1. Visit this thread for your chance to win a selection of Lionsgate action films on UV!
    Dismiss Notice

Animated "Ben Hur" Due This Holiday Season

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Peter Kline, Jun 13, 2002.

  1. Peter Kline

    Peter Kline Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 1999
    Messages:
    2,393
    Likes Received:
    0
  2. Frank Anderson

    Frank Anderson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 1999
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    0
    Check your link. It takes me to an area where I need to sign in. Nothing about Ben Hur.
     
  3. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2002
    Messages:
    7,626
    Likes Received:
    1
    Frank

    here is the full article

    HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Charlton Heston will reprise his role of ``Ben-Hur'' for an upcoming remake of the movie.

    But instead of the months of work he put in on the first one in 1959, his role this time required only a couple days in a recording studio and no elaborate makeup or costuming.

    That's because the 77-year-old actor is starring in an animated version of the story, a feature-length video premiere movie tentatively set to be released in September or October by GoodTimes Home Entertainment.

    ``You don't often get a chance to do the same thing twice,'' said Heston, who also appeared in last year's remake of another of his most famous films, ``Planet of the Apes.''

    The ``Ben-Hur'' cartoon was put together by Agamemnon Films, run by Heston's son Fraser, and John Stronach. William R. Kowalchuk, who produced and directed the computer-animated ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys,'' will perform the same tasks on ``Ben Hur.''

    Heston Sr. also introduces the film in a live-action video recording before the animated Ben-Hur appears looking like ``the archetypal Charlton Heston,'' according to his son. Heston also narrates the film, but this is no one-man show: the film has more than 100 speaking parts.

    Although at 97 minutes the cartoon is about two hours shorter than the 1959 edition, Fraser Heston said the all-new script, supervised by Jerome Gary and written by newcomer Avi Estrin, is the most faithful adaptation of Lew Wallace's novel and omits little of significance from the 1959 epic.

    One thing that is left out is the birth of Jesus, but a scene is added in the Garden of Gethsemane. Unlike other Biblically themed animated features such as ``The Prince of Egypt'' or ``Joseph: King of Dreams,'' ``Ben-Hur'' is not a musical. It also has no comic relief characters.

    Although there was an intentional effort to downplay some of the Biblical elements included in the 1959 edition, Fraser Heston said, ``It's foolish to deny there is a large Christian audience. But the message of faith and love and forgiveness is one that anyone of any faith should relate to.''
     
  4. Peter Kline

    Peter Kline Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 1999
    Messages:
    2,393
    Likes Received:
    0
    Frank, the link is correct. You need to register with the NY Times to see it. it's free. I did not post the complete article because I have been told not to do so before.
     
  5. Eric F

    Eric F Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 1999
    Messages:
    1,810
    Likes Received:
    0
    If it's essentially the same movie why bother? I guess they're doing to appeal to children?
     
  6. Adam Lenhardt

    Adam Lenhardt Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2001
    Messages:
    17,320
    Likes Received:
    1,921
    Location:
    Albany, NY
    Nice to see they've de-christianized it[​IMG]. So all faiths can relate... Bah, the themes it was pushing were already universal. I guess using Christian characters automatically alienated all other faiths?
     
  7. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,541
    Likes Received:
    170
    Location:
    Georgia (the state)
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart
    Thank you.

    One more reason to love the 1925 and 1959 versions more!
     

Share This Page