Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wow. That looks like it sucks.

Jaime Weinman at Maclean's shows a preview of Tangled, which I think was once going to just be called "Rapunzel." And...
The thing about the trailer for Disney’s Tangled is that if you didn’t know that the film was completely focus-grouped within an inch of its life, you’d still guess from the trailer alone. The original idea, years ago, was to do a classic Disney fairy-tale story (Rapunzel was one of the few great fairy tales they’d never done) in 3-D animation. The movie went through director replacements, at least three titles, and revisions to make it more “boy friendly” — i.e. more like Shrek. And now what’s left is this.

I have a feeling the animation is a last-minute rushed replacement for something else they were planning, too. The facial expressions and movements are in the pit of the uncanny valley, especially for the "charming" "rogue". It's not traditionally cartoony, and it has a 3-D effect, but if you saw this guy walking in real 3D space, you'd probably turn your eyes in.


susan said...

I could see what you meant about the creepiness of the movie trailer. The article about 'uncanny valley' really is a fascinating one and true too. It's odd I've never run across anything like it before so I'm very glad you drew my attention to the idea. I've long had a tendency to stay away from the place and now I know why.

Ben said...

Yeah, it's not a place you want to spend a lot of time.