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UPDATE: DreamWorks Animation set its first live-action combo

12.10.2010
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UPDATE - DreamWorks has checked in and corrected the earlier report from this morning. There will actually be NO live-action element to the story. CG animation will be used for the human world while hand-drawn animation will be used for the shadow world. So imagine ROGER RABBIT if the live-action world were CG animation and I think you have an idea of what they're going for. Either way, still sounds pretty cool to me...

While Disney and Robert Zemeckis continue to tease a new ROGER RABBIT, DreamWorks is moving ahead on their first live-action/animated blend, a 2013 film titled ME AND MY SHADOW. Like ROGER RABBIT before it, the film will combine an animated character, in this case a shadow who's sick of being stuck to the world's most boring human, with a live-action universe.

Mark Dindal (CHICKEN LITTLE) is directing the film for the studio and while the animation department is already working on those aspects of the film, the rest of the film has yet to be cast. The film will be shot as a 3D movie as are all of DreamWorks Animation films.

Perhaps even more ambitious is that the film will combine both traditional hand-drawn animation with modern CG animation. The shadow world, a naturally flat environment as you might expect, will be rendered with traditional 2D animation and when the shadows enter the human world, they will be rendered with CG 3D animation.

DreamWorks hasn't worked in hand-drawn animation since 2001's SPIRIT: THE STALLION OF THE CIMARRON and one crew member said the project will be "super-challenging but very cool." So far it sounds like both.

Extra Tidbit: Like that DreamWorks is finally starting to think outside the box a little bit.
Source: Variety

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2:38PM on 12/10/2010
Whoa, a Dreamworks movie with animals? This news has got to be fake.
Whoa, a Dreamworks movie with animals? This news has got to be fake.
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10:41PM on 12/10/2010
Whoops. This is embarrassing, I typoed. It was meant to be a joke and say without... Now I just look like a dick.
Whoops. This is embarrassing, I typoed. It was meant to be a joke and say without... Now I just look like a dick.
9:01PM on 12/10/2010
Did you actually read the article, or did you skim it and see the words "chicken" and "rabbit?"
Did you actually read the article, or did you skim it and see the words "chicken" and "rabbit?"
2:54PM on 12/11/2010
if zemeckis hasnt learned from avatar his movies will continue to look like creepy shit.
if zemeckis hasnt learned from avatar his movies will continue to look like creepy shit.
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2:54PM on 12/11/2010
if zemeckis hasnt learned from avatar his movies will continue to look like creepy shit.
if zemeckis hasnt learned from avatar his movies will continue to look like creepy shit.
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9:36PM on 12/12/2010
Nice idea...hopefully the 2D stuff will be really stylized and not the bland stuff that made up Dreamworks' early efforts in 2D. It does seem like they're thinking outside the box, though, which I must say is very welcome news for a Dreamworks fan. The Guardians are coming...
Nice idea...hopefully the 2D stuff will be really stylized and not the bland stuff that made up Dreamworks' early efforts in 2D. It does seem like they're thinking outside the box, though, which I must say is very welcome news for a Dreamworks fan. The Guardians are coming...
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