The latest happenings at DreamWorks Animation was the topic of discussion at the company’s panel this morning at San Diego Comic-Con. Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke led the talk, which kicked off with a clip reel featuring the studio’s hits like Madagascar, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon, plus the upcoming Rise of the Guardians. But the highlight of the reel was the glimpse we got at The Croods, next year’s caveman family film.
James Baxter, The Croods’ supervising animator, Madagascar 3 director Tom McGrath and Rise of the Guardians production designer Patrick Hanenberger were also on hand for the chat, where they described The Croods as the story of a family that never leaves their cave, but are finally forced to explore the outside world and must confront change for the first time.
The question of where the team’s story ideas come from was raised. In the case of The Croods, the filmmakers initially wanted to do a film about a family. Then, they were like, “What if we do the very first family?” As the idea evolved, it became about how hard it would be for a caveman father to protect his family in a world that is literally changing around them.
In the case of Guardians, the film came from a book by William Joyce. He got the initial idea when he was asked by his daughter, “Dad, does the Easter Bunny know Santa Claus?” Well, of course he does!
Hanenberger explained that his job is to “bring the story to life with visuals.” So on Guardians, they wanted to ground the characters in the real world. They looked to real locations, giving Santa a Russian feel, for example. “We wanted to design them so that everyone understands where they came from and what they do,” the production designer said. “We wanted to present them as bad-ass warriors.” The idea was to move away from the chubby, “slightly drunk Santa” we all know and create a “Cossacks warrior.” Bad-assery trait number one: Only he can control his reindeer, who are so powerful they would rip anyone else’s arms off.
Baxter spoke of animating The Croods, and how he and his team must find a balance as to how much they want to “artistically incorporate the voice actors” in their films. Emma Stone plays the daughter in the film, and Baxter said that Stone is so animated when she performs her lines in the recording booth that they decided to incorporate some of her physicality into the character. “Working as an animator is like being a performer but only in slow motion,” he joked. “Like a closet actor.”
The whole movie is like a road trip, they explained, as the family has to go out and find a new cave. Along the way, they meet a guy — named Guy! (and voiced by Ryan Reynolds) — who is different from anyone they’ve ever met. He has ideas. He teaches them that they don’t have to be afraid. Also, the film takes place in a “previously undiscovered time period” that the DreamWorks guys call “evolution’s puberty” where a lot of the animals and creatures are mash-ups and mixtures of various real-life beasts. Oh, and the film will also feature a 2D, hand-drawn sequence.
And finally, the team revealed that they currently have 10 movies in production and another eight or nine in development right now.
When you’re hot, you’re hot. There aren’t many other ways to put it. Whether it’s surface-level looks or overall body of work, the hottest women of 2012 have impressed us thoroughly. This year we’ve been treated to everything a guy could every ask for: eye-popping GIFs, viral videos, titillating photo spreads, box office smashes, and No. 1 hits. And we’re only halfway through the year.
Before we get ahead of ourselves and start looking forward to things that have yet to arrive, we’d like to point out the women who’ve made this year amazing already. From pop stars and actresses to rising icons, competition for the top spot is stiff, but we’ve narrowed it down to The 25 Hottest Women of 2012 (So Far). Enjoy.
#15 – Emma Stone
Everyone thinks Emma Stone is awesome. That’s not up for the debate. Hell, MTV even made up an award (The Trailblazer Award) just to showcase how great she is. On top of that, they recruited everyone from Oscar winner Octavia Spencer to comedic icon Steve Carell to sing her praises in a tribute video aired during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
But her most recent display of greatness? Elevating The Amazing Spider-Man from being an unnecessary comic book movie just by batting an eyelash at Andrew Garfield.
Check out the brand new trailer for “Gangster Squad” below! The film opens September 7, 2012.
Its being reported that Emma Stone will be featured on the cover of the September 2012 issue of “Interview” magazine! We’ll post the cover image once its released!
Emma Stone has been nominated at the 2012 Do Something Awards! She’s nominated for the “DO SOMETHING Movie Star” award – you can vote for Emma at vh1.com/shows/events/do_something_awards/2012/movie-star-female/!
The awards will take place on Sunday, August 19th and premiere Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 9/8c on VH1.
Emma Stone has credited Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb with bringing “humanity” to the movie.
The actress said she was convinced Webb was the perfect choice to helm the Marvel superhero epic after seeing his previous film (500) Days of Summer.
“I think that Marc clearly… I mean, for (500) Days of Summer you can tell that Marc cares about love and he cares about humanity. And that was incredibly important for this movie, for The Amazing Spider-Man,” Stone said, reports Flicks and Bits.
She further explained: “He prioritised the relationships just as much as the action. I know he had a million voices in his ear because a movie like this there’s a lot of opinions all the time on everything, and he would come in on Sundays to work on the scenes with us and break them down and build them all the way back up until we had the same scene that was written on the page but we had analysed it to death.
“He was incredibly, incredibly kind and willing to work on that relationship. For my experience, I was very grateful that he came from that background.”
Stone also recently lavished praise on co-star Andrew Garfield when she compared him to legendary star Meryl Streep.
The Amazing Spider-Man is now playing in US and UK cinemas.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield were featured on the Spanish talk show “El Hormiguero” tonight. You can now check out 23 HQ images from their appearance in our photo gallery!
EDIT: Added an additional 115 HQ and MQ images from the show for a total of 138 pictures!
Emma Stone Photo Gallery > Television > Talk Shows & Interviews > El Hormiguero – July 5, 2012
Emma Stone graces the cover of the August 2012 issue of “Vogue” in the UK! Its a brand new photo shoot and Emma looks stunning – check out the cover below!