September 19, 2006

Horton Hears a Who -- First Look at Smug Character


With the voice talents of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell , here's the first shot from Fox's CG animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who. I don't remember the book well enough to say which character this is (it's been nearly a week since reading), but I can say that with his thin build, well-groomed faux-hawk, popped collar and unnecessarily worn tie, he definitely owns the entire Cher catalog.

Most notable is how surprisingly faithful the design, even the background architecture and genital size, has remained to its source. Indeed, it's as if the entire world of Dr. Seuss has been brought from the two-dimensional page into the three-dimensional world, where we can finally realize just how crazy-looking these freaks are. What is this thing anyways, some kind of dog man? ... I can't wait to see it.

Eragon Trailer Exciting to Dragon Fans


Just in time for nerd season, Hollywood is unveiling its newest creations to bring in their most loyal (and most acne-ridden) crowd, and things are looking hot. This season, the sci-fi world of aliens and lightsabers have stepped aside to make room for swords and mythological creatures--always safe bets for this crowd--with two big entries into the field. Peter Jackson, creator* of Lord of the Rings, already announced his plans for a dragon-themed movie, and now the trailer for the hotly-anticipated Eragon has been released. Based on the book, which is based on dragon fact, the film brings viewers back to that lost time of warriors, sorcery, and fantastical dragons, when you had to be careful not to speak too loudly of these things in the cafeteria so those guys wouldn't throw your Magic deck in the trash again (I think it was the mid '90s). Yes, that magical time, just prior to the release of Dragonheart, when we still thought it might be cool to base an entire movie on a dragon (it wasn't) can be yours again at the click of a button.

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