Unfortunately we couldn’t be there, but Disney sends us their best, or presented them anyway. The first ever 3D panel at Comic-Con featured emcee Patton Oswald (voice of Remy), directors Tim Burton, Robert Zemeckis and Joe Kosinski (pictured, left) as well as a host of surprise guests, footage and more.
In addition to the current projects, Burton offered that he’ll be working on his take of the supernatural cult-classic soap opera, Dark Shadows. Robert Zemeckis, having expressed interest in a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in the past, was unable to either confirm or deny if it’ll be on his plate any time soon.
Much to the delight of New Moon-stalking tweens everywhere, Johnny Depp the actor made an appearance at the panel too. At least they tell me it’s Johnny Depp. Something tells me there’s a Madame Tussauds somewhere missing something, based on this photo. Johnny would also like you to know that while Tim directs, Depp will be taking on the lead role of Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows.
While still vaguely on the topic of Alice in Wonderland, Disney fans at Comic-Con have been instructed to follow @importantdate on Twitter. I don’t know if that account will do anything beyond the convention, but it might be worth a follow.
Shifting a little focus to Tron, the big news is its name: Tron Legacy (subject to change at any time of course). It appears Kevin Flynn has been living inside the mainframe for the past 25 years (evidently no one’s considered an upgrade in that time) and it’s up to now-adult son Sam to go in and locate his father.
We showed you the title treatment earlier, so here’s a sample of something else the fans at Comic-Con got to see. A little bit of concept art along with the cast of the new ‘stand-alone sequel.’ I know a lot has been made of this fascinating anti-aging technology they’re using to show a very young Kevin Flynn, but if you ask me, he doesn’t look like he’s aged all that much in 27 years.
As part of a viral campaign (evidently the mainframe doesn’t have any anti-virus software installed either), Disney has been sending out Flynn’s Arcade tokens and messages inviting folks to check out this website which currently very blatantly tells folks to meet up somewhere in San Diego in a couple of hours. So we’ll see what comes of that (well, I won’t).
Also in Tron Legacy related news, it’s being reported that Daft Punk will be touring in support of the new movie as they will exclusively be composing the music as we mentioned several months ago.
Fresh from Walt Disney Studios, a couple more images from the upcoming films.
At Comic-Con, Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter Lead Animation Panel While Walt Disney Studios Holds First Ever 3D Panel
BURBANK, Calif. — Animation greats Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter and directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton will take part in their first ever Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center July 23-24. The filmmakers will be on hand to help Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures showcase a wide-ranging roster of upcoming films, including 3D juggernauts ALICE IN WONDERLAND, TRON and DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and animated gems THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PONYO and the TOY STORY trilogy.
Zemeckis, Burton, Miyazaki and Lasseter will take part in industry panels.
* COMIC-CON’S FIRST EVER 3D PANEL — Veteran directors Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton join TRON producers Sean Bailey and Steve Lisberger on Thurs., July 23 at 11 a.m. for an unprecedented presentation featuring behind-the-scenes filmmaker insights about the highly anticipated 3D adventures DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and TRON. In addition to Q&A opportunities with each of the filmmakers, the 90-minute panel will feature never-before-seen concept art, trailers, actual 3D film footage and other Comic-Con-only footage debuts. In a groundbreaking technical feat, this is the first time ever that 3D footage will be shown at Comic-Con. Patton Oswalt will moderate.
* ANIMATION PANEL — Animation legends Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter join veteran animation directors Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker on Fri., July 24 at 12:45 p.m. for an animation panel which will highlight upcoming animated films, including Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY/TOY STORY 2 double feature, Disney•Pixar’s TOY STORY 3, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ half-hour holiday TV special PREP & LANDING, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and Miyazaki’s PONYO. John Lasseter will host the panel and Patton Oswalt will moderate a group Q&A following the presentation, which will include filmmaker insights, trailers and select film sequences. Read more…
Disney held screenings of a scene from A Christmas Carol in 3D today at select cities nationwide and I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in on one at the 8-story-tall IMAX theater in New York. Best I can tell, this is the same footage that was shown to audiences at Cannes earlier this year.
The scene was that in which Ebenezer Scrooge’s belated business partner, Jacob Marley, pays Scrooge a visit to warn him of the fateful night’s events, in which three ghosts will attempt to right the wrongs of Scrooge’s ways. Instead of the ‘I’d rather not’ response that’s shown in the trailer and also in the film clip we brought you a while back, Scrooge asks if he can have all three at once instead (which probably would make for an interesting take on the classic).
Now I certainly don’t purport to be a student of the classics, but I have seen virtually every television and film rendition of this moral tale, from the Muppets to Mr. Magoo to Rich Little and everywhere in-between. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen Scrooged with Bill Murray (‘Have you tried staples?’), but I am certain I’m pretty comfortable with the way the story goes. That said, the dialogue seemed to be very much on par with the feel of the original text. Although because it’s animated and done such in the way that it is, they’re able to take additional liberties visually that I haven’t seen before in regards to the Dickens classic.
The scene was followed by a quick, standard frenetic sequence of shot after shot, pretty much a teaser for the entire film. Lots of action sequences, including a couple involving a very creepy Ghost of Christmas Past and ending with a freakishly close-up of Scrooge’s face as he gave his trademark ‘Bah, humbug.’ All very good stuff.
After this clip, we were treated to the actual trailer, also in 3D. The trailer rehashed some of the items just previewed at the end of the clip but included all three Christmas ghosts (all portrayed by Jim Carrey, incidentally), including a good solid look at the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present, both of whom also spoke. Of course, if you’re familiar with the story, you know how the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come/Future goes, so I couldn’t expect much more in way of that, although the trailer does contain a snippet of Scrooge being chased by a horse drawn carriage (which I presume to be the ghost’s) at full speed with a bullwhip that takes advantage of 3D in the traditional gimmicky way (but really not being very gimmicky at all).
Because it’s Robert Zemeckis directing and the motion capture used is similar, there’s been a lot of disparaging comparisons with this film to the Polar Express (starring Tom Hanks) which really had its humans coming off as downright creepy and dead inside. (It also probably won’t help that Polar Express is named in the film’s trailer.) I can honestly say that’s not a concern here. The humans in A Christmas Carol are just shy of photo-realistic and they don’t look like zombies from a 50s B movie.
All in all, I had a very positive experience with what little of the film I’ve seen and I’m definitely starting my own advent calendar for November 6 where you can expect to find me opening weekend at the very same IMAX theater.
The 40 city whistle-stop tour of the train promoting Disney’s A Christmas Carol kicked off today at Union Station in Los Angeles and star Jim Carrey and director Robert Zemeckis were on hand to kick it off. In addition, we get a new glimpse of some of the exhibits on display inside the train.
Photos from WireImage. © Imagemovers Digital LLC. Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.
TrailerAddict brings us this segment from The Backlot Buzz in which Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey talk about working on A Christmas Carol. Includes some art from the film as well.
Please enjoy this brief clip where Ebenezer Scrooge is confronted by his former business parter, Jacob Marley, and warned of the evening’s festivities. ‘I’d rather not.’