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Quint from the Disney Presentation! Disney's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's KING OF THE ELVES!

Published at: April 8, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I’m currently in New York attending a big Disney presentation hosted by John Lasseter. He’s showcasing Disney Animation and Pixar releases over the next few years. Here's a layout we were handed upon leaving the presentation:

They opened with half an hour of Wall-E, but the real news followed that immediately. He said he was going from one extreme to the other. WALL-E comes out in a few months, so he wanted to follow-up that presentation with his Christmas 2012 release. WALT DISNEY’S KING OF THE ELVES, based on the Philip K. Dick story about a gas station attendant who receives a knock on the door one rainy night. It’s a group of elves. Small, maybe a foot tall each. They are all green, with leaves and foliage growing off of them. They beg him for shelter from the storm. Despite his better judgment he allows them to stay and as reward he is made king of the Elves. Directed by Bob Walker and Aaron Blaise. It’s pretty far out from release, of course, but they showed some art. The elves I described a little above. The art was very painterly and the idea is that these little green buggers live in modern day Mississippi and have been undiscovered based on their appearance. With the leaves growing on their bodies if a human enters their domain they can just ruffle their foliage, duck their heads down and be completely undetectable. There aren’t just small creatures in the forests. We saw art of huge moss covered man-like tree giants. There was no word on if it’ll be traditional animation or not. I’d assume CG animation because the only project they showed that was 2-D cell animation was THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and they made a big deal talking about it as a return to classic Disney animation. So, Disney and Philip K. Dick. Bizarre. Looked really nice, though. Something to look forward to… in 4 years… Look for more coverage of this event coming tonight and tomorrow. I’ll have word on BOLT, the direct to video TINKERBELL series (4 movies), RAPUNZEL, WALL-E, UP and lots more more! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • April 8, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    testing 1 2 3

    by xega

    test

  • April 8, 2008, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Pic's?

    by TRON

    Its a shame theres no artwork scans to go along with the article. A can make or break anticipation.

  • April 8, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Great short story

    by jeremykeijo

    Let's hope they keep just a hint of how trippy it is.

  • April 8, 2008, 9:14 p.m. CST

    What about

    by kolchak

    Darby o'gill and the king of the little people?

  • April 8, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    tron

    by Quint

    I asked, but they really don't want to release anything since it's so far out. I feel the same as you do, though. One of the pieces of art coming out would go a long way to getting people excited for it. What I liked about the art in the slideshow they showed was that it was very painterly and lush. The artistry was there, it wasn't some flat CG production image.

  • April 8, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    HELP STOP UWE BOLL!!!

    by The Devlinizer

    He announced if the following online petition reached one million votes he'd stop making movies!!! Lets kick his ass!!! Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/RRH53888/petition.html Source: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3167288

  • April 8, 2008, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Darby O' Gill!!!!!

    by kidicarus

    The banshee!!!!! The banshee!!!

  • April 8, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    There's no hope for this.

    by Pariah74

    Not for fans of P.K.D. anyway.

  • April 8, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    devlin

    by Quint

    if Boll actually said he would quit, I'd post that. But he didn't. In an interview he said he wouldn't quit because of the petition with 18,000 signatures. When asked what would be enough, he said "A million." He never pledged anything, just a throwaway line in an interview. Now that the petition is up over 120,000 he's backtracking. He'll never quit and he's just using this as a way to publicize his latest shitfest (yes, I saw Postal and it's horrible, surprise surprise). I'm not helping that tool publicize his poor excuses for films anymore, which is why there's no story about the petition on the site. If he entered into a contract saying he'd quit with 1 million signatures on a petition, then I'd be pushing that petition every day until it had a million signatures, but that petition could get 10 million and he'd never stop. We're stuck with him, but as long as he goes (and stays) direct to video, he can have a long career fighting with Charles Band for rental space on fourth tier Hollywood video shelves as far as I'm concerned.

  • April 8, 2008, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Is anyone in the film named Gandolf?

    by welsh12uk

    That would be so cool to have Gandolf in it and the Incredible Hulk as one of the Elves-you know you want it to happen. Hulk Smash!

  • April 8, 2008, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Unrelated, here's the leaked pics of Scarlett Johansson from the

    by Suki_Jonze

    http://tinyurl.com/3ol6vb including the threat from lionsgate

  • April 8, 2008, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Disney and P.K. Dick?

    by rbatty024

    My head is about to explode. That is too fucking cool. Every since Disney acquired Pixar they've started to turn things around. No longer do I cringe when I hear about the House of Mouse's latest project.

  • April 8, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    [clears throat] Ladies and gentlemen...

    by Osmosis Jones

    ...can we have a kibosh on annoying talking banner ads?

  • April 8, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Horray for 2D!

    by br1947

    I actually mean that seriously. I don't know what it is about it, maybe since I grew up with the Disney classics, all the 3D stuff just doesn't seem right. It seemed like a fit with Toy Story, but ever since then, it just hasn't seemed right.

  • April 8, 2008, 11 p.m. CST

    and speaking of PKD...

    by br1947

    Disney gonna make V.A.L.I.S. too? heh, that'd be interesting to say the least...

  • April 8, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST

    2-D animation

    by Gungan Slayer

    So Princess and the Frog is the currently the only announced 2-D film they have in production? Sigh. Was hoping for at least one more. Can't wait for this PKD project to materialize. Don't care much for Cars 2 though.

  • April 8, 2008, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint

    by NoahTall

    How about taking a few minutes to head over to the Farrelly poster contest and update it with who won the poster and what the story was. I'm certain that you must have done like you said you would and notified the winner by the second weekend in January so how about letting everybody else know who won. Or did the Farrelly bros welch on the deal and not send you the poster on time? Those dirty welchers not following up on their promise. Boycott them I say!

  • April 9, 2008, 12:30 a.m. CST

    They should make an all-animated Enchanted 2

    by Multiplex

    Like a prequel or something, maybe. The animated bits in that movie looked FANTASTIC. I'm looking forward to Princess and the Frog.

  • April 9, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Multiplex is gay

    by I87D

  • April 9, 2008, 1:08 a.m. CST

    2012? Isn't that when the world's going to end?

    by Eunuch Provocateur

    Why should we even bother with these movies, we'll be dead!!

  • April 9, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    I still want a "Flow My Tears" movie

    by mr.underwater

    It's my favorite all-around novel of his. And, I think it's very filmable. I won't bore anyone with my dream cast and director. I just hope it makes it to the screen somehow.

  • April 9, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    WED & PKD??

    by Samuel Vimes

    Why not: FOX/DREAMWORKS (Minority Report), WARNER BROS (Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly), TRISTAR (Total Recall), whoever did Screamers--- they all had a crack at bringing Phil Dick'stories to the big screen, so why couldn't the company that brought you Mickey, Donald and Goofy have a stab at it? Still, this is as surreal a H'wood pairing up as having Salvador Dali working with the Mouse...

  • April 9, 2008, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Mississippi? Ain't that where Adam & Eve are from?

    by newc0253

    Didn't realise PKD wrote anything with elves in it but King of the Elves sounds cool.<p> Anyone know why it is *Walt Disney's* King of the Elves though? What did the frozen head of Uncle Walt have to do with it?<p>

  • April 9, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Cars 2.

    by Puñeta

    Couldnt help but notice Cars 2 for 2012, Yuck!

  • April 9, 2008, 3 a.m. CST

    lovely. abarat?

    by max404

    that's a lovely story. looking forward to the adaptation something else: wonder what the status is on Disney's mega adaptation of Clive Barker's 'Abarat' books which they acquired. Including gay characters

  • April 9, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    "bear and the bow" originally disney?

    by mansep

    If you look at how the main films are staggered in the release schedule (with pixar and disney films alternating) it looks as if the bear and the bow was originally planned as a disney film (which kind of makes sense as it is a fairy tale)... so iwonder why it got turned into a pixar film... was it because the fairy tale is too obscure for disney?

  • April 9, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    I thought the DTV Tinkerbell was cancelled.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • April 9, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Bear & the Bow with Pixar = Bigger Box Office

    by Yeti

    Disney = Kids movies. Pixsr is more viable to all members of the family.

  • April 9, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Quint... I thought RAPUNZEL was supposed

    by Frijole

    to be 2-D cell animated as well. No?

  • April 9, 2008, 7:41 a.m. CST

    God, they'll really suck Dick dry, won't they?

    by Stalin vs Predator

    (And I only noticed the double entendre as I was writing it, but I kept it, anyway.) Everything Dick ever wrote will be adapted, it seems. And the reason? Executive 1: "Hey, that dead sci-fi guy they adapted a couple times recently and made good money, he wrote anything else, Bob?" And so, because the executives only learn of writers and books once they're made into movies, every good, average and awful scrap written by Dick will be adapted, while Sheckley, Kuttner, Bradbury, Aldiss, Weinbaum and hundreds of others will remain on paper (and often out of print) only.

  • April 9, 2008, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see Tinkerbell get it....

    by Batman Begins Sucks Ass

    ..right in the pooper and have some dude drop the kids off right in her butt.

  • April 9, 2008, 10:24 a.m. CST

    what is "Bear and the Bow"?

    by finky089

  • April 9, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    A mutherfarking Cars sequel?

    by Kankennon

    Why not make a sequel to one of the good ones instead, like The Incredibles II? Are they getting subsidized by Nascar or something?

  • April 9, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Stalin

    by Beldo84

    Bradbury has at least had his day in the sun. Check his IMDb. In addition to Ray Bradbury Theater, the guy had dozens of stories turned into movies both theatrical and TV. He was in vogue in the '60s and '80s in the same way Dick is now.

  • April 9, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST

    All my favorite

    by Mockingbuddha

    PKD Books are mentioned in this TB except for We Can Build You. So... Disney/PIXAR's We Can Build You would rock!!! I for one hope they keep making Phillip K Dick books and stories into movies because, a) he was a fountain of great ideas and Hollywood is a desolate wasteland of formulaic crap, and 2) I always feel just a bit superior when saying, "Yeah well you should read the book if you want the real story." Also no one mentioned Paycheck or Next, although probably for good reason. Having said that, Next is based on The Golden Man which is a fucking cool story. Go read it.