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Epiphany Barrel by ArsonDadko Epiphany Barrel by ArsonDadko

More Photoshop digital painting practice. Pretty happy with how that one turned out.

I’m really looking forward Disney’s new movie. The amount of good video game movies can be counted on one single finger (so, basically, Scott Pilgrim, and that’s it), so seeing one that actually looks like a love letter to all the video game character we know, love, or even forgot about, is a pretty amazing thing.

BUT, as you’d expect, I still have one problem regarding this movie. It was made by Disney.
Now, don’t get me wrong, Disney has made some pretty impressive material in the past. But let’s not also forget that Disney is a giant corporation that runs more like a business than an artistic studio. So if they feel there’s no money to be made with a particular project, how artistically ground-breaking and cinematographically innovative it may be, they won’t produce it.
Disney don’t really have an audience, they have a market. Which perplexes me, because this movie seems to be directed at a specific 20 and up game-oriented market, with all the cameos, in-jokes, etc. I guess what they’re doing is filling the movie with recognizable characters for older viewers to at least give them something interesting to look at, but that could also mean the story, action, and jokes of the movie aren’t strong enough on their own, so they have to make references to keep us entertained. Then again, seeing some wallpaper made for the movie depicting forgotten Atari characters and referencing the fact that today’s video game market is over-saturated with FPSs, I still have hopes that this film was made by people who actually understand and love the video game world. Disney wouldn’t pay those copyright fees for nothing anyway.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

As for the cast: John C. Reilly (Wreck-it Ralph) ’s voice sound so much like Seth Rogen’s that I wonder why they didn’t pick instead. Rogen has much more experience in voice-acting than Reilly (not blasting the guy, he’s actually hilarious); Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz) is her usual incredibly irritating self, though her character is absolutely adorable; and Jane Lynch (Sergeant Calhoun) does her usual female Dr. Cox shtick. Nothing much to note about the voice work, the cast looks decent and they didn’t rely on the actor’s popular appeal like some did (Cough! Lorax! Cough!)

Anyway, still pretty excited to see this one! Enjoy!

Pic is © me
Wreck-it Ralph is © Disney
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guibgomes Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! :D
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
Exllcnet work
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bundle ;)
Moguryuu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great picture! Love the smooth, uniform shading, and how he looks really accurate, without being just a copy of a screenshot or whatever. Love the adorable expression and the reference to Donkey Kong. Feels like something I'd seen drawn for the movie. Really hope the movie's really great. I already find the character super duper loveable though, so there's some hope!

Also, I kind of really get what you mean in the artist's comments, too...It just seems like a lot of good movies, games, ect. with true artistic merit get pushed aside for the same generic drivel over and over. People just aren't willing to take a risk in marketing strange or different things, and when they do, things turn out badly. I can't think of many artistic, out of the box thinking games that have sold particularly well. ...Which is unfortunate, because that's the kind of stuff I tend to be drawn towards :p
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the comments!
I guess are really affraid of change. For example, the reason Nintendo keep re-using similar elements in most of their games is because people expect them to. It's really hard to consider something as art when making money is the very definition of its existence.
But I still have hopes for the movie. It looks like a legitimate open love letter to the video game culture.
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
heh Awesome work here
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Zanks ;)
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Heck, if I get to see guys like Bowser, Zangief, and, of all things, Q*bert (!), I can handle some faults. (Not, that I've seen any in the trailer)
ArsonDadko Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That also might be a problem: using nostalgic characters as a selling point.
But I doubt Disney would stould that low. It's not like they're Nintendo or anything... just kidding ;)
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