Over the past few days I’ve been posting “7 Days with Producer Dan Lin”. As I explained in the previous articles, I spoke at length with the Sherlock Holmes producer about not only his latest film, but everything he has in development. Since the conversation ran so long, I’ve decided to break up the interview into many smaller parts. I’ve already posted what he said about the Lego movie and Gangster Squad, as well as his thoughts on the Terminator Salvation ending and what’s up with future movies. For today’s article, I’ve got him talking about the Tom and Jerry movie and the animated Bone movie – which is based on the comic by Jeff Smith.
Regarding Tom and Jerry, Lin says it’s going to be live action/animation hybrid and he compared it what was done on Alvin and the Chipmunks and Scooby-Doo. He also said it would be a “different tone, obviously” with “CGI creations of the cat and the mouse.”
On Bone, Lin said Justin Monjo is writing the script and they already did a test with Animalogic (who did Happy Feet and Guardians of Ga’Hoole). He went on to say “it really looks like a mix of Shrek as far as the three Bone characters and their comedy, their Looney Tunes or Marx Brothers comedy set in a Lord of the Rings world. We’ve met with several directors and we hope to come to a director decision by January and Jeff Smith has been very intricately involved in the development process with us.”
Much more after the jump:
There are three phases of Tom and Jerry cartoons. First are the wonderful 1940′s and 50′s MGM cartoons, which were colored in beautiful blue and grey pastel tones. Here, the classic chase of “cat and mouse” occurred in just about every way conceivable. It is no doubt that the creative minds at MGM’s animation division may have been inspired by being located on MGM’s lot #2, and perhaps channeled some of Andy Hardy’s hoodoo, due to the fact that the street used for filming was located directly behind the animatinion studio. In these shorts, when Tom gets injured while chasing Jerry or gets cornered by Spike the bulldog, he let out a satisfyingly comical yelping yowl different than Walt Disney’s “Goofy” yell: “Waa-hoo-hoo-hooey!” in sound, but equally iconic with hilarity. These cartoons were created during the Fred Quimby years; he produced Tom and Jerry along with all other MGM cartoons until the animation division was closed in 1957. The famous animation team William Hanna and Joe Barbera were in charge of animating Tom and Jerry for almost their entire run at MGM before forming their own successful animation company know as what else, “Hanna-Barbera.” Continued after the jump: