Monsters vs. Aliens to be first true 3D animated film (updated)

From Bee Movie to B-movies: USA Today has an article about Dreamworks’ upcoming ’50s sci-fi B-movie riff, Monsters vs. Aliens, with our first look at the film (see right, or click over to the article for a larger look), and it’s impressive — much more visually distinctive than the Shrek films. Between this and Kung Fu Panda (which I think looks like a lot of fun), I’m rather hopeful that Dreamworks’ CGI animation studio might actually start releasing movies worth seeing (God knows Shrek the Third and Bee Movie weren’t).

Monsters vs. Aliens, which was based (loosely, it seems) on the obscure comic book Rex Havoc and the Ass-Kickers of the Fantastic which ran from 1984–1994 without me ever hearing about it, features the "Monster" voices of Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a.k.a. Ginormica the 49 feet, 11 1/2 inch tall woman; Hugh Laurie (House) as Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; Seth Rogen as the jellied B.O.B.; and Will Arnett as the gravelly-voiced "half-ape, half-fish" Missing Link. The film co-stars Rainn Wilson (Juno, The Office) as the evil alien Gallaxhar, Kiefer Sutherland as General W. R. Monger and Stephen Colbert as the President — all terrific stereotypecasting, in my opinion.

Also of interest in the article is the news that all of Dreamworks’ future CGI animated films will be released in 3D — and rendered directly into 3D, not dimensionalized from the final 2D film as with every earlier 3D animated film. The process, which will add approximately $15 million to the budget (and result in higher ticket prices, of course), should result in the most convincing looking 3D animated film to date, because the depth of the entire frame should reflect exactly the depth that the animator built it at in the computer. As Jeffrey Katzenberg explained to ShoWest exhibitors in Las Vegas Tuesday, "Until now, almost all the 3-D movies released have been movies that been made in 2-D and then postproduced in 3-D. And as good as they have been, they are actually nothing compared to what can be done when movies are made from the beginning in 3-D."

Monsters vs. Aliens will attack your local multiplex on March 27, 2009.

Update: Coming Soon has added an article with a bit more about this new 3D process/workflow, as well as both Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. The description of Monsters vs. Aliens includes references to Close Enounters, ET, Star Trek and "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop… so they’re keeping up with the pop culture reference quota from Shrek, but at least most of them are genre-appropriate. It could still be fun.

Update (3/12/08): Updated article to include a more interesting quote from Katzenberg, from the Hollywood Reporter article.

Updated (3/18/08): An official website for Monsters vs. Aliens has gone online.

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Posted on March 11, 2008 at 11:14 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by alexander
    on 2008-03-11 at 12:41

    I didn’t see Bee movie but is there any quote by Einstein in it?

    If not, here it is:
    “ If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only 4 years of life left.”

    This sounds surreal but…Science, science, science

    To get more information, here’s a link very easy to understand.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-03-14 at 00:49

    I don’t think that quote is in there… but that does factor into the plot in several ways. hm

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