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Ferrell in for RDJ?

08.17.2009by:
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There aren't many movies where Will Ferrell could step in to replace Robert Downey, Jr. or Brad Pitt to replace Ben Stiller but that's what is awesome about the world of animation. Ferrell and Pitt have signed on to voice characters in the upcoming DreamWorks animated superhero flick OOBERMIND replacing the previously cast Downey and Stiller. Tina Fey, who was announced with Downey and Stiller, remains involved with the production. The film follows Oobermind (Ferrell), a supervillain who kills his archnemesis Metro Man (Pitt). Bored by his new life without an adversary, he attempts to create a new superhero named Titan. But when he turns evil, Oobermind must reevaluate which side he fights on. A new addition to the film is Jonah Hill who will be playing hero/villain Titan.

As is often said, the voice work is done before a good chunk of the animation for the film. With OOBERMIND due for release in about a year's time, I have to believe that Downey and Stiller at least partly recorded their voice work for the film. So what went wrong? Did they rewrite the script? Did they decide to play the film "funnier" and go for a more comedic actor (though to be fair, Downey is a pretty fucking funny dude). Interesting development...

Extra Tidbit: Pitt, Ferrell, Fey and Hill would make a great live-action film together.
Source: Variety

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1:36PM on 08/17/2009
Dreamworks has pretty cool ideas for their animated movies but they always end up being pretty mediocre.
Dreamworks has pretty cool ideas for their animated movies but they always end up being pretty mediocre.
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12:24PM on 08/17/2009
I'm still just wondering if Dreamworks will ever learn how to simulate translucent skin the way Pixar did a handful of years ago. Dreamworks continues to be too heavily reliant on plate texturing, rather than creating new algorithms for lighting interactivity. That, coupled with cliche emoting, is what deters me from Dreamworks' CG movies.
I'm still just wondering if Dreamworks will ever learn how to simulate translucent skin the way Pixar did a handful of years ago. Dreamworks continues to be too heavily reliant on plate texturing, rather than creating new algorithms for lighting interactivity. That, coupled with cliche emoting, is what deters me from Dreamworks' CG movies.
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11:06AM on 08/17/2009

I remain hesitant...

Everything Dreamworks Animation has made (except for the first Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda) has been awful.

That and I really don't care for Will Farrell.

Everything Dreamworks Animation has made (except for the first Shrek and Kung-Fu Panda) has been awful.

That and I really don't care for Will Farrell.

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4:49PM on 08/17/2009

IS animation the only place we can get original ideas from aymore?

It's a lot more original than most ideas I've heard of lately. But, I'm pretty sure this idea had been floating around since at least 2003

What kind of hypnotic visuals did Dreamworks use to make everyone love KUNG FU PANDA so much? Easily my least favorite animated movie since this whole CG Animated fest started. I really can't understand the appeal of that film; Movies like ICE AGE, Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Shrek, and The Incredibles, are far superior.
It's a lot more original than most ideas I've heard of lately. But, I'm pretty sure this idea had been floating around since at least 2003

What kind of hypnotic visuals did Dreamworks use to make everyone love KUNG FU PANDA so much? Easily my least favorite animated movie since this whole CG Animated fest started. I really can't understand the appeal of that film; Movies like ICE AGE, Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Shrek, and The Incredibles, are far superior.
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10:23AM on 08/18/2009
Well, I can't speak for everyone, but what I really appreciated about Kung-Fu Panda was how simple it was. No ridiculously convoluted plot, no pointless subplots, no ham-fisted allegories; it was short, sweet and to-the-point.

It also helps that it was beautifully animated, had a great score, and did not have the typical fart jokes and pop culture references that are strewn throughout every other Dreamworks animated movie.

I think it comes pretty close to being as good as a Pixar movie, in
Well, I can't speak for everyone, but what I really appreciated about Kung-Fu Panda was how simple it was. No ridiculously convoluted plot, no pointless subplots, no ham-fisted allegories; it was short, sweet and to-the-point.

It also helps that it was beautifully animated, had a great score, and did not have the typical fart jokes and pop culture references that are strewn throughout every other Dreamworks animated movie.

I think it comes pretty close to being as good as a Pixar movie, in fact, I prefer it over Incredibles, Wall-E, and maybe even UP.

I think the worst CG animation movie since this craze started is a tie between Madagascar and any of the Ice Age movies.
11:45AM on 08/17/2009
I like RDJ and Stiller, but for some reason I'm more excited about this film now. Maybe the thought of Pitt and Ferrell doing animation, I don't know. Sounds like fun, though.
I like RDJ and Stiller, but for some reason I'm more excited about this film now. Maybe the thought of Pitt and Ferrell doing animation, I don't know. Sounds like fun, though.
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