RISE OF THE GUARDIANS Fan Art: “Jack Frost” by sakimichan

Because you can never have too much Jack Frost fan art, and he’s just never out of season. 

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DREAMWORKS ANIMATION Fan Art: “Pitch Black” by ~germanmissiles

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This was too amazing to not post about it!  Rise of the Guardians‘ Pitch Black as a devious yet suave teenager, not yet quite fully bitter about life, but getting there, maybe? 

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THE CROODS Took 80 Million Computer Hours in Its Creation

It’s amusing to think that a movie set in the Stone Age has just set a new record for computer hours. When DreamWorks created The Rise of Guardians, the movie required 65 million compute hours to render. But The Croods has smashed that, with a record-breaking total of 80 million compute hours. That’s close to double the hours it took to render Monsters vs. Aliens back in 2009.

That’s not the end of the impressive stats, though. The Croods contains the work of 400 animators, which translated into 250TB of data that then needed to be edited down into the final release. Each character took 6 months to perfect and has 2,500 control points for feature manipulation. The final film has a pixel count north of 250 billion.

As for hardware, DreamWorks relies on 3,000 HP BladeSystem c-Class server blades combined with a server render farm consisting of 20,000 processors. It also has some very high bandwidth networking installed so as to allow artists and animators from around the world to contribute to projects. This includes a 10Gbps connection between the company’s Glenwood and Redwood City studios in California, as well as a 500MBps connection with India.

None of the data created for the project goes to waste. Around 70TB of it is already being accessed for other projects across all of DreamWorks’ productions (typically they are working on 10 at any one time). That data includes things that are easy to reuse, such as vegetation and backgrounds, but you can guarantee a lot of the animation loops will come in handy, too.

I have to say, you can definitely tell that care and time were well spent on this movie.  It’s a beautiful piece of art all around.

via Geek.com.

THE CROODS Drawing Tutorials

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DreamWorks Animation has done a generous thing with presenting us with drawing tutorials on how to draw the characters from The Croods.  They did so with Rise of the Guardians, and I’m pretty happy that they’re continuing their efforts with this movie as well.  Check out the video playlist below, or you can check out our Croods video page for other videos as well!

‘RISE OF THE GUARDIANS’ DVD and Blu-Ray To Be on Sale March 12th

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The Rise of the Guardians is going to be released (at least in the U.S.) on March 12, 2013, which is next week!  I can’t wait to see Jack and Bunnymund and Sandman all over again!

Hugh Jackman Aussiefies Bunnymund in ‘RISE OF THE GUARDIANS’

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MTV posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip that will be on both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the movie ‘Rise of the Guardians’ where Hugh Jackman talks about his character Bunnymund.  

In an exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of “Rise of the Guardians,” the recent Academy Award nominee explains how he wanted to bring a bit of himself to the Easter Bunny, keeping his manly edge and the rarely heard Australian accent.

Check out the video here!

via MTV.

Do you like Raisins and the ‘RISE OF THE GUARDIANS’ Movie?

Sounds odd, doesn’t it?  

But that’s okay.  Because if you like raisins, and you can’t wait to get the ‘Rise of the Guardians’ movie on DVD/Blu-Ray, Sun-Maid is giving out a mail-in rebate for $3!  You may think that it’s only $3, but hey, every cent counts these days.  

Anyway, the movie comes out on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 12, 2013, so download the form by clicking on the image below, and get that movie when it comes out.  I know I’ll want my hands on it, too.  

You can order the Rise of the Guardians DVD or Blu-ray at any retail store as the only special packaging included seems to be the wind-up easter eggs, which are not exclusive to any one place.  If you order through Amazon, you can click here, or on the image in the sidebar. 

 

Directors for DreamWorks Animation’s ‘THE CROODS’ Talk Creation of the Caveman Film

Just recently, ‘The Croods’ premiered at the Berlin Festival.  Directors Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders were on hand for the event and were glad for it since this has been an ongoing project since 2005.  That’s quite a long time, even for an animated film.  However, at that time, it was originally supposed to be in stop-motion animation by Aardman Animations rather than the digitally created one it is now.  

Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco

Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco

“Back then, this film had a different title: Crood Awakenings,” Di [sic] Micco explained.

“Its story also had a somewhat different slant. My co-writer on that earlier version of this project — Monty Python’s John Cleese — is deathly afraid that technology is ultimately going to ruin civilization. So we were looking to use this battle of one-upmanship between two cavemen as a way to comically illustrate this concept.”

Apparently it was also centered on one caveman, instead of a whole family, having to deal with all the changes in the world.  

“That’s what I think makes The Croods really unique,” said DiMicco’s co-director Chris Sanders.

This movie really doesn’t have a villain. The thing that keeps pushing our set of characters forward, that constantly challenges them is change. The very ground that they’re standing on — thanks to the continental split — is constantly changing due to earthquakes and all of these great chasms opening up. So the only way that this family of cavemen can hope to survive amid this upheaval is by embracing change.

The Croods family

The Croods family

Getting back now to last week’s world premiere of The Croods, what pleased Kirk and Chris the most, what made them feel that all of those years which they’d spent reworking this movie’s story had ultimately been worth it, was the reaction that the audience in Berlin had to what happens in Act 3. Which is when (SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD) this animated feature makes a deft left turn. Transforming from a broad comic adventure which is loaded with slapstick to this sweet & sincere story where our caveman family is suddenly faced with some very real peril. And one member of this comical clan has to make a pretty huge sacrifice.

“We actually built this movie around that moment,” Kirk explained.

We deliberately loaded the first two acts of The Croods with fun comic sequences because we wanted the audience to laugh and slowly fall in love with our cavemen characters. Just so — when we get to that sacrifice in Act 3 — the stakes are suddenly so high that the audience then can’t help but get caught up in the emotion of the moment.

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Based on the reaction that The Croods got at the Berlin Film Festival last Friday night, Di Micco and Sanders’ story structuring gamble paid off. Which is why festival attendees came away from this world premiere of this new animated feature comparing it to some of the stronger titles that DreamWorks Animation has released over the past 15 years. Among them the original Shrek, the first Kung Fu Panda, and Chris’s DWA directorial debut, How to Train Your Dragon.

I’m really hoping for a more successful run for this movie, to make up for what (sadly, and shockingly) ‘Rise of the Guardians’ couldn’t achieve.  Box office success.  And I loved ‘Rise of the Guardians,’ which if you liked as well, will be out on DVD/Blu-Ray on March 12, 2013.  Also, knowing that ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ director Chris Sanders was involved makes me giddy with excitement.

via HuffingtonPost.

DreamWorks Animation Pushes ‘MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN’ to 2014, Holds Off On ‘Me & My Shadow’

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DreamWorks Animation has moved back the release date for ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ from November 2013 to March 7, 2014.  Considering the unfortunate hit the company took from ‘Rise of the Guardians,’ which is really such a shame (I loved that movie), it seems that DWA has had to reassess their lineup and make a few changes.

Originally scheduled for a Nov. 1 opening, the Twentieth Century Fox-distributed animated film will take over the March slot previously held by Me & My Shadow, which will now return to development.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman follows Mr. Peabody, a talking dog who is the smartest being in the world, and his “pet” boy Sherman. Ty Burrell leads the voice cast, which includes Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney and Mel Brooks.

“Our distributor, who has had great success in March with their Ice Age franchise, has recommended we move Mr. Peabody & Sherman to the spring of 2014, which we totally agree is a much more advantageous release window,” said Anne Globe, chief marketing officer of DreamWorks Animation. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman is now the first of our three-picture lineup for next year.”

“We believe the best strategy for DreamWorks Animation in the long run is to ensure that every one of our films has an optimal release date with the biggest opportunity to succeed at the box office,” added Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation. “The move of Mr. Peabody & Sherman means that we will now release two films in 2013, and we are adjusting our operating infrastructure costs accordingly.”

via The Hollywood Reporter.

DreamWorks Animation Moving Forward With ‘HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON′ Sequel

How to train your dragon 3 movieI always thought this was a no-brainer, but this movie actually wasn’t all that stellar according to box office numbers (fortunately for them, not as badly as another of my DWA favorites, ‘Rise of the Guardians‘.  However, I don’t always go by box office numbers… well, I’d like to say that I never go by box office numbers when it comes to choosing what movies to watch.  ‘How to Train Your Dragon‘ was cute, sweet, beautiful, amazing, and stellar, and I’m glad they’re making a sequel out of it.  I don’t always approve of sequels, but in this case, I see the potential.  They’ve already been doing pretty well with the ‘Riders of Berk‘ animated series on television, so I can see this working, too, especially if they can get the original cast to come back.

The studio has announced that the sequel, which will of course be in 3D and is looking at release some time in 2013, is now moving full speed ahead with cast and crew taking form. Most of the voice talents from the first movie are confirmed to be returning, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, and Kristen Wiig. At the moment, it’s unclear whether or not Gerard Butler will return as well.

Dean DeBlois will handle writing and directing the movie this time around. Chris Sanders, who co-directed the original with DeBlois, will be helping out as sort of an adviser along the way. Sanders is currently co-directing another animated feature for DreamWorks called The Croods.

via DreamWorks Animation Moving Forward With ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ | Geeks of Doom.