The feathers have certainly flown over here in the
uk: Chicken Run has
just coughed up a £4million opening weekend
(July 1st) - That makes it
the 14th biggest opening here ever, bettering even
last year's hits
The Matrix and Notting Hill!
Even in America, where it was always going to
be an awkward film to
position, old CR is holding its own against Perfect
Storm, The Patriot
et al, having taken some $41million in two weekends
- including an
opening weekend that topped that of Dreamworks
The official UK site is now well into gear, with
weekly prizes (yes, I've
entered - What do you take me for?!). There's
also a fab new addition to
the aardman homepages, featuring the making of
the film in a series of
neat scrolling pages.
Oh yes, whilst we're talking about aardman, you'd
better check out
old Angry Kid whilst you can:
According to AtomFilms' latest mail-out they can
only keep a certain
number of AK shorts online at a time, so when
they're gone, they're
Does anyone know what Aardman plans to do with
these. Are they
going to edit them into a video, with title links
or something, or do
they plan to make a longer piece?
AK is not half bad. He's recently been scaring
himself silly in 'Terror'.
Go see for yourself at: http://www.angrykid.com
That's right, it seems the poor performance of Don
Bluth's space toon
has sent Fox scurrying into an early Animation
Exit. I'll be there when
it opens in the uk later this summer, but I'm
not holding my breathe...
Judging by the trailer, the mix of CGI with flat
cell works just doesn't
seem to gel. There's also a bland, familiarity of scenes
- like the notion
of the guy with a 'map' on his hand (eh, Waterworld anyone?)
Bluth is a brilliant, beautiful technician, but
his storytelling has nearly
always let the show down. I reckon Fox probably haven't
suits having no doubt all had a finger in the
pie here. Whatever, why
ever, the fact is Fox have pulled the plug on their
animated feature division.
Which ever way you look at it, that's a shame. Dreamworks
hit the ground
running and never looked back. Warners took their
time, but they've now
hit a home run (though a poorly-promoted one) with
Iron Giant. Who
knows what Fox may have achieved with their next production?
- Oh well...
Check out those official Titan AE sites:
The marvellous, mechanical Oliver Postgate appeared
on the BBC's
Breakfast News, way back on June 9th to promote his
'Seeing Things' (buy it now!). The 5 minute interview
brought out some
On the Clangers bad language:
'That one - if you listen carefully - she's saying
'oh sod it! The bloody
thing is stuck again!'...'
On the Clangers versatility:
'When we were in Germany, I took a copy of The
Clangers without me
rabbiting over the top, played it to them and
said 'could you understand
the Clangers?' and they said 'but they are speaking
perfect German!' And
Ingrid said 'No - They are speaking only Swedish!'
So they can go anywhere
in the world!...'
On children's tv today:
'I'm very frightened by childrens tv nowadays....
I don't understand
what's happening. I think the method is being
worshipped instead of
the content, so that it's all done very slickly
and marvellously, but
there's not very much there. Whereas our animation
was done terribly
badly - I produced some of the worst animation
ever seen - but the
stories were good...'
But it was state of the art at its time?
'No!.. No! ...It was the state of the money. I
had to get 120 seconds
of film out of it a day, whereas Wallace &
Gromit get 10 seconds out
a day and they have 100 people on the payroll
and I had only me
and Peter (Firmin)...'
And has he any new ideas?
'No! .. No!... I said to my Muse 20 years
ago nearly, I s'pose, I said
'what's our next world?' and she said 'I've made
you 12 worlds, down to
the last nut and bolt and flipper and that
is your lot, mate!'
Mr Postgate, we love you. Can't wait to
read that autobiography...
There's more of Oliver, The Clangers,
Bagpuss, Noggin and Ivor at:
Got a new Brit cartoon to promote? - Let me know and
I'll plug it for you. It could be a finished project,
an early concept
a comic strip creation, tv, or movie even - whatever
- We all know
how frustrating it can be trying to get that break
or close that deal.
Toonhound's here to help if it can...
Just drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
The search goes on (still!)...
Can someone unearth a 'Cockleshell
But hold your horses, there's a 'Cloppa
Castle' link on the way!
- Till next time!