U.S. Movie Trailer: The Illusionist

In June, we posted the international movie trailer for Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist, which looked amazing. I got a chance to screen the film at the Telluride film festival, and it is a visually stunning testament to the art of 2D animation. The film is set to be released in the states (in limited theaters) beginning on December 25th 2010 (the only real Christmas release this year), and Sony Pictures Classics have finally released a proper U.S. movie trailer. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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We’ve shown you quite a good bit of material from Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist, including a Russian trailer. But this UK trailer for the film is the best look yet; it has a lot of new footage, and the quality is much higher than anything we’ve seen so far. We knew from stills that the film would be quite beautiful, but from the footage in this trailer, it looks stunning. Read More »

I didn’t have much doubt that a distributor would quickly move on Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist. (Refer back to our previous articles detailing the film, which has origins in an unproduced screenplay by the great Jacques Tati and features a character very much designed after Tati.) In fact, I didn’t have much doubt that it would be anyone other than Sony Pictures Classics, which also released Chomet’s film The Triplets of Belleville. Hopefully SPC can find an audience for this picture; it looks simply beautiful. Check some previously posted footage below. [Variety]

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I’m about as interested as it is possible to be in Sylvain Chomet‘s upcoming The Illusionist. My interest is based on the fact that the film is the intersection of Chomet’s visual sense, somehow both a quaint and fantastic evocation of the everyday as seen in The Triplets of Belleville, and the storytelling impulse of the late Jacques Tati, which not coincidentally could be described in very similar terms.

We’ve seen a brief bit of footage from The Illusionist in the recent past, but now there is a Russian clip that acts as a great little trailer. And it is quite lovely. Read More »

A new YouTube video gives us the first online look at moving footage from Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist, and what we see is simply stunning. The film has premiered this week at the Berlin Film Festival to some wonderfully positive reviews, the most encouraging of which come from those who had doubts about Chomet’s previous feature, Belleville Rendezvous. You can see the video after the break.

This Illusionist is a hand drawn animation, not to be mistaken for Neil Burger’s live action film from a few years back. Chomet was working from an unproduced screenplay by Jacques Tati, intended to be a live action film. Making conjuring magical in a toon – where there doesn’t need to be a trick, anything can be drawn – is no mean feat.

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Creating a ‘traditionally animated’ feature, which is to say a film created by drawing 2D images rather than tweaking 3D models, either physically or virtually, is most definitely a very time consuming exercise (I take issue with the term ‘traditionally animated’ as I’m not sure what’s untraditional about the art of stop-motion). Unsurprising, then, that the last time I saw a new image from Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist was literally years ago. Finally, a batch of gorgeous new images have surfaced, and you can see them all below the break.

Chomet, if you don’t know the name, was the director of The Triplets of Belleville, aka Belleville Rendezvous, a French toon that made something of a splash back in 2003, not least by garnering effusive praise from some big cheeses at Pixar.

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