Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I love Wes Anderson. Some people don't get him, his style, his humor or his movies.
He's probably my favorite director, and definitely my favorite Art Director. He was roomates with Owen Wilson at the University of Texas where they collaborated on short films, most notably Bottle Rocket, which was later made into a feature length film. His other films include Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited.
In Life Aquatic we saw Anderson's fasination with Stop Motion Animation in a lot of the wild life portrayed in the film. Well, his most recent film Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, is a feature length animated movie. I was curious how Anderson would keep his signature stlye (balanced cinematography, panning one-take shots and a keen eye for set and character organization) in the animated universe.
Check out the Trailer and you'll see it wasn't that hard.
I've been excited for this film since I read about it, and I'm more excited now.
It looks like the entire this was done stop-motion. Think Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, not Pixar. No CGI, or not much. He just made sets, made characters and started shooting and moving, one frame at a time. Here's a little featurette that explains the technique Wes Anderson and his team used.
The movie comes out this November and stars a lot of the standards, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, but this time adds some newbies including George Clooney as Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep as Mrs. Fox.
Check it out.