In 2004, French artist Thomas Astruc (who'd been a storyboard artist on programs such as W.I.T.C.H. and Totally Spies) encountered a female artist with a ladybug illustration on her shirt. This provided the inspiration for an idea about a Franco-Chinese girl named Marietta Cheng who was, by night,the superheroine, Ladybug the Mini-Menace, fighting crime in … Continue reading “Miraculous Ladybug” [Partially Animated Original Concept; 2004-2012]
A look at the never made surrealist collaboration between The Marx Brothers and Salvador Dali.
by Gabe Valdez
The Marx Brothers. Salvador Dali.
Roll the idea around in your head for a moment. The Brothers who lived on precision in their wordsmanship and comedic timing, written and directed by the man whose entire art movement was based on erasing the connective tissue that linked moments and plots together.
BACKGROUND – THE MARX BROTHERS
It would have been a conjunction of worldwide talents like none other. The Marx Brothers were the pre-eminent comedians of their time. Brothers in real life, and veteran vaudeville performers, between 1929 and 1949 they made 13 full-length comedies together. Five of those films are on the AFI’s Top 100 Comedies list. Duck Soup and A Night at the Opera are both in the top 12.
They involved a unique blend of high wit, social satire, and base slapstick. Groucho was the wit, always ready with a plot and a one liner…
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By Late 1981, 32 year old John Adam Belushi was already an acclaimed renaissance man. He had already conquered three whole facets of entertainment. He had formerly been a featured player on the number one rated television show, NBC's sketch comedy series, "Saturday Night Live", had been the breakout character "Bluto" Blutarski in the number … Continue reading “Noble Rot” (1982; Unproduced)
In 1990, magazine cartoonist, William Steig published an original "fractured fairy tale" children's book, "Shrek!". The story told the tale of a vile, ugly teenaged ogre who is (literally) kicked out of his Parents' den and told to make a living for himself, scaring people. Shrek sets out to go off on an adventure, joined … Continue reading “Shrek!” Chris Farley Version (1997; Partially Recorded)
Film Threat’s Chris Gore has likened it to “The Elephant Man” meets “Mean Streets”. A bizarre, original idea by a relatively unknown young actor from the New York theater scene, James Lorinz yearned to bring the story of a mutated misfit’s struggle to get back on top, only to be halted by the shortsighted studio … Continue reading “Swirlee” (1990; Partially Filmed)
Long before Buzz Lightyear and Woody the Cowboy flew onto the movie screen in three dimensions “To Infinity and Beyond” in Disney/Pixar’s 1995 megahit “Toy Story”, and Canadian company Mainframe’s groundbreaking animated 1994 sci/fi adventure television series “Reboot” was giving computer generated images a regular fixture on weekdays, there was the eccentric multimillionaire founder of … Continue reading “The Works” (1978-1984; Partially Complete)
Over the years, many motion pictures during production have been plagued with difficulties. Some, so much so that they’ve been rumored to have been cursed. This is especially true of films that deal with dark supernatural forces, “The Exorcist”, “The Omen”, and the “Poltergeist” Trilogy, just to name a few. So it may come as … Continue reading “Atuk” (1971-1997; Unproduced)