Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
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.