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