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From the creator of LILO & STITCH our first look at AMERICAN DOG!!!!

Published at: Aug. 16, 2004, 12:59 a.m. CST by staff

Hey folks, Harry here with the last of the Disney future animated films - this one from Chris Sanders, the super genius that thought up LILO & STITCH - the last truly inspired work from Disney.. and folks... from the looks of this one... it's pure magic! I'd go so far as to say.. this is the surest thing Disney has. At least for my personal tastes, a crazed dog, scary rabbit thing, gangsters and thugs, hot cars faster than speeding trains! And the design just looks fucking great. Wow... these three animated films have me a bit excited about Disney animation again. The sky must be falling...











































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  • Aug. 16, 2004, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Dogs that play poker are always funny

    by TimBenzedrine

    So I'm there.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Looks great.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Man, that painting of the poker game is beautiful. Is American animation learning something from the Triplets of Belleville, maybe? What great cartoon gangsters! In other news, Mary Gordon is an excellent novelist.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 2:16 a.m. CST

    What are the odds

    by ryLRci

    that Disney leaves in the smoking and guns? I'd expect a watered-down version, but it still looks amazing. Disney seems to be regaining their pride, despite the fact that Eisner's still stinkin' up the place. Oh, and thank you Harry for changing the logo. A week of puking after coming here was enough.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Oh Hell no.

    by Krahnos

    When are we going to grow up from overly cartoonized characters?Christ. I have sever reservations about this... whatever it is.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 4:32 a.m. CST

    I hope so

    by fokke

    I hope that 2D animation will be around for a hundred years more, cause 2D is art and 3D is just pretty to look at.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 12:25 p.m. CST

    uhm.... what?

    by jsm1978

    How is a movie about a dog, a rabbit, and a cat milking the concept of a movie about a family of superheroes?

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 3:57 p.m. CST

    "Lilo and Stitch" was a bore...

    by Mr. Waturi

    I love a kids movies... "Iron Giant" and "Monsters, Inc." being my favorites. I actually walked out of "Lilo and Stitch." It was cute without being funny, animated without being interesting. The concept was fine, but the movie just dragged. The stills from this movie look nice, though. Looks like the same artist that creates the comic book about the polar bear and kid.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 4:42 p.m. CST

    the design of this looks great. i'd go see it.

    by g_mo_d

    the best looking stuff ive seen from disney in years.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Smoking... gambling... drinking coffee...

    by Christopher3

    Quite a change from the usual Disney aesthetic. 'S a cute widdle dawg tho.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 5:42 p.m. CST

    who comes up with those retard titles?

    by Windowlicker74

    i thought we had enough after American Pie, Beauty, Gigolo, Psycho, Graffiti, Splendor, Ninja, Outlaws, History X, Idol, etc.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Congratulations Mr. Waturi...

    by cockknocker

    You win the the "most dickless criticism of the year" award.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 7:02 p.m. CST

    They should make "Dogs Playing Poker" the movie

    by Funmazer

    I've discussed this at length with a friend of mine. The trailer could be start as live action, panning around some 55-year old guy's rec room, blah blah talk talk, then it slowly pans up to a great big gaudy Dogs Playing Poker painting (possibly the one called "Poker Sympathy", the one with the dog falling out of the chair) And the audience will be thinking "Oh no... they CAN'T be serious..." Then once the painting takes up the entire frame it SPRINGS to life as a CGI film, with the dog finally falling back onto the floor and the others laughing. Cue: "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Then we meet the dogs, Ted Danson as the main bartender, Dolly Parton as the waitress dog, Hugh Grant as a stodgy British setter, Michael J Fox as the young "Hero" dog with a heart of gold and of course the evil henchmen of the ganster dogs "Twitch", an animal-testing lab escapee voiced by Steveo Buscemi. Anyway, it involves this bar that's run by humans but at night the dogs descend on it and play poker til the wee hours of the morning. Evil bankers (who also own the ganster dogs) are going to foreclose on the place and it's up to the rag-tag band of poker playing heros to save the day. It has to take place in the 1920's (shortly after the *classic* paintings were done) So it's Toy Story meets Dogs meets Every Animated Movie ever=BOX OFFICE GOLD! There ya go, Disney.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 9:25 p.m. CST

    cockknocker- Thanks for the award! What's your point?

    by Mr. Waturi

    Was my criticism not specific enough? I saw the movie once in a theater when it first came out. Sat through the first half and walked out. What I do remember was Stitch's escape from the alien ship was fun, but once he landed on earth the movie ground to a halt. I remember some lame surfing scene with the girl and the alien. The two villains that were chasing the alien show up and start watching him from behind trees. I left soon after. This is my second post today in this talkback. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go kill myself.

  • Aug. 16, 2004, 10:36 p.m. CST

    You know what, Funmazer

    by Human Worm Baby

    That is not such a bad idea. I could go see, but it would be more interesting if there were profanity, them being dogs and not obeying the same rules as humans.

  • Aug. 17, 2004, 1:33 a.m. CST

    The look.

    by Bachalon

    The reason the film has such a strong sense of visual flair is because Chris Sanders is the best artist to work for Disney since Eyvind Earle. I spent much of the second viewing of "L & S" gawking at the backgrounds. It's the same with "Sleeping Beauty". Absolutely amazing.