Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Edgar Wright‘s big screen adaptation of the comic book Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will incorporate clasic hand drawn animation. Co-star Brandon Routh revealed to Collider that Wright is doing some “really cool things” with the film, specifically the movie will feature “a mix of real people and drawn animation.” How cool is that?
Routh was never really clear the extent of the useage. Will the backgrounds be completely handdrawn incorporating a Sin City greenscreen style? It’s unlikely, especially since Wright is shooting the film on location in Toronto Canada. Could he being incorporating some kind of rotoscoped animation ala Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly? Also unlikely.
I’m assuming that the hand-drawn animation will be incorporated into the fight sequences between Scott Pilgrim and Ramona’s seven evil boyfriends. I haven’t read the comic books, but I’ve heard that the fights are set-up in a retro video game-like style. Recently films like Juno has spurred these series of title sequences and trailer edits that use these almost sketchbook-like animated sequences. I could definitely see Wright’s movie incorporating some of that style.
Based on the Oni Press graphic novel Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, written by Bryan Lee O’Malley, the film follows 23-year-old Canadian slacker Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera), who must battle and defeat her seven evil ex-boyfriends to win the heart of an American delivery girl named Ramona V. Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).