Friday 25 January 2013

Chris Sanders Shares New Storyboards from The Croods

Chris Sanders, director (alongside Space Chimps' Kirk DeMicco) of DreamWorks' next feature film, The Croods, has released some cool storyboards from the caveman-comedy film, due out on 22nd March.

Sanders, who previously co-directed Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon, recently posted three batches of early storyboard work for The Croods, showing off some of the film's fantastical pre-historic animals, including one Sanders calls a Macawnivore (below) - halfway between a Macaw and a Saber-Toothed Tiger. Check out those adorable and funny boards here.

The director then showed off two batches of storyboards that didn't make it into the finished film - which is almost finished, in the post, the director, who was originally in charge of Disney's Bolt (then called American Dog), said "As I write this I am at Skywalker Sound in the Kurosawa stage where we are working on the final sound mix". Check out an introduction to the first batch below, followed by the boards, in animatic form - full post here.

"This morning I am publishing some deleted story panels from the movie. I have a big box of them – I’m still in the dark ages when it comes to boarding which means all of my panels are still on paper rather than in a computer file. This is a little series where Grug, the caveman father is getting ready for an early morning hunt with his son, Thunk. On the outskirts of their hunting grounds there used to be a massive menu, which I imagined had been there for generations. With only two items, it isn’t really much of a choice. After picking what they’ll be trying to find, Grug leads Thunk over to another rock. This one depicts all the things that they need to steer clear of – all the things that can kill them. There are more things in the Crood world that can hurt you than can feed you. Pretty much everything on that rock is in the movie, with the exception of the exploding cactus on the upper right of the painting.

I really miss the exploding cactus.

Then Grug and Thunk move on to choosing their hunting tools, which consist of either a stick or a rock – the idea behind all of this was to show how spare their caveman lives are. Grug and Thunk do a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who gets what, but since there is still no Paper or Scissors, they each choose Rock and their match ends in a draw. So in the end, Grug flips Thunk like a coin.

The only bit of this that survived was the coin toss, which is still in the film. Only instead of flipping his son, Grug flips his mother-in-law."

The second batch of storyboards comes from the same sequence and features the female lead, Eep (voiced by Emma Stone). The intro and animatic are below - full post here.

"In the opening minutes of The Croods we need to get an idea of what life is like for our caveman family. In early development days we had the men out hunting and the women gathering. This didn’t mean that the women had things any easier than the men. This was a little sequence where Eep is picking berries. The plan here was to have Eep doing battle with an extremely aggressive flytrap-ish botanical. Eep likes this sort of stuff, she’s probably the most aggressive and certainly the most fearless of the Crood family."

The Croods also features the voices of Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds and is DreamWorks' first animated release under their new distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.

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