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Desc:Wes Anderson does Roald Dahl. It's...very Wes Anderson-y.
Category:Trailers, Arts
Tags:stop-motion, Wes Anderson, roald dahl
Submitted:Merzbau
Date:07/30/09
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Comment count is 36
Merzbau
...we don't have a Roald Dahl tag? Seriously? All right, I'm hitting up Youtube for "Lamb to the Slaughter," or some episodes of Way Out or something.

Or hell, the You Only Live Twice trailer. SOMETHING.
infinite zest
wow. I didn't know that he wrote the screenplay for that. As far as this movie goes, it looks as bad as Jonze's 'Where the Wild Things Are' looks excellent

kiint
this looks awful

Roald Dahl is whirling dervishly in his grave
CaptainJesusHood
Needs "Ocean's Furteen" tag
fatatty
Well this was going to get one star.

ASubmarineSandwich
Let's at least keep this up here for posterity, guys.
Riskbreaker
Wes Anderson? No thanks.
Xenocide
SEPMER FI, SOLDIER. SEMPER FI.

MAYBE WE'LL MEET AGAIN SOMEDAY...WHEN THE FIGHTING STOPS.

TAG 'EM N' BAG 'EM, JENNIES, WE'RE MOVIN' OUT!

ztc
. . . ghastly
cognitivedissonance
This kind of looks like those Victorian dioramas where they would stuff several dozen dead kittens and pose them in doll clothes.

And I, for one, look forward to the inevitable Wes Anderson/Tim Burton Death-Match-O-Pretentious-Pussies (tm).
Xenocide
Oh, God, every time I see an ad for this movie I'm going to have nightmares now.

gnpaaron
i love wes anderson but i just don't think i can get behind this
poorwill
Looks awful, and Wes Anderson is actually good, despite what the gibbering tards on poeTV will tell you. Comparisons with Tim Burton now? Also, Tim Burton isn't pretentious, he just sucks.
infinite zest
A good point is made, we shouldn't one-star trailers and stuff just because the trailer and/or movie looks horrible. That's not in the spirit of poetv. If I could retract my two stars I totes would, giving this at least 4 stars for evil grave robbery.
Merzbau
To clarify my position and intent in posting this: I'm an Anderson defender and thought this sounded good.

Then I saw the trailer.

Maybe, MAYBE this will be watchable, but Jesus, I doubt it.
Chalkdust
I for one am intrigued at least by the cinematography and general aesthetic. As cognitivedissonance said, it looks like a taxidermy diorama (all the perpendicular lines and static camera angles, deliberate staging and model train layout sets), but I am not opposed to that.

The dialogue is a bit too precious at times but it may be that the trailer is focusing on it.
Chibisuke
Is it just me, or do these voices not sound like they're coming from the characters at all?

I guess it could just be the lip sync is off, but it kinda seems like more than that. Like maybe they didn't bother to add reverb or whatever to make them sound like they're actually in the environments they're portayed as being in.
Chalkdust
Actually, from what I understand, they -were- in the respective environments (a rarity in voice-over). That is, for scenes where the characters are in a forest, Wes Anderson took the cast out to a forest to record the dialogue, and so on.

minimalist
All this needs is to be CGI to be indistinguishable from a Dreamworks funny-animals shitfest.

Oh, Wes. What happened.
Charles
He was born.

Sean Robinson
I think this looks fantastic. Roald Dahl was pretty great but he also was an anti-semite. If he doesn't like good adaptations of his work then I'm glad he lies uneasy in his grave. Fuck that guy.

I think that the mildly unsettling aspect to the animation (a vast array of textures beyond the scope of what we generally see animated either physically or in CGI) reflects a willingness not to condescend to the young audience that this film is clearly aimed at.

I'm glad you folks don't like it. You people are sort of shit.


Merzbau
See, that's not what gets me. It's a combination of some really weak gags and the possibility that Anderson is misusing this opportunity to make a by-the-numbers Wes Anderson Movie. I'll still see it, and reserve judgment, but this kind of worries me.

Didn't know Dahl was an anti-semite- details?

CaptainJesusHood
Okay, five stars for a video about a cartoon fox making some guy come out and say "I'm better than everyone else here". Classic.

minimalist
Wes Anderson already made a by-the-numbers Wes Anderson movie, it was called The Darjeeling Limited.

infinite zest
OOOOOOOO

cognitivedissonance
I tried to commit suicide the night I saw Darjeeling Limited. No joke. I tried to drink bleach. I wound up in a psych ward, thanks to Wes Anderson's bleakness hitting precisely the right notes to destroy a man's mind.

eatenmyeyes
Next time use a gun. This looks like a great movie.

eatenmyeyes
That was callous. I apologize.

AgentOrange
You shouldn't what kind of sad weepy moron posts something like that in the replies section of a video site.

Xenocide
When is Wes Anderson going to change the name of his production company to "THIS MOVIE HAS BILL MURRAY IN IT FILMS."
Cleaner82
I want to loathe this, but something is making me like it. I think it's the devil.
dead_cat
Five stars, because now we can put Mr. Dahl's spinning coffin into a giant motor and power all of Europe.
StanleyPain
This originally began as a Henry Selick project, but he abandoned it to do Coraline instead, so Anderson took over from being just producer.
kiint
no kidding? because the animation is bad, and not in a good, "robot chicken" kind of bad, but in a "i dont know shit about animation" kind of bad

Lum
The animation looks like the dancing bit from Evil Dead 2.
MrBuddy
The Furries are going to be worshiping this movie for years to come.
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