At the 2009 Fantastic Fest in Austin Texas, I sat on the jury¬† for the animated shorts category. It was at this time that I screened awesome animated short titled Alma from Spanish animator Rodrigo Blaas. I fought hard for Alma, but when you’re part of a group vote it’s all about compromise. While I was unable to convince my fellow jurors to name the movie Best Animated Short Film, we were able to award the film with a “special mention”,¬† which is basically the runners up prize.We eventually posted the short film in a VOTD column late last year. I knew we’d hear from Rodrigo again, but I wasn’t sure how. Blaas worked at Pixar as an animator, so I always assumed he would end up directing something at Emeryville. I was wrong.

Guillermo del Toro is set to godfather the development of a big screen feature adaptation of Alma with Rodrigo Blass directing for DreamWorks Animation.

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A few weeks ago it was reported that Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro spends time each week at DreamWorks Animation developing upcoming projects, acting as a creative consultant on several specific projects. This entails helping out on design or story, and other things he’s executive producing and developing, none of those projects have been announced yet… that is until today.

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Recently Guillermo Del Toro teased us with an announcement of a project relating to the letter ‘D’. Speculation ran rampant that it would be anything from a film based on DC’s character Deadman to his projected adaptation of Drood by Dan Simmons, to all sorts of other outlandish stuff.

Now we know the deal: he’s teaming up with Disney to launch a new animation label called Disney Double Dare You, which will “create new animated films full of chills and thrills for audiences of all ages.” Read More »

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