CHRISTMAS CAROL Concept Art and a New Image from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG

     January 18, 2009




Written by Matt Goldberg


Disney’s holiday releases this year are, in terms of animation, both the future and a throwback. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but I prefer the throwback. Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol” represents THE FUTURE with 3D Motion-Capture technology so that you can make Jim Carrey look like Jim Carrey. I will give Zemeckis’ credit for trying to write a new cinematic language of 3D with “Beowulf” but I don’t think the guy has the imagination to really take advantage of the technology (I’m hoping that Spielberg and Jackson will handle that with their “Tintin” trilogy). Below we have some concept art for “A Christmas Carol” and honestly wish the movie were in that style. When was the last time you saw an animated feature film that looked like that? But no…better not take any chances, stay on the safe side, and shove Carrey all up into people’s grills.



“A Christmas Carol” opens November 6th









Now maybe it’s because I grew up watching films like “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, and “The Lion King”, but I’m very excited to see Disney return to traditional 2D animation with “The Princess and the Frog”. Once Upon a Time, Disney killed at taking fairy tales, removing all the controversial bits (which kids could then discover later if they just picked up a fucking book) and adding delightful musical numbers. Below you’ll see a gorgeous looking image for that film and it’s not concept art. It will be in “The Princess and the Frog” which opens Christmas Day.


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