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Imagi Studios (Tmnt, Astro Boy) began work on a cg Gatchaman feature film back in the late 2000s but the company went belly up after some disappointing box office performances. Suffering in that fallout was the cg Gatchaman movie which was left unfinished. It's interesting to see that the studio was using a few scenes from X-Men: The Last Stand as a case study. There's also some previsualization studies below. A live-action Gatchaman movie was released this past summer in Japan. Related Content: Teaser For Live-Action Gatchaman Aka Battle Of The Planets »
David Bowers? More like David Bow-wow-ers. The Flushed Away, Astro Boy, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days director is said to be taking on Clifford The Big Red Dog. For those not in the know, it’s about a big red dog named Clifford. Together with his owner Emily Elizabeth, Clifford journeys through life being gigantic and awkward, but always loved.
The books originated back in 1963, and under the watchful eye of Universal Studios, the film will become a CGI/live-action. This probably makes Bowers a grand choice, having worked in both styles over the years. The script comes from Matt Lopez, writer of The Sorcerer’S Apprentice.
We’ll now engage in the painful wait to see who will be cast to voice such a gigantic pup. The late great John Ritter voiced him in the animated series, but »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Based on the classic children’s book Universal Pictures, the story follows a massive red dog and his relationship with a child named Emily Elizabeth.
The project will be a live action film with the dog being the lone animated character. Matt Lopez is writing the script.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
A feature film adaptation of the popular Clifford the Big Red Dog childrens book series is moving right along, but not without a slight change. When the project was first announced, Universal Pictures planned to make the film in concert with the animated company Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me, The Lorax). Now The Wrap reports that, though Universal is still moving forward with the pic, Illumination has dropped off and Chris Meledandri is no longer producing. This might have something to do with the fact that the feature is now being envisioned as a live-action project, with the titular dog being the only CG-animated portion (as with Ted and Paul). Nevertheless, movement continues as David Bowers is now in talks to direct from a script by Matt Lopez. Bowers previously helmed the animated features Flushed Away and Astro Boy, as well as two live-action Diary of a Wimpy Kid sequels. No »
- Adam Chitwood
The Japanese master of whimsical animation, Hayao Miyazaki, has retired before. This time, he says he really means it.
Miyazaki is one of animation’s most admired and successful directors. He said Friday that at the age of 72, he now wants to do other things besides slaving away over his drawings to meet feature film deadlines.
“I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, `Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious,” he said.
“This will never happen again,” Miyazaki said at the conclusion of a nearly 2-hour-long news »
- Associated Press
Back in 2007, Imagi Studios, a Japanese animation studio that's behind the CG-animated "Tmnt" and "Astro Boy," wanted to make a CG-animated "Legend of Zelda" movie. But you can't make a "Zelda" movie without permission from Nintendo. After "Super Mario Bros" failed to make back even half of its budget from theatrical showings, Nintendo decided to be more protective of its properties. But Imagi Studios felt that "Zelda" has the potential to be a hit, which is why the studio put together a pitch video, showing what the film could look like. Nintendo watched the video, but denied permission to proceed with development. The project immediately died, but we now have that pitch video that features Link, Zelda and other familiar characters. Watch it below. Trailer: »
Will a "Legend of Zelda" movie ever make it to the big screen? Studios have been trying to get Nintendo to turn one of their most beloved franchises into a film adventure for years, but to no avail. Considering the poor rate of success video game adaptations have had in theaters, that's no surprise, but that doesn't stop us from wondering what could be.
Enter Imagi, the studio behind animated films "Astro Boy" and "Tmnt." In 2007, Imagi pitched Nintendo on an animated retelling of "The Legend of Zelda" that Nintendo ultimately turned down. But thanks to former Imagi Dp and layout supervisor Adam Holmes, fans finally get to see the pitch (above) now.
Even though "Zelda" hasn't been made into a film, it did get turned into an animated series than ran for 13 episodes in 1989. That show didn't go over well, and is best known for Link's incredibly overused catchphrase, »
It's not hard to see why Nintendo has never been big in movie adaptations game. Their first attempt resulted in the horribly insane Super Mario Bros. movie, afterall. They've been smart enough to stay away from trying anything like that ever again. Or is that really the smart thing to do? It's now been discovered that the animation studio Imagi (Tmnt, Astro Boy) once tried to convince them to give up the rights to a Legend of Zelda movie. We also have the animated pitch they used. »
- David Hoffman
Several years ago, Imagi Studios (Tmnt, Astro Boy) created a concept reel for their proposed CGI animated version of a movie based on The Legend of Zelda video game from Nintendo. Although the project died during the development phase, the original pitch video has now surfaced, featuring characters from the popular game such as Link, Zelda, Ganon, and Epona. While this movie will likely never see the light of day, take a look at what a potential Legend of Zelda animated movie may have looked like from Imagi Studios.
The video game, which was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (Nes) 8-bit console in 1986, followed Link, who is tasked with rescuing Princess Zelda from the evil Ganon in the land of Hyrule. The ancient relic known as the Triforce also comes into play heavily throughout the game, a set of three golden triangles that embody the powers of Hyrule's three golden goddesses, »
Ever wonder what an animated film based on the popular "The Legend of Zelda" Nintendo video game series would look like?
At one point Imagi Studios ("Tmnt," "Astro Boy") assembled a pitch reel for such a project, a reel that Nintendo passed on. Now, former Imagi Dp and layout supervisor Adam Holmes has posted a copy online which you can check out below:
Source: /Film »
- Garth Franklin
Nintendo has some of the most recognizable and popular characters in entertainment, which is probably why they reuse all of them to death. But while other video game studios are falling over themselves to turn their properties into movies, Nintendo is probably still feeling burned from Super Mario Bros. even though it came out twenty years ago. Movies like that can hurt a brand, and since Nintendo doesn't have much going for it outside of those brands, they're incredibly protective. But that hasn't stopped studios from calling, and animation studio Imagi (Tmnt, Astro Boy) once put together a pitch reel for The Legend of Zelda. Nintendo passed, but an animated movie wouldn't be a bad direction, although it also looks like it could just be a cut scene from the video game (in this case, Twilight Princess). In all fairness, Imagi's approach looks much better than this. Hit the jump to check out the video. »
- Matt Goldberg
For many years, fans have been waiting for Hollywood to bring The Legend of Zelda video game series from Nintendo to the big screen, but it just hasn't happened. Even after interest surged following an impressive but fake live-action trailer that IGN posted on April Fool's Day, a film version of the popular fantasy game hasn't come to fruition. However, that doesn't mean there haven't been attempts to make it happen. In fact, Imagi Studios, the animation company behind the films Astro Boy and most recent Tmnt, crafted a pitch reel for an animated movie adaptation in 2007, and now that video is online. Watch! Here's Imagi Studios pitch reel for a Legend of Zelda movie found on Kotaku (via SlashFilm): Former Imagi Dp and layout supervisor Adam Holmes posted the video online, and as of now, it's about as close as fans will get to a real Zelda movie. »
- Ethan Anderton
by Matt Hawkins
As a general rule, movies based on video games are usually abysmal. And no one knows this better than Nintendo, thanks to how the live action "Super Mario Bros." flick turned out. Which is why the chances of them okaying another big screen adaptation of one of their cherished franchised is pretty much nil.
The theatrical Pokemon animated moves don't count since they're based upon the popular television cartoon and are largely by the same parties.
But that didn't stop Imagi Animation Studios from pitching the idea of a full length, CGI motion picture of the "The Legend of Zelda." They're the same studio responsible for both the CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Astro Boy CGI movies. Both of which did not fare very well at the box office, it should be noted.
The following, which was unearthed in the latest Superannuation column for Kotaku, is courtesy of Adam Holmes, »
- MTV Video Games
Back in 2007, the Japanese animators company Imagi Studios (the company behind Tmnt and Astro Boy) produced a video pitch for a CG-animated adaptation of Nintendo's iconic video game franchise The Legend of Zelda, which naturally never got the go ahead from the gaming giant. Nevertheless, we can now see the pitch for ourselves as it's made its way onto YouTube, and features appearances from the heroic Link, Princess Zelda, the monstrous warlock Ganon and even Link's horse Eponda; check it out for yourself...
Are you disappointed that this never made it to the screen? Let us know in the comments below »
- Flickering Myth
Check out this Legend of Zelda cg fan film teaser from Hong Kong animation studio, Imagi Studios. They’re also the animators behind the 2007 cg animated film Tmnt and 2009′s cg Astro Boy feature. Back in 2007, the studio produced a high end concept reel to pitch to Nintendo how they would approach a Legend of Zelda animated film. Sadly, this project died in development and Imagi closed down in 2010 after the poor box office performance of Astro Boy and Warner Bros.’ cancellation of a then-in-development, cg Gatchaman film. The brief teaser features Ganon, a fleeing Princess Zelda who looks to be trying to keep the Triforce out of Ganon’s reach. And of course Link. Link’s trusty steed Epona also features. Would you have been interested in seeing a Legend of Zelda cg film or would you be more interested in a live-action version? Some »
Fans of The Legend of Zelda have always wanted a feature film based on the games of their favorite hero Link, and after the infamous IGN fake trailer demand has been even higher. The series was apparently much closer to a film adaptation than we ever thought. Imagi Studios, responsible for the animated Tmnt and Astro Boy movies, pitched an animated film to Nintendo, which almost immediately shut down development. Luckily the pitch video has surfaced online (via io9 ) and features many of our favorite characters from the series and many allusions to what the plot might have been. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments! »
Last night in Los Angeles, Hero Complex Gallery opened their new show Bleeding Metallics. As you can probably tell by the title, the art was printed with metallic inks, crafted out of metal, using metallic paints and papers, and more. A few minutes before the doors opened, I walked around the gallery taking pictures of everything on display. If you're a fan of cool art, The Iron Giant, Iron Man, Astro Boy, Silver Surfer, Futurama, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Robocop, and Aliens (just to name a few), hit the jump. For those in the Los Angeles area, I definitely suggest stopping by the gallery to see the art for yourself. However, if you see anything you like, you definitely want to click over to Hero Complex's website because everything you see below is now available online. Some of it is already sold out so don't wait too long to buy something. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Without realizing it, I grew up exposed to the earliest anime, shows like Astro Boy and The Amazing Three and Kimba the White Lion. It was a quiet invasion overshadowed by louder, more colorful and kinetic American animation on Saturday mornings and classic Warner cartoons on weekday afternoons. As a result, I missed the next great era of American anime such as Space Battleship Yamato and Robotech. It certainly developed a large following in the 1970s and 1980s with the airwaves packed with these shows. In fact there were so many that several shorter-run series were packed together as Force Five. The Wednesday show was known as Spaceketeers and ran for 26 episodes, edited down from 73 episodes and never quite concluded the story.
Now, Shout! Factory has taken the series, which was edited into three different films by Toei in 2009 and is releasing them on disc. The new version was written and directed by William Winckler, »
- Robert Greenberger
After the smash successes of the original King Kong worldwide in 1933 and the classic The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms twenty years later, film makers worldwide, particularly in Japan, embraced the notion of a gigantic beast destroying cities (some say as a response to the A bombs that ended WWII) and created their own cinema superstar-beast with Gojira (known here in the states as Godzilla, King Of Monsters) in 1954. This inspired countless sequels and imitators (many from the same studio which created a whole monster menagerie). Eventually they were brought to television, but not as the heroes. That role would be filled by superheroes like Ultraman and robots. First there was the animated exploits of Astro Boy, Gigantor, and Tobor the Eighth Man (as they were named by Us distributors). I was first aware of this genre by viewing the dubbed, daily syndicated adventures of “Jonny Sokko and His Flying Robot” (you »
- Jim Batts
Annecy — Japanese anime studio Tezuka is in early conversations to create local versions around the world of its most famous property, and indeed one of the foundations of Japan’s distinctive anime style: toon TV series “Astro Boy.”
The best-known creation of Tezuka founder Osamu Tezuka, and first seen from 1952 as a manga graphic novel, “Astro Boy” is set in a futuristic world where robots live alongside humans. It turns on a young robot that fights crime and injustice, including other robots, which he often gives a good hammering.
Adapted as a TV skein in 1960, “Astro Boy” became Japan’s first smash-hit animated TV show. It saw a remake in 1980 and again in 2003, in a retread whose rights are owned by Sony.
Summit Distribution released a 2009 animated feature film, with Charlize Theron, Nicolas Cage and Freddie Highmore as “Astro Boy,” which was produced by Imagi Animation Studios, Imagi Cristal and Tezuka Productions. »
- John Hopewell
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