Friday, November 26, 2010

5 animated films that were never finished

The Incal - collaborative effort of Alejandro Jodorowsky (famous mainly for his western of weirdness "El Topo", except films he is also working in comics) and Jean 'Moebius' Giraud.

The Treasure Under the Mountain
This is the prologue to a feature film that was never finished or released, based on Tolkien's "The Hobbit". This video dates from about 1994, and was made by Argus International. Some have speculated that maybe work was stopped because artists in Russia were just finding out about how copyright laws limited what they could make. In the USSR, artists could adapt anything they chose with no regard for copyright, especially in the 1980s when ideological restrictions were relaxed. Then suddenly the 1990s come around, and you're finding that the older ideological artistic restrictions are replaced by newer ones, except that this time you're not allowed to adapt any popular artistic creation within the last 100 years or so (because if it's popular, the upfront fees will be astronomical).

Richard Williams' animated masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler. Also known in butchered form as Arabian Knight and The Princess and the Cobbler.

Richard Williams was the animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit ...

Richard Williams' magnum opus, a painstakingly hand-animated epic inspired by the Arabian Nights and with the production title The Thief and the Cobbler, was begun in 1968 and was initially self-funded. As a largely non-verbal feature meant for an adult audience, The Thief was initially dismissed as unmarketable. After over twenty years of work, Williams had completed only twenty minutes of the film, and following the critical success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Williams sought and secured a production deal with Warner Bros. in 1990. However, the production went over deadline, and in 1992, with only 15 minutes left to complete, The Completion Bond Company, who had insured Warners' financing of the film, feared competition from the similarly themed Disney film Aladdin and seized the project from Williams in Camden, London. Completion Bond then had the animation completed in Korea under the direction of animator Fred Calvert. Calvert's product was released internationally in 1994 as The Princess and the Cobbler. Miramax then acquired rights to the project and extensively rewrote and reanimated the film to include continuous dialogue and to add several musical interludes. Miramax's product was released in 1995 under the title Arabian Knight. In 2006, a fan of William's work named Garrett Gilchrist released a bootleg DVD with a restored version of the movie he made himself, mixing the original audio track, finished scenes, low quality images, pencil tests, and even pieces of the storyboard.

Studio Ghibli's "Little Nemo" that never got more than this animated pitch pilot.
Winsor McCay and Hayao Miyazaki -it doesn't get more epic than this!

Siegrfeid based on Alex Alice's graphic novels... based on Wagne'r oprea... based on Norse mythology...

many thanks to all of the YouTube uploaders, make sure to check their channels out, there are tons of great stuff to be seen!

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