This Christmas, while adults might be excited about Bilbo Baggins or the return of Ron Burgundy, all the kids will likely be walking with dinosaurs. Based on a traveling performance that features incredibly realistic animatronic dinosaurs, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is set for release December 20 from directors Barry Cook (Arthur Christmas) and Neil Nightingale (Enchanted Kingdom 3D). It tells the story of a young dinosaur who grows up to be the hero of his people. Think Jurassic Park meets The Lion King, if the dinosaurs looked slightly less real but were way more plentiful.
The first trailer has just come online, which will give you an idea of what the film looks like and how it translates from an arena to the big screen. Frankly, it looks like it’s going to work fine. Check it out. Read More »
Last year at CinemaCon, 20th Century Fox previewed very early footage for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Attendees at the presentation were floored, and the buzz on all the blogs was that Pi was an Oscar contender. Some argued that April was too early to be calling for possible Oscar contenders, and they were probably right. We all know how that turned out.
This year Fox arrived in Vegas bearing another special preview: between fifteen and twenty minutes of the Ben Stiller-directed The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (Stiller also stars.) Again, it’s April, it’s too early to make such claims, but the Oscar buzz has begun.
After the jump you can read my thoughts on the footage screened from Mitty, or watch a video blog I recorded with Alex from Firstshowing talking about presentations of footage from The Wolverine, Epic, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie.
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Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, the hybrid live-action/CGI family film based on the BBC Worldwide six-part series featuring CGI and animatronic dinosaurs in the Mesozioc period, already has the advantage of associating with a popular touring exhibition, and is likely to be distributed by Fox.
Now the film has a marquee name as consultant and a powerful tech partner, as the producers have started working with James Cameron and Vince Pace to get the Cameron | Pace Group stamp of approval for the film’s 3D efforts. Read More »