Trailer Watch: Tales of the Black Freighter

A trailer for the Tales of the Black Freighter short is out, courtesy MTV, and I’m still as perplexed now about the decision to go with this sort of anime style as when they first announced it. Why not something at least vaguely inspired by Dave Gibbons’ drawing style? (It does look like they’re sticking to John Higgins’ colors, which was pretty much a given, since they’re using it throughout the live-action film, as well.)

The character design isn’t the problem, though. The problem is that the animation isn’t terribly smooth. This looks on par with DC’s straight-to-DVD offerings like New Frontier or Superman: Doomsday, which is about half a step up from Saturday morning cartoon animation and several steps down from feature film animation. Since the short will be edited into the movie at some point down the road, I would have expected the same sort of big-budget treatment that the main storyline is getting — but, well, apparently not.

Tales of the Black Freighter will premiere on DVD on March 11, five days after Watchmen‘s theatrical debut.

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Posted on February 13, 2009 at 09:51 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
In: Trailers

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  1. Written by MO
    on 2009-02-13 at 16:07

    Well, this does look rather … cheap.

  2. Written by flathaed
    on 2009-02-14 at 02:10

    Well it would have been nice to check out the trailer, but apparently mtv does not want people out side the U.S. to view it.

  3. Written by MO
    on 2009-02-14 at 11:48

    I’m outside the US too, but didn’t encounter any problems watching it, flathaed.

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2009-02-15 at 19:20

    Here’s a link from YouTube, although it will PROBABLY get taken down sooner or later, for copyright infringement:

  5. Written by Lincoln
    on 2009-03-08 at 10:51

    I thought this wasn’t coming out til March 24th? But yeah, it looks strictly…eh.

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