On The New ‘Beowulf’ Movie

     There’s an interesting discussion taking place here about the new ‘Beowulf’ flick, and whether or not it qualifies as ‘animation’.  Apparently, director Robert Zemeckis did a lot of motion capture, and then had all the actors CGI’ed to look exactly like themselves, which makes no sense whatever to me, except that it meant Zemeckis didn’t actually have to DIRECT anyone after they recorded their lines.

The general consensus over at Cartoon Brew seems to be that what was done on ‘Beowulf’ isn’t animation, and I agree.  It’s not; there’s far too much CGI for it to be “mere” animation.  I think they’ll have to come up with a new category for these things.

Also: I’ve seen the story of ‘Beowulf’, as filmed.  The comicbook adaptation is already being sold in bookstores.  Making a movie of the oldest written story in English (not the oldest written story, and maybe not even the oldest novel) means there’s no pesky copyright, and no pesky screenwriter to drag your name and sex/drug habits into the streets when you make a change to his/her prose.  Those who have read the original know that after what we would see as the denouement, the story keeps going for a while and then just kinda peters out.  This version adds a neat, but somewhat Hollywood twist to the end that will at least make it interesting to watch.

Normally, this would be the point at which I’d wish for a similarly-made film with furries in it, but considering how much of what comes from Hollywood these days is crap, that wish is hereby rescinded.  I would wish now for some independent folks with access to googobs of computing power to whip up something worth looking at, not just because it’s full of ZOMGCGISFX00RZ!!, and not just because it has furries in it, but because it’s actually a GOOD MOVIE.

Aaaah, I can dream, can’t I?

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One Response to “On The New ‘Beowulf’ Movie”

  1. Actually, the characters don’t all look just like the actors. Beowulf is considerably more buff than Ray Winstone, a move that is obvious to Ray Winstone fans like me and has caused some controversy. Can’t remember where I read about it for a reference, unfortunately, but it was probably on Screengrab.

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