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Bento Ramone checks out an early screening of ENCHANTED! A new Stop Motion Disney Film coming for Tim Burton or Henry Selick?

Hey folks, Harry here - Bento Ramone attended an advance screening of ENCHANTED being presented by Dick Cook of Walt Disney pictures. Bento enjoyed the film, but the most interesting part of Bento's piece is the reporting that in the next month or so - Walt Disney Pictures will be announcing a new Stop-Motion Animated film directed by the man behind the majority of Stop-Motion animated films of the last decade... sounds like Burton may be helming a stop-motion flick?!?!?! It could also be Henry Selick, but I thought Henry has his position at the used to be Will Vinton Studios aka LAIKA STUDIOS. Who will it be? We'll have to see!

Harry, This is my first time sending anything in to this site, but it's certainly not my first time on the site. I am currently a First Year film student at the North Carolina School of the Arts, but Ain't It Cool has been bookmarked for me since middle school. Tonight we had a special advanced screening of Disney's "Enchanted" hosted by Dick Cook, the Chairman of Walt Disney Pictures. I was raised on Disney story-telling. I think, in a way, we all were. It is an honest bridge of generations. Snow White was there for our grandparents, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, Winnie the Pooh and countless other classics were there for our parents, and I was born into the Renaissance of The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. With that in mind, Enchanted bridges the gap to a new generation. Using the same 2D animation that gave birth to Snow White, the movie begins. Eventually it transitions into our modern world, a sort of metaphor for this bridge of generations. I do not want to deal with spoilers, because I usually try to avoid them myself. I will say that their are some things that work beautifully in this movie, and some things that just do not. But the overall result is a huge success for Disney in going back to its golden days of timeless classic story-telling. If you go into this with the same heart and the same mind that you would have gone in to see something like Cinderella or Snow White, you will find yourself enjoying at least something in this picture. I'll just call this a step in the right direction for Disney. In the following Q & A, Cook mentioned a few projects that Disney has lined up down the road. When questioned about the future of animation for the studio, Cook said that Disney will have a little of everything on its upcoming slate. A new 2D piece called "The Princess and the Frog" is in the works. The most intriguing bit of info that Cook let slip was in regards to a future stop-motion animation project. When prodded, Cook hesitated to answer. He tried to hint his way out of the question, but in a Film School, or just in general with an audience who has a passion for cinema, what he was hinting at was crystal clear and garnered quite a round of applause. He said that the project would be helmed by the creative mastermind behind the majority of stop-motion pictures in the last decade. Our Dean looked at him slyly and asked, "This guy has never worked with Danny Elfman before has he?" Cook said that the details of the stop-motion project would probably be released about a month from now. Looks like we have something to look forward to after Sweeney Todd. Don't know if this is breaking or even usable, but I just hope I could be of some help. Keep up the good work, and stay gold. Yours, Bento Ramone
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  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by SherlockMonk

    Enchanted looks mildly entertaining.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Henry Selick?

    by TodayzSpecial

    Could just as easily be Henry Selick. He's due to finish Coraline in the next year over at Laika. Disney should be the forerunner in ALL medium of animation, and it should OWN 2d animation. Sounds like they're gettin' it back together.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Henry Selick?

    by erikharrison

    While I wouldn't be surprised if the hinting meant Tim Burton, in the form described in the review it could just as easily be Henry Selick. Selick directed Nightmare Before Christmas (which isn't in this decade), James and the Giant Peach, and coming out next Coraline, all of which are stop motion. Plus he directed Monkey Bone (heavy use of stop motion) and did the stop motion sequences in The Life Aquatic. And both Burton and Selick worked with Elfman.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I bet Burton is miserable.

    by Mike_D

    Hes being type-directed in all the same projects!

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I say Henry Selick, too!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    henry selick was my guess too

    by waggy

    can't wait for coraline.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Photo #6 now up on!

    by Pennsy

    A Japanese chef pulls something out of a freezer (looks like a pizza), and when you flip it over, here's the translation of it (thanks to Hinoai from the Unfiction message boards): <p> Everybody, thank you for viewing! I'll introduce this week's delicious recipe. Please make sure to keep this one cold! <p> * Skinless chicken breast - 2, cut in halves<p> * Sōmen noodles - 10 oz.<p> * Watercress - 1/2 cup cut into small strips<p> * Turnip - 1/2 cup, thinly sliced<p> * Shiitake Mushrooms - 1/2 cup<p> * Chicken stock - 1/3 cup<p> * Sake - 2 tbsp.<p> * Sugar - 1/2 tsp.<p> * Deep-sea crab - one<p> In a small saucepan, stir together 1/3 cup water, chicken stock, sake, and sugar. Chill it until it becomes cold. Grill the chicken breast on both sides for about 8 minutes, and then chill. Boil the noodles for about 3 minutes, and then run under cold water until chilled. Mix the watercress, turnips, and mushrooms into the sōmen. Slice the chicken thinly and arrange on top of the sōmen mix. Just before you serve, put the crab in the sauce and pour over the noodles generously.<p> Go Go Delicious Chef!

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    It's probably the Wallace

    by aron

    It's probably the Wallace and Gromit guy.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    It's Nick Park.

    by TheNorthlander

    Either that or Burton. Selick may have directed Nightmare before christmas, but he was not the "creative mastermind" behind it, that would be Burton. Still, Park is the guy to go to when dealing with Stop Motion. The majority of people working at Corpse Bride at 3 Mills studios in London were Aardman people as far as I know.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    or tom selleck

    by ironic_name

    first to say first.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 3:57 p.m. CST

    I was gonna say

    by myspoonistoobig

    Have we not heard of Aardman? I know Hot Topic doesn't sell any Wallace and Gromit T-shirts but come on.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I've heard that the Burton project is Grim Fandango

    by beastie

    The rumor has been around for about 2 years that Burton, Selick, Disney and Pixar are all interested in adapting Grim Fandango, together.</p>If this is true, I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I love all of the parties involved and I think that Grim Fandango may be the greatest video game ever made. On the other hand, I would prefer if the game's director, Tim Schafer, ended up directing the feature length adaptation.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Gotta be Nick Park

    by Archive

    Tim Burton has only done Corpse Bride in the last decade, right? James and the Giant Peach was 96, and Nightmare Before Christmas was 93. Of course, it would be neat to see what either of them would do in the new Disney climate emerging in the wake of the Pixar purchase.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I think, since Dreamworks dropped Aardman, Warners got

    by beastie

    them. So, I doubt Nick Park. Though, I would love to see Aardman work with Disney. See, I'm a little bit of a Disney animation geek and I want all good animation to, in some way, shape or form, be associated with Disney.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    beastie, you need to discover Japan.

    by TheNorthlander

    Miyazaki is doing way better stuff than Disney nowadays.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST


    by beastie

    ...when I said, that I like Disney to be invloved with all good animation, I also meant, distribution. Miramax (Disney) distributes Miyazaki, and that is awesome, to me. It means that they are, in some way involved in his movies. At least, in America.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 6:45 p.m. CST

    ...also... I should stop responding after a bottle

    by beastie

    of vodka. Sometimes my sentences don't make sense.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    People who both work in animation or fans

    by emeraldboy

    dont like the stuff that has been produced from the Miyazaki stable of late and they have said that it is not as good as the early work. That is what i hear.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Alice in Wonderland

    by powerfuldog

    I've heard that Burton has always wanted to his take on Alice in Wonderland. Maybe this is it?

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Will someone tell me exactly how...

    by Mystery Roach

    one movie constitutes "the majority of stop-motion pictures in the last decade"? This isn't Burton people.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 7:34 p.m. CST


    by future help

    whatever happened with that not Nick Park? also, Burton better leave Alice and Wonderland alone...cause he sure fucked up both Planet of the Apes and Willy Wonka.

  • Sept. 29, 2007, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Re: Burton's Alice

    by TheNorthlander

    Like, who needs that anyway? Henry Selick is making Coraline into a stop motion movie. Burton's Alice can't touch that.

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Svankmajer's already made his own Alice

    by half vader

    Freaky and oh so slavic! <p> And Emeralboy I definitely wouldn't day they "don't like the stuff" more a matter of it still being great, just not super genius. Besides, generally that sentiment is only applied to his very last film, 'cause people pretty unaminously loved Spririted Away, which is generally thought of up there with Totoro. Are you talking Earthsea/Non Hayao Miyazaki stuff too? <p> "That is what I hear" eh? - so you haven't watched them yourself? Do yourself a favour mate!

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Oh and nice Americacentric thinking, Dean Smartypants

    by half vader

    Obviously trying to show off. And Obviously Harry thinks that way as well. As does Dick Cook too probably. How can you not think of Nick Park? The guy's won 4 Academy awards from 5 noms, and only lost that 5th one because one of his OTHER films won it! Dreamworks are complete morons. Just because Wererabbit didn't do Shrek-level money (as that's their yardstick of a good film) they show Aardman the door? It still made more than some of their other shite and the one thing W&G have shown is that it'll sell and rent it's tits off for years to come on DVD/home video/whatever they call it. So myopic and typical suit thinking. <p> How super cool would it be if John Lasseter staged another Brad Bird level coup and did actually get Park. That's my guess. Well, more of a wish really. <p> Oh and Burton's gotta make Alice one day, it's inevitable. It's got stripes in it!

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    "a metaphor for this bridge of generations"

    by Holodigm

    i fuckin hate film students. what's worse is i am one, although at least i don't go around making up bullshit like that. and first year, no less, he's already gone down the path of the asshat.

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Great one - "the path of the asshat"

    by half vader

    forever will it dominate your destiny!

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    dont forget cabin boy

    by LarryTheCableGuy

    dont forget that movie. it rocks. it had selick stop animation, produced by tim burton and had alfred molina.

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    This kid Bennet Mitchell is an asshat

    by Oasis101

    I bet nobody is ever going to show a movie at his school again. Wouldnt be surprisedif he gets squashed by the house of mouse for leaking secrets.

  • Sept. 30, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I like the term "asshat"

    by Turkey

    That should be used more often.

  • Oct. 1, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    arseclown is cooler.

    by ironic_name

    it is.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:26 a.m. CST


    by haferstroh

    This would be the feature version of 9 by Shane Acker, produced by T.B. H