Sunday, 4 August 2013

Art Story: An Amazing Concept that can become an Amazing film with your Help!

Walt being pulled into a painting! (concept painting)
Concept art from the film.
Kickstarter seems to be a very successful way to get your projects funded. Most recently, the Veronica Mars movie is now in development thanks to this crow-funding system. Is a great way to get audiences involved in projects that big studios are not interested in developing. Now, a very particular project needs your help to be developed and if you're an animation fan, you will want to help.

Walt and Grandpa argue in Hooper's "Nighthawks" (concept art)

Art Story is the brainchild of veteran animators Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams who have worked for over 20 years at Disney Animation Studios (in beloved films including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and respectively co-directing and producing Brother Bear) and they are presenting a unique premise that, if fully funded can become a spectacular film. Art Story is a blend of animation and the art of classic paintings. It tells the story of Walt, a focused, control freak boy and his eccentric grandfather who get stuck in an infinite world of classic paintings by famous painters like Van Gogh, Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Da Vinci and more. They'll have to find a way to return to the real world but also to stop a villain from escaping the 'painting world' and coming to ours. All these while also working on their relationship. The directors promise a film full of fun, great animation that will blend with the style of each painting and emotional characters that will surely provide top-notch entertainment for the whole family.

Grandpa and Walt sneak by Degas's strict dance instructor (concept painting)

I think the whole concept is brilliant and, nowadays, that we animation lovers complain about the lack of 'original' stories', I think is very important that we take action and help these guys develop this amazing concept. For more great artwork, details on the film and how to contribute go here. Is as easy as giving $1 and the more people to do it, the more close we are to seeing this great original film in theaters.

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