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Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ in Limbo – Selick & Co. seeking investors for ‘The Shadow King’

February 7, 2013

‘You all’ maybe already heard of these news soundbytes. SMW news is belatedly posting this, as ‘real life’ in these uncertain times has been a distraction for the senior editor (me) and hence, interfering with my indulgence into the fun stuff … but I digress.

About a week ago, rumor mill saying Guillermo del Toro’s stop motion Pinocchio feature project has been shelved, or maybe sort-of, kind-of temporarily put on hold? Typical ‘Hollywood’ which thrives on vaporous hot air ;) ….

Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion Pinocchio movie looks to be shelved

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio Not Going To Happen But Little Jordan Ray’s Muddy Spud Might – UPDATED

Did ‘Frankenweenie’ Kill Guillermo del Toro’s Stop-Mo “Pinocchio” Project? [UPDATED]

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Then you have Henry Selick’s stop motion feature project that was in production but Disney back in August 2012 with it’s iron fisted powers, canned (halted) the project. Finally the name of the project is revealed, titled, The Shadow King. It looks like a sales marketer company is going to attempt to pitch the production to potential investors. Also finally  revealed, a Photo-poster of  The Shadow King which you’ll see in the links below ….

Henry Selick seeks new backing for animated film dropped by Disney

First Look At Henry Selick’s Newly Revived ‘The Shadow King’

Is Henry Selick’s Stop-Motion ‘The Shadow King’ Back on the Throne?

I do not have much to say or comment about except for:  Whatever happened to Cinderbiter Studios in San Francisco? I assumed it shut-down. If  a new Suit/Studio comes in to fund ‘The Shadow King’, will the same studio continue at its location or will they undergo another tedious process of ramping-up & setting-up  another studio?  

And while I am at …. one more thing! Just in general … the movie business side operates at SLOW arse snail’s pace. I have patience for doing hands-on Stop Motion but NO patience at the tedious lengthy slowness of these projects. Many of us will be pushing up daisies, IF these movie projects ever get completed!  Again, I’m commenting in general about the front office business side and its bureaucratic (& also egos) production process. Look, even a small independent films like Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage … When will Sinbad be released? We are WAITING! Whoops … I digress again :P

Topics: Films - Shorts - Animation, Puppet Animation, Stop Motion | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “Del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’ in Limbo – Selick & Co. seeking investors for ‘The Shadow King’”

  1. sasquatch says:

    Yep, seems to be a double standard…
    But, why continually play into their hands?
    We stop mo’s seem to want to make films for ourselves.
    Now in my case; it’s probably o.k. ’cause I’m not playing with anyone else’s money(yet)or expecting to compete with Blockbusters.
    If you ARE playing in that league; GET A CLUE!

  2. sasquatch says:

    Yep, seems to be a double standard…
    But, why continually play into their hands.
    We stop mo’s seem to want to make films for ourselves.
    Now in my case; it’s probably o.k. ’cause I’m not playing with anyone else’s money(yet)or expecting to compete with Blockbusters.
    If you are playing in that league; GET A CLUE!

  3. LIO’s Nephew™ says:

    Uncle LIO™ also commented in past about black & white Frankenweenie and agrees with Sasquatch. Today’s mass ‘generic’ audience do not give a rat’s arse about the ‘artistic subtleties & nuances’ of cinematography styles & methods. When there are a few stop motion box office supposed failures, the bean counter obssessed & myopic ’suits/studios’ unfairly ‘brand & blame’ the entire technique. Different standards applied to Stop Motion … discrimination?!?

  4. sasquatch says:

    TRUE…I’ve got one going right now…
    once I make the hurdles of learning Final Cut Pro/green screen etc… we will really be in contention.
    1/3 of the live action is already done (sans some compositiong , sweetening, ADR etc…AHHHHHHH!!!!)…
    What was Lio sayng about a snails ar….?

  5. Peter A. Montgomery says:

    Sinbad’s the way to go. Too many cartoon style stop-mo films about, meanwhile all the serious FX are CGI. It’s degrading to stop-motion to be placed only in the realms of unrealistic formats. In the next few years, your going to see some astonishing movies using stop-motion as a serious vehicle for creating fantastic creature FX. Period! Further more. Don’t look to Hollywood mainstream for it. It’s all happening Indie.

  6. sasquatch says:

    If you noticed in some of the comments about Frankenweenie’s box office #’s, it seems that my fears and warnings about it being released in B&W being a huge mistake have been validated.
    I think it woulda done twice the bizness if in color.
    Really stupid.
    You can’t try to appeal to art house types and kids who are raised on “Toys” and “Monsters Inc” at the same time.
    Also it’s true(as some commented)that too many stop motion films seem to be based in a creepy, dark, macabre neighborhood.
    Lighten it up a taste, yo! Do something like “the Incredibles” and you’d have something!
    What about a stop motion Jonny Quest done for real?!
    Look at what was done on NO budget with that intro piece by Roger Evans…duh.

  7. Ron Cole says:

    Can there really be only ONE form of ‘acceptable’ animation for all future audiences? In the age of ‘diversity’…. really?

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