With the hyper violent mess that was E3 this year, it was easy for me to miss the trailer for Disney’s upcoming game-themed animated film Wreck-It-Ralph, which looks funny, adorable and loaded with classic game references.
In the “Bad Guys Anonymous” meeting at 0:49 you see Ralph sitting amidst Bowser, Dr. Robotnik and handful of other classic game baddies, alluding to a potential Who Framed Roger Rabbit vibe. Looks like a lot of fun!
The Jullien Brothers have put together this fantastically fun music video for Niwouinwouin’s track “Troll slayer”, mixing animation, graphic design and music with terrific results. Niwouinwouin says the track is an “upbeat tribute to 1990’s heroic fantasy and role playing coolness….” Would love to see a game that played like this video!
In honor of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday, Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner posted this sketch he did in 2009 while attending Miyazaki’s panel at Comic-Con.
Notice first that Mechner’s sketches are wonderful. Notice second the lovely little story written bottom right:
This girl stood in line through the whole panel and when her turn came to asia question, asked with trembling hands why Miyazaki chose female protagonists for his movies? He answer through his interpreter: “Because women are strong and beautiful.” She went away in a daze with an expression of ecstasy on her face.
Blown away at the character detail in this re-imagined oil-soaked Super Mario Bros. select screen animated by Jonathan Fletcher. Though the Mario Bros. are a little more gritty than usual, I really dig the vision.
I really appreciate how Tim and Eric took the no-frills approach to this Saints Row: The Third commercial, produced in their signature Awesome Show Great Job style.
Though I don’t know exactly where, when or who they’re showing these to, I think the end of this clip transitions into David OReilly’s “Story of Genki”, a wicked animated short about a cat scientist freak of nature:
In other words, I’m liking the new marketing approach for the new Saints Row game, whatever it is!
Remember Rymdreglage, the folks who created that incredible 8-bit stop-motion animation with legos? Well they’ve done it again with a new short titled “Insert Coin”, which features an incredibly ambitious gaming inspired stop-motion animation using silver coins on a dark carpet. The effects are mesmerizing, to the point where it looks unreal, but the crew demonstrates how they pulled the video off using a projector as a template in a small behind-the-scenes bit after the main feature.