Kevin Jagernauth wrote:Moving along, and already rumored, another Wes Anderson movie joins the Criterion club with "Fantastic Mr. Fox" getting the wacky C sticker. Unlike 'Warmest,' the director's animated family movie is coming full loaded with all kinds of extras from almost every aspect of the production you can imagine, so fans should be happy with this one. And even if you already own the movie, it looks like Criterion's edition will have a few more bells and whistles.
Rodrigo Perez wrote:Wes Anderson’s Euro-flavored “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was his most successful film to date in every sense: the opulent opus grossed $174 million worldwide, his biggest financial success yet, and the film was so universally embraced by Hollywood it became that rare comedy that earned itself nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (it won four). For his next trick, Anderson is returning to the world of stop-motion animation, and like “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” it will center around animals, but this time it will be about dogs. Deeper details are being kept under wraps for now, but sources confirmed the animated project is Anderson’s next picture and that pre-production work has begun.
The irony of Anderson making a movie about dogs will not be lost on many: Anderson has maimed or harmed several dogs throughout the course of his career. “Well, I've killed dogs before in my work and it never goes over that lightly," he said at Cannes in 2012 when journalists noted he had killed another canine in “Moonrise Kingdom.” "In ['The Royal Tenenbaums'] we had a car run over [the dog] but you just saw the leash."
Of course, The New Yorker went as far as writing a humorous article in 2012 titled, “Does Wes Anderson Hate Dogs?” noting all the times a pooch was killed or injured in one of his films (there’s a mutt who is egregiously abused in ‘The Life Aquatic’ too, which Anderson spoke to us about here the same year). And in case, you’re wondering, no, Anderson doesn’t own a dog.
DAN CASEY wrote:Wes Anderson may not hate dogs as much as we originally thought. Though the delightfully twee filmmaker has a history of punishing pooches on screen, his next project has been confirmed to be a stop-motion animated feature film centering on a dog. Though we have known about this for a little while now, Indiewire first broke the news on Friday, and it has been spreading across the internet like wildfire. However, we have learned even more details about the forthcoming film from Jeff Goldblum, of all people.
As many Los Angeles residents know, America’s sweetheart Jeff Goldblum performs a weekly jazz show with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. During these shows, Goldblum hams it up with the crowd, answering questions and joking around with the audience in between playing classic jazz standards. During a recent performance attended by members of the Nerdist editorial staff, Goldblum was asked when he would next be collaborating with Wes Anderson.
In his signature cadence, Goldblum happily revealed to the crowd of one hundred-plus people that he would, in fact, be starring in Anderson’s stop-motion animated dog flick. What’s more, he will be starring alongside Bob Balaban, Edward Norton, and Bryan Cranston, and they will be playing a pack of dogs.
Goldblum also mentioned that the film would be “Japanese-inspired,” but did not give any further details as to what that might entail. The film is still in pre-production so some things may still be subject to change, but this Page Six report of Cranston, Norton, Anderson, and Bill Murray dining together at Cookshop in New York adds further credence to Goldblum’s words.
At last year’s Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, Anderson revealed that he was working on a film influenced by Italian filmmaker Vittorio De Sica’s The Gold of Naples. The film, which Anderson presented at the festival, is divided into a series of narrative vignettes. According to Indiewire’s report, though, this project is entirely separate from the stop-motion animated dog film and is still in development.
Though he has filmed several animated commercials in the interceding years, this marks Anderson’s first return to stop-motion animated feature films since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. As Slashfilm reports, during a 2009 interview with Nashville Scene, Anderson expressed doubts over whether or not he would return to the world of animation:“With live action, you have an immediacy. With an animated film, you can’t predict accidents and surprises. With a movie like this, when it’s actually being animated, as carefully as you prepare the shot and all the details, frame by frame, every animator comes up with a different interpretation. Their personalities, interests and strengths come through. You never quite know what it’s going to be. The feeling of being in control but nervous and excited about the unknown is the same.“
Based on how much I enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox, I am glad that he is taking the plunge into the swirling eddy of uncertainty that is stop-motion animation. Now, if we can just get Bill Murray on board, we’ll really be cooking with gas.
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