With director Kevin Munroe’s Dylan Dog getting released April 29, stars Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington and Munroe were at WonderCon to premiere footage and also answer fan questions. If you’re not familiar with Dylan Dog, the film blends horror and humor and it’s set in the backstreets of New Orleans. From the synopsis, “the story revolves around Dylan Dog, the world’s only private investigator of the undead with a business card that features his slogan, “investigator of the paranormal: no pulse, no problem.” Along with his assistant Marcus, Dylan will go where the living dare not — facing down friend and foe alike, until justice is done.”
Before the panel, I sat down with Routh and Huntington for a very loose interview. You can watch it here. I also got to speak with Munroe. During our extended conversation, we talked about being at WonderCon, how he got attached to Dylan Dog and the long road to release, how his CGI background helped with production, what are his go-to karaoke songs, editing, and he revealed that he’s working on a secret movie project at Lucasfilm that’s all CGI and not related to Star Wars. Keep in mind, ILM animated Rango. Watch what he had to say after the jump.
Opening this weekend is the 3D CGI feature Despicable Me and it features the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Julie Andrews, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, and Jemaine Clement. The film is about a villain named Gru (Carell) who has just met his greatest challenge: three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes. Miranda Cosgrove voices the eldest sister named Margo.
Anyway, I recently got to interview Cosgrove as a reporter for our partners at Omelete. During the interview we talked about how she got involved in the film, her very popular Nickelodeon show iCarly, Twitter, School of Rock (she was one of the kids), and a lot more. Hit the jump to check it out:
Another of the many movies junketing this weekend here in Los Angeles is Universal Pictures animated 3D CGI feature Despicable Me – featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett, Danny McBride, and Jemaine Clement. The movie is produced by Chris Meledandri (Ice Age, Horton Hears a Who!, Robots), so even though Universal might be new to the animation game, Meledandri is a seasoned pro. Anyway, with the film getting ready to be released July 9, we’ve been provided with 10 clips. Hit the jump to take a look:
Last Friday, a few online reporters were invited to the Santa Monica office of Illumination Entertainment to watch about 15 minutes of Universal Pictures’ inaugural 3D CGI feature Despicable Me. In addition to watching the footage, we were able to speak with producer Chris Meledandri (Ice Age franchise, Robots, Horton Hears a Who!) about leaving 20th Century Fox and starting Illumination Entertainment, which has a multi-picture deal to deliver live-action and animated all-audience films for Universal Pictures.
After the jump you can find a brief recap of what I thought about the footage, a video blog that I did with Peter from Slashfilm about going to Illumination Entertainment and what we both thought of the footage, and a full interview with Producer Chris Meledandri. Take a look:
Has Pixar done wrong? The closest is Cars, which is not much of a movie. One gets the sense that John Lasseter let the film get away with him on that one, or that they could not crack the structure. But other than that minor misfire, these guys are battling like superheroes.
That said, often A Bug’s Life is held as a misfire. It was released in 1998 between Toy Story and Toy Story 2, and though the film did okay, featured direct competition from Dreamworks CGI company with its Antz. And yet A Bug’s life is a fine film, a touching movie that is only hampered by the developments of CGI.