANTED, coming to DVD and Blu-ray on December 2 from Universal Studios Home Ent.
Visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov, creator of DAY WATCH and NIGHT WATCH, two of the most successful films in the history of Russian cinema, brings his incomparable imagination and innovative cinematic style to bear on the explosive story of an ordinary man transformed by destiny into a powerful assassin. Based on Mark Millar's explosive graphic novel series, WANTED blazes new cinematic trails with double-barreled surprises around every corner. Director Bekmambetov leads his cast, which also includes Thomas Kretschmann, Terence Stamp and Common, through a twisted maze of intrigue packed with two-fisted action.
The movie required more than 800 visual effects shots, a massive effort initially supervised and produced by Jon Farhat. However, during post-production, Farhat fell very ill and had to be replaced by Visual Effects Supervisor Stefen Fangmeier. "I had directed ERAGON, and, at that time, I was exploring new directing opportunities," Fangmeier says. "I didn't want to get into a vfx assignment that would tie me up for too long. This project was perfect in the sense that they only needed somebody for four months to come in and finish up."
Stepping in a colleague's shoes is never easy, but on WANTED
, Fangmeier ended up facing many other challenges. "When I came in, most of the shots had already been assigned to a variety of vendors. The majority of the visual effects were being created by Bazelevs Studios, Timur's own company in Moscow. They did almost 500 shots encompassing a very large range of effects. We also had Hammerhead, Hydraulx, PacTitle, Hatch FX and CIS Hollywood and Framestore in London. So, I had to delve into shots that someone else had conceived, with visual effects already well underway and with key creative people based in Moscow. Since Bazelevs were in charge of two thirds of the shots, I primarily focused on the work that was being done there."
Only on Blu-ray, fans can get an exclusive look at the film's never-before-seen alternate opening, go deeper into the making of the film's mind-blowing effects in crystal clear high definition, and via the power of BD-Live, host a text chat with friends while watching the movie in synchronization.
WANTED is available in several home entertainment versions, including single-disc widescreen and full frame DVD editions, Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray versions, and deluxe collector's sets. The limited edition Two-Disc versions and collector's sets include a digital copy of the film. The deluxe collector's set features collectible packaging pierced with a bullet, creating a shattering effect to the outer case. Fans will also get the gift set's photo book of assassins, collectible postcards and acrylic frame motion 3-D film cell.
Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Blu-ray and Collector's Sets Special Features Include:
-- Extended Scene
--Cast and Characters -- Go behind the scenes with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann and Common as they discuss their roles in the film and their experiences on set
-- Stunts on the L Train -- Stunt coordinators Nick Gillard and Mic Rodgers explain how cast members Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy performed the astounding elevated train stunt sequence
-- Special Effects: The Art of the Impossible -- Special effects supervisor Dominic Tuohy explains how his team pulled off the stunning special effects throughout the film and how Angelina Jolie contributed to the action
-- Groundbreaking Visual Effects: From Imagination to Execution -- A look at how the spectacular visual effects in the film were pre-visualized and executed
-- The Origins of WANTED: Bringing the Graphic Novel to Life -- Creator Mark Millar, producer Marc Platt, director Timur Bekmambetov and screenwriters Michael Brandt, Derek Haas and Chris Morgan discuss the original graphic novel and the process of adapting it for the big screen
-- Through the Eyes of Visionary Director Timur Bekmambetov -- A video portrait of director Timur Bekmambetov, featuring interviews with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Common, producer Marc Platt and the director himself
-- WANTED: Motion Comics -- Watch as the graphic novel comes to life on screen with narration and sound effects
-- The Making of WANTED: The Game
-- "The Little Things" Music Video Mash-Up (This feature only appears on the Two-Disc Special Edition and the standard definition collector's set.)
Blu-ray Special Features Include:
In addition to the aforementioned bonus features, all shown in high definition, the WANTED Blu-ray will also include the following bonus content:
-- Alternate Opening
-- Exclusive U-Control: Universal's exclusive signature feature U-Control allows viewers to delve into the making of the film with the click of the remote without ever leaving the movie
-- WANTED: Motion Comics: See how the graphic novel compares to the movie in this real-time, side-by-side BD exclusive
-- Scene Explorer: Explore the onscreen action from up to three different perspectives in this multi-angle feature
-- Assassins Profile: Get the high-tech low-down on each assassin's strengths, weapons, and position with your own in-movie surveillance system
-- Picture in Picture: Access cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes moments while you watch the film
-- BD-Live -- The new technology that allows viewers to connect to the Internet and access new exciting exclusive online and interactive features.
-- My Chat: Using your Internet-connected player, host a text chat with your friends who also own WANTED on Blu-ray while you watch the movie in synchronization
-- My WANTED Commentary: Connect and Create. UniversalHiDef.com and the BD-Live Center combine to offer you the opportunity to create your own video, audio, or text commentary that you can share with all of your Buddies in the BD-Live community
-- My Scenes Sharing: Show your friends your favorite scenes from WANTED via BD-Live
FLY ME TO THE MOON On DVD In 2-D and 3-D
Chronicling the story of one of America's greatest triumphs -- landing a man on the moon -- animated adventure FLY ME TO THE MOON soars onto DVD December 2 from Summit Ent. in both 2-D and 3-D.
Take a ride on the legendary Apollo 11 mission with this fun and educational journey to the moon and back. The first CGI animated feature film created and released in the 3-D format, FLY ME TO THE MOON features the voices of Kelly Ripa, Nicollette Sheridan, Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry and Ed Begley, Jr. with real-life Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The single disc DVD, containing both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film, comes with two pair of special 3-D glasses.
In this groundbreaking 3-D animated adventure, three young flies set off on a courageous mission to become the first insects on the moon by hitching a ride on the historic Apollo 11 space flight. Based on the actual transcripts and the original blueprints from NASA, the film's stunning visuals and meticulous attention to detail introduce a whole new generation to the awe-inspiring achievements of the space program's most momentous mission.
Director and nWave Pictures co-founder Ben Stassen
takes pains to distinguish his use of 3-D to provide an "immersive experience" from the in-your-face seltzer bottle and paddleball gags that doomed the technique in the 1950s. "We get rid of the window around the story. Instead of bringing the story to the audience, we transport them into the middle of filmic space. When you watch a 2-D film, you react rationally with your brain and emotionally with your heart; with 3-D, you add the physical component -- that's truly the power of 3-D cinema."
The film's production notes explain that the "window" constraining the 3-D effect is eliminated by arranging the virtual lenses observing the scene parallel to each other, rather than angled to provide a converging view as is more commonly the case. "When the cameras converge, both eyes see the same image at the screen-plane level," Stassen says in the notes. "Whatever is behind the plane will be in perspective and whatever is in front will be coming off the screen. When you project this, the right eye and left eye have the same image of the screen plane [making whatever is in the foreground of the shot look like a flat cut-out floating in front of the background]." By comparison, Stassen's parallel cameras create the illusion of three-dimensional objects floating over the audience.
Special Features Include:
-- 2-D and 3-D Versions Of The Film
-- Interactive Planetarium Game
-- Two Special Pair Of 3-D Glasses
THE BEST OF DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST On DVD
This collection of comedic confection contains quite simply the most obsessive, compulsive and tormented patients ever to grace the couch of Dr. Katz. Released via Comedy Central Home Ent. and Paramount Home Ent., THE BEST OF DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST arrives on December 2.
THE BEST OF DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST is a single disc and contains 18 appearances from the who's who of stand-up comedy -- Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, Margaret Cho, David Cross, David Duchovny, Susie Essman, Janeane Garofalo, Kathy Griffin, Denis Leary, Richard Lewis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Nealon, Conan O'Brien, Patton Oswalt, Brian Regan, Ray Romano and Sarah Silverman. It also includes the bonus feature "Dr. Katz Remembers: His Favorite Ben and Laura Moments" in which the good Doctor gives exclusive new insights into his favorite Ben and Laura moments.
DR. KATZ ran for six seasons on Comedy Central (1995-1999) and garnered the network Peabody and CableACE Awards as well as its first Primetime Emmy Award. The show depicts the life of the psychiatrist who is routinely manipulated by everyone -- his secretary, his 20-something son who still lives at home and his bizarre patients.
The sitcom's regular characters are played by Boston-based actors Will Lebow (Stanley, Dr. Katz's best friend), Laura Silverman (Laura, the receptionist), H. Jon Benjamin (Ben, Dr. Katz's son), and Julianne Shapiro (Julie, the bartender). The sitcom features two significant production breakthroughs: a computer animation process called "Squigglevision," which involves unique animated line drawings and the use of established stand-up comedians' routines that form the dialogue in Dr. Katz' therapy sessions.
IMMORTEL (AD VITAM) On Blu-ray
New York City, year 2095. A floating pyramid has emerged in the skies above Manhattan, inhabited by ancient Egyptian Gods. They have cast judgment down upon Horus (a falcon headed god), one of their own. With only seven days to preserve his immortality, he must find a human host body to inhabit, and search for a mate. In the city below, a beautiful young woman, Jill (Linda Hardy), with blue hair, blue tears and a power even unknown to her, wanders the city in search of her identity aided by a doctor who is fascinated by this mystery of nature. Reality in this world has a whole new meaning as bodies, voices and memories converge with Gods, mutants, mortals and extra terrestrials.
Stunning visual effects meld with the poetic surrealism of comic-book creator Enki Bilal's fantastic epic story, released theatrically in Europe and Asia in 2004. A ground-breaking step into the future of film-making from First Look Pictures (vfx by Duran Duboi), now on Blu-ray.
is, without wanting to sound pretentious, the biggest special effects movie ever made in Europe," proudly boasts visual effects supervisor Jacquemin Piel of the 84-minute feature. "There are 390 shots of full CG animation, 500 shots combining live action and CG animation, plus 280 composite shots." The sheer quantity of visual effects shots was daunting in itself, but the nature of the project made it far more complicated than a "regular" effects movie requiring the same amount of shots. It had to be a Bilal movie. It had to reproduce in moving images these fantastic worlds that the director had been creating on paper for years. "It was a real artistic challenge for us," says Piel. "On a strictly technical level, the main difficulties were combining real actors with CG characters and creating completely computer-generated sequences."