Disney arrived in Hall H at Comic-Con coming off some disappointing films. John Carter? Blah. Alice in Wonderland? Terrible. Prom? Come on, now.
So this was an important event for Disney. They needed some good feelings for their film studio, and it looks like they delivered. They started off showing Frankenweenie with Tim Burton.
The director showed off two clips from the film. The first clip was a humorous take on a science class in which teacher and students are discussing getting electrocuted by lightning and how rare it is. The film showed off a humor and style that reminded me of class Burton movies like Edward Scissorhsnds rather than recent fare like Dark Shadows. And yes, the stuff looked better than the trailers that have been shown.
The second clip was a look at the monster variety, as the movie is an ode to not only Burton’s childhood but his love for humor, claymation and horror. If people bite on a black and white stop motion film then Disney could have a hit on their hands.
Then they showed off Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and the Powerful, with special guests Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. The footage they showed off was pretty much the first trailer. It starts off black and white and shows the wizard as a selfish magician in Kansas, until he gets in an air balloon that’s whisked away in a tornado and transported to the land of Oz. Don’t worry though, once he is in Oz the film goes to full color – and it looks breathtaking. You can tell some of the members of Alice in Wonderland helped craft the look of this movie, except that it doesn’t look as bad.
Raimi confirmed that the film is largely based on the book with a heavy nod to the film. That, however, means that no red slippers, no Tin Man and no on someoff the other famous characters from the first film. This is the journey of the wizard and how he started and got to where he is in that 1939 classic Wizard of Oz film.
Disney followed that up with Wreck-It Ralph, which showed off the various interactions of real and made up video game characters. The most impressive thing is the transitions, as it goes from the various art style of the game he’s in to a more universal CG style. For instance, the bad anon scene in the trailer is CG, to transition out they switch to Pac Man art style then back to CG. It’s real smart and will make game fans happy.
Director Rich Moore also said that they got the licensing by plain old hard work, although they tried and failed to get Mario. Whoops. They also announced that Skrillex would score the Hero’s Dury portion of the film.
Finally, Disney gave everyone a huge surprise when they showed off the footage for The Lone Ranger. It sure does look like a $200 million movie, but it also looks damn good. If you can imagine a western and more serious version ofPirates of the Caribbean it’s basically that.
Stay tuned to Swiftfilm for more detailed coverage from Comic Con 2012.