Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First CGI test for "Where The Wild Things Are"

I'm pretty stoked about the new, Spike Jonze helmed, "Where The Wild Things Are" movie that's about to come out. But apparently, this isn't the first attempt to turn the classic childrens book into a movie. The clip below shows an original animation test from 1983 when Disney had the rights to the film. Animators John Lasseter and Glen Keane were trying something totally new (at the time) when they tried to combine hand drawn animation with computer animation. Disney didn't approve of the idea citing that it would cost too much so this clip never saw the light of day. 

Legend has it that Mr. Lasseter was fired from Disney for trying to start the CGI animation revolution. Apparently Disney was too scared of job losses for their veteran sketch artist staff who sketched some of Disney's classic characters for decades. But Lasseter never gave up. He would go on to make "Toy Story" and co-founded Pixar. He is now Chief Creative officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. How the tables turn.

Anyway, here's the screen test from 1983 which I found through

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