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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   ChrisMatson

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Posted November 12 2003 - 05:33 AM

Here is a link to the official site with a teaser trailer:

http://www.apple.com..._polar_express/

I won't spoil the surprise, just click it!
Looks promising to me.

#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Felipe S

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Posted November 12 2003 - 07:08 AM

hehe, that actually looks like Tom Hanks Posted Image

#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted November 12 2003 - 07:12 AM

I don't know. Computer-generated people just give me the creeps. I don't think I could watch a full-length movie with animated "real" people.
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#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted November 12 2003 - 07:25 AM

oh WOW!

It seems clear to me after seeing that trailer (I watched it twice, I love how the steam escapes the radiator like awhistle on a train!) that WB will have the two top Grossing films of the year. The only question is, will Harry Potter or Polar Express be bigger?

edit: I forgot about The Incredibles, but I wouldn't be surprised if both grossed similar amounts (ie 280mil plus), it's too bad both are scheduled for November, but I imagine one will take the first week and another will take thanksgiving

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#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted November 12 2003 - 07:31 AM

Is this based on the children's book? When I was in 3rd grade, I loved all the books that the author of this one did (he also did Jumanji). Wonderful pictures in those books.

#6 of 34 OFFLINE   TyC

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Posted November 12 2003 - 07:34 AM

Another film tries to imitate a favorite book from childhood. Posted Image
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#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Jason Harbaugh

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Posted November 12 2003 - 09:41 AM

Wow, they finally figured out that you have to animate natural human quirks/ticks to make them not only look realistic but move realistic. Looks like this could be an incredible movie. I like that the Incredibles is taking a more cartoonish/stylistic approach to the humans since they are both coming out at the same time. Adds variety.

#8 of 34 OFFLINE   JasonB

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Posted November 12 2003 - 12:59 PM

The trailer looks VERY impressive!

#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Chris Purvis

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Posted November 13 2003 - 04:01 AM

This is another book that to me seems pretty hard to stretch into a feature length movie - the book has very little text and it's about a 5 minute story to read.

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Posted November 13 2003 - 04:52 AM

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Wow, they finally figured out that you have to animate natural human quirks/ticks to make them not only look realistic but move realistic.

I believe this was done like Waking Life -- animated from actual source footage.
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#11 of 34 OFFLINE   Rob Lutter

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Posted November 13 2003 - 04:57 AM

I guess this will make Tom Hanks the undisputed champion of CGI acting Posted Image

#12 of 34 OFFLINE   BrianShort

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Posted November 13 2003 - 08:00 AM

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This is another book that to me seems pretty hard to stretch into a feature length movie - the book has very little text and it's about a 5 minute story to read.

I stopped by the library today and read the whole book on my morning break. You're right, it took all of 5 minutes. Even if you just took the book and made a fairly literal translation (no extra dialogue, just what's there + narration, animation based on individual illustrations in the book), I can't see the movie being much longer than 15 minutes or so.
I'll be very interested to see how they stretch this out into something 80-90 minutes long.
One thing I was struck by as I was looking through the book is how well the CGI animation matches what is in the first few pages of the book.

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#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted November 13 2003 - 08:15 AM

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One thing I was struck by as I was looking through the book is how well the CGI animation matches what is in the first few pages of the book.
That's it exactly. This doesn't like CG per say. It feels like animated paintings, done in the style of the book.

I liked it.

#14 of 34 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted November 13 2003 - 12:32 PM

Let's hope it does better than the all computer generated movie Final Fantasy.

#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted November 13 2003 - 01:08 PM

The thing I liked about Ice Age so much was that the visual style was very offbeat, more like it was hand-drawn instead of CGI. This movie looks to be the same thing in the opposite way; it looks like art, but not CGI.

#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Charles Coates

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Posted November 13 2003 - 05:40 PM

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I believe this was done like Waking Life -- animated from actual source footage.



WAKING LIFE was not animated... they just digitally painted over each frame of live action footage.

Animation is creating an inanimate object, weather it be on paper, or in a 3d program, and animating it by "hand"

Oh.. and all the CG in POLAR EXPRESS looks great.. exept the humans. I also don't believe they can take a book that short, and stretch it into a feature film.. but we'll see!

#17 of 34 OFFLINE   Steve Felix

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Posted November 13 2003 - 05:52 PM

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WAKING LIFE was not animated... they just digitally painted over each frame of live action footage. Animation is creating an inanimate object, weather it be on paper, or in a 3d program, and animating it by "hand"

Then this isn't animated either, because they're shooting digital video with motion capture sensors on the actors.
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#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Aaron Garman

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Posted November 13 2003 - 06:16 PM

I remember this book as a kid and how cool it was. Now, years later, I'm excited for a film based on this book. I loved the visuals in the trailer, so I'm hoping the movie is just the same.

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#19 of 34 OFFLINE   Adam_S

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Posted November 13 2003 - 06:34 PM

that's funny I remember this as being the longest 'picture' book ever to read, I think it would take my mom and I nearly thirty to fortyfive minutes to go through it. Of course we were drinking in the glorious art work. We actually have two hardcovers of this, because our first is worn out and my mom bought a new one last year. Posted Image
 

#20 of 34 OFFLINE   Charles Coates

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Posted November 13 2003 - 07:37 PM

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Then this isn't animated either, because they're shooting digital video with motion capture sensors on the actors


Really? I guess thats why the humans look so freaky. I really hope they put some naimation in them, or else it will be FINAL FANTASY all over again!


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