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Disney Scuttles Robert Zemeckis’ YELLOW SUBMARINE!!

Published at: March 15, 2011, 1:34 a.m. CST

I am Hercules!!

And we sailed into the sun!

Disney is sadly not going forward with its Robert Zemeckis-directed digital remake of “Yellow Submarine,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Reporter says the failure of the expensive Zemeckis-produced motion-capture extravaganza “Mars Needs Moms” is to blame, but Deadline Hollywood has a source that indicates Disney dismissed “Submarine” months ago.

The Beatles were to be played this time around by Cary Elwes (the "Saw" movies) as George, Peter Serafinowicz ("Couples Retreat") as Paul, Dean Lennox Kelly ("The Worst Week of My Life") as John, and Adam Campbell ("Harper's Island") as Ringo.

I was rather hoping it'd look a little like this:

Zemeckis is reportedly contemplating his first live-action directorial effort since 2000’s “Cast Away.”

Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

 

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  • March 15, 2011, 1:36 a.m. CST

    THANK GOD!

    by hitchhiker42

    I am a big Beatles fan, and this cartoon was my childhood. Plus, it is a FEAT of animation for it's time. You cannot recreate this magic. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD! WE win for once! I've got blisters on me fingers!

  • March 15, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    LONG LIVE BEOWULF! BLUE MEANIES WIN!

    by iwontwin

    A 3D yellow submarine might have gotten me to start smoking weed again! LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 15, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Roger Rabbit 2 : port of call New Orleans

    by Gorgomel

  • March 15, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Was looking forward to zombie-eyed CG Beatles

    by spicy-mag.com

    Not.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Welcome back, Mr. Zemeckis

    by mrplowking

    Please make movies with real people again.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:19 a.m. CST

    My first thought: "Thank God!"

    by BenBraddock

    Talk about dodging bullets

  • March 15, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Black to the Future starring Jaden Smith

    by Mel

    it'l happen.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    I find the YELLOW SUBMARINE song...

    by justmyluck

    ...incredibly depressing. It's like a dirge. As for the animated movie, the Fab Four's stiff/dry line readings are living hell.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Well, what can you say?

    by bubcus

    "Mars Needs Moms" looked lame. I cringed through the trailers and I had absolutely no desire to see it. Bad title, dumb theme, and... well... targets a generation that is a quarter of my age. As to the Beatles film, you're right, it would have been neat to follow the Rock Band animated feel but it's a limited niche market (and theaters would likely be hot-boxed by pot smokers). I could see it doing okay as DVD/Blu-Ray sales but that's about it.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Sometimes studios know what they're doing.

    by tonagan

  • March 15, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    @justmyluck

    by Kid Miracleman

    "As for the animated movie, the Fab Four's stiff/dry line readings are living hell." The Beatles didn't perform as themselves (except for the live-action part at the very end, obviously) in YELLOW SUBMARINE. Those were voice actors/sound-alikes.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:30 a.m. CST

    kid miracleman

    by justmyluck

    Thanks for the correction. Just looked it up and see that it was a 'contractual obligation' movie, but one wouldn't have guessed due to their actual appearance at the end. Doubt the actual Beatles' dialogue wouldn't have sounded much different.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    glad to hear it

    by frank cotton

    no way it wasn't going suck

  • March 15, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    I take that sad part is sarcasm

    by tomimt

    The only good motion capture movie Zemeckis has made is the Beowulf and even that movie didn't actually gain a thing from the process. And Anthony Hopkins and John Malkovich tried their abosulte best to give their flattest performances ever in it.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Sadly?

    by Eliywahoo

    Is that the best word to use?

  • March 15, 2011, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Agree about BEOWULF

    by justmyluck

    I enjoyed it in IMAX 3D, and it's probably the pinnacle of what Zemeckis could achieve with the "dead eye" Mo-Cap process. James Cameron & WETA evolved it with precise study of the actors' eyes and faces with the helmet-cams and reference cams. 'Traditional' animators did more-or-less the same thing by studying their own expressions in mirrors. You can't just 'digitally tween' Mo-Capped facial states if you want the audience to engage in some sort of animated perceptual realism. I still appreciate the lavish, storybook-like level of detail Zemeckis achieved with BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. POLAR EXPRESS, not so much. From the trailers and reviews, MARS NEEDS MOMS really seems like a turd. Thankfully Zemeckis didn't direct, and was only one of its producers.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Finally

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Cast Away was Zemeckis' last watchable film. Glad to hear he's dropping (or has been forced to drop) all that third-rate mo-cap shit.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:54 a.m. CST

    There IS a god after all...

    by SeXX ED

    ... Zemeckis can't hide behind a computer anymore.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Good!

    by The_Skook

    This was a self indulgent idea anyway. A friend of mines first animation job was on Yellow Submarine, as an inbetweener. It exists in it's own time and should be left alone. Because it is possible to do something does not mean you should.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:14 a.m. CST

    ΤΗΑΝΚ GOD AND GOOD RIDDANCE

    by KilliK

  • March 15, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    He Has Done The World A Great Service!

    by Tassium

    Showing that CGI-people movies are unworkable. Cost $500m to figure it out though... George Lucas has also done some great work in the field of unworkable visual effects. If there were Oscars for mistakes in motion picture production technique who would win? Nominees: George Lucas Robert Zemeckis James Cameron J.J. Abrams (no chance of winning, but that lens flare IS so annoying)

  • March 15, 2011, 5:43 a.m. CST

    Fantastic news

    by AlienFanatic

    I hope that this is the death of that abomination that is Zemeckis' mo-cap animation. That stuff is seriously creepy and absolutely unsuited to animated movies. Mo-cap works only in limited instances, and his misguided attempts to use photo-realistic actors to shortcut the animation process only resulted in audiences who were repulsed by the results. Thank god it's dead or at least dying.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Back to the Future: Legacy

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Marty's son has to eBay for DeLorean parts in order to rebuild the time machine and go back to 1989 to find his dad where he's been trapped.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Good good good

    by biscuithead

    Someone had to stop this man and his creepy CG experiments.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Herc

    by toshiro-solo

    You really oughtn't be referring to Cary Elwes as "The guy from the Saw movies." He should be "Wesley/The Dread Pirate Roberts from A Princess Bride" or - maybe - "Robin Hood from Robin Hood Men in Tights." I don't think I want to live in a world where appearing in 2 of 6 or 7 Saw movies is the thing he's best known for. Let the man have some dignity, I say!

  • March 15, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    I thought this thing would be done by now

    by Spandau Belly

    Didn't they announce and cast this thing like more than a year ago? I mean, it's motion capture! You don't have to build sets or costumes. Everything is postproduction! I figured this thing would be getting its final touches by now.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Good. It was unecessary.

    by Bob

    Really, put me on the "Get back to live action" Zemeckis wagon. Mars Needs Moms looked terrible in every single commercial and trailer. So this doesn't come as much of a surprise. YS is a movie that's a cult favorite to a lot of people, but as far as mainstream America getting into it, I doubt that would happen. I personally never cared for YS. It was cheap looking, creepy and actually kinda boring. Then again I was never a Beatles fan.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine 2: Cruise Control

    by Mickster_Island

    This is a multi-layered joke title...

  • March 15, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Yellow Submarine: With A Vengeance

    by tomdolan04

    ITS CHRISTMAS, YOU COULD STEAL CITY HALL

  • March 15, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Beowulf was a travesty for anyone who loved the source material

    by Ingeld

    Zemeckis took an epic hero and made him into a tragic hero. I expect changes in an film adaptation, but this change was foundational. Perhaps he should do Oedipus next. This time Jocasta is not his mother but a sexy cougar and Oedipus saves the city by slaying the evil Laius (who is actually the Sphinx in disguise) and he becomes King over a happy and prosperous Thebes.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    Saw Movies?

    by Jordan

    How about Cary Elwes ( The Princess Bride)?

  • March 15, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool News indeed. I saw the restored version

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    on the big sceen about ten years ago or so. They cleaned up the film, and there were a few minutes missing. It was a glorious sight to see. There's never been a reason to remake it.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    As a life-long Beatles fan...

    by workshed

    ...all I can say is GREAT. It was a stupid feckin idea in the first place. What could be trippier than the original? Just make a nice pot of mushroom tea if you want 3D. That is all.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    'Twenty years from now today'...

    by workshed

    ...they'll probably have the technology to make the Joe Orton-scripted Beatles movie we all wanted to see. And then Zemekis' revenge will be complete.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    WE WON!! WE WON!!!

    by Six Demon Bag

    i knew if i held off a week from seeing MARS NEEDS MOMS, this would happen. now i can skip out of work early to go see a matinee of MARS NEEDS MOOMS

  • March 15, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "Mars Needs Moms" was a failure?

    by adolfwolfli

    I would never have thought....

  • March 15, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    glad someone woke up and said" hold up, wtf is this bullshit"

    by Monolith_Jones

    Make it 3d if you absolutely have to do something, but to remake it completely is ridiculous.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Thank god. The original is horrible.

    by jimmy_009

    Seriously, I can't watch it without getting sick to my stomach.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Good!!! Zemeckis...Direct A Film With Actual

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    People in it for fucks sake. I've grown tired of his films since The Polar Express. He's like Ron Howard...so safe he bores the shit out of his potential audience.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:57 a.m. CST

    The suits actually made a smart move for once

    by Bobo_Vision

    Miracles can happen. That was nothing more than a director with a lot of clout doing a personal project that means a lot to him, and hoping that it would translate to a mass audience...but there was nothing about that project that had any relevance.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    imdb says Yellow Submarine was in post-production

    by Bobo_Vision

    So all the voices must have been recorded. Ouch, that's gotta hurt. Bobby Z is going to be doing a lot of crying before he recovers from this one.

  • It's a waste of his talent to be making those dumbass cartoons, who nobody liked in the first place.

  • Why the hell would you want to see that shit in computer animated 3D? That era is dead and buried (thank God). Let is stay that way.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    And the world sighed a collective "Ehh..."

    by mastermold

    Seriously, who really was hot to see this?

  • March 15, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Did it have to be a Disney film?

    by riskebiz

    Do Disney own on the rights to the Beatles Yellow Submarine? If not, then take it to Dreamworks. Or make another Beatles animated flick and hire those people that made the Rock Band trailer...because it is beyond cool: it makes me want to see a new Beatles movie. DISNEY: The reason "Mars Needs Moms" failed is that it was a stink-pot story with below par animation. The Beatles movie isn't an apples to apples comparison. I can just see the little suit who made that decision. How do these people rise to the top?

  • March 15, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    the beatles were just a shitty boy band

    by alienindisguise

    This not getting made is good news.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    So who were the wizards that thought up this one?

    by DangerDave

    Yellow Submarine? Really? Who is sitting awake at night dreaming of a 3D remake? FFS waste 25 million dollars on something that has a shred of worth next time.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    "But when you talk about Zemeckis ..."

    by madCanada

    "Don't you know THAT YOU CAN COUNT ME OUT / OUT / OUT." No way is it gonna be alright.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    I'm a little tired of Mocap, Zemeckis, go live action

    by Andy Pandy

  • March 15, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis, Lucas, Spielberg, Cameron

    by tomdolan04

    All directors who hit gold in the 80's who are obsessed with pursing technological boundaries when really at the heart of all their successes lie stories and humanity that really transcend any technical gimmicks. <p> Camerons Terminator was a fantastic stalker B-Movie, Aliens was a haunted House fable. Back To The Future was sold with the rapport with Fox and Lloyd, Lucas' mighty ESB was convincing with the earnestness of Hamill (whatever people say, Hamill had a lot more to cope with being the straight man to Ford's rogue) and Spielbergs strengths were always portraying the everyman in extrodinary situations. <p> Ultimately their 'hits' were complemented by technology, not solely devoted to the worship of them.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Poor guy probably watches "Avatar" every night, masturbating furiously...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...cursing James Cameron's name under his breath. Give it up, Bobby. Mo-Cap is not your milieu.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    This movie could of been a head trip

    by hallmitchell

    I was looking forward to it. Even though Beowulf was very forgettable. I want to see Bobby Z kick a$$ again!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I doubt Mars Needs Moms was much that much of a factor

    by seasider

    Zemeckis may not be setting the industry on fire with his mocap ventures but he hasn't exactly been a flop either. Here is the total box office numbers for his previous films: The Polar Express ($306million) Beowulf ($196 million) A Christmas Carol ($325 million) Zemeckis has said that he will return to live action movies when he feels that the mocap technology is at a stage where the average filmmaker has access to it.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Cast Away was terrible

    by tintab

    Our hero has a photo of his fiance and he ditches it for a smiley face drawn on a ball? He seems to be surviving well then time jump, he wants to kill himself!? The movie was totally dishonest emotionally.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    toshiro-solo, re: "You really oughtn't be referring to Cary Elwes"

    by Immortal_Fish

    "You really oughtn't be referring to Cary Elwes as "The guy from the Saw movies." He should be "Wesley/The Dread Pirate Roberts from A Princess Bride" Jercules knows exactly what he did there. Jercules knows he writes for a geek website. Jercules knows that geeks love them some Princess Bride. Jercules knows that geeks first recognize the name Elwes from his role in Princess Bride. Jercules must have a beef with Elwes or Fred Savage. Or someone somehow involved with the production of Princess Bride. Maybe even Columbo. And so we must pay by enduring Jercules's petulance. Or maybe I'm overanalyzing it and this is the little girl's version of "clever." Either way, you noticed and that likely gave Jercules the brief saccharin spasm she craved. Congrats!

  • March 15, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Zemeckis has always been

    by Brian Hopper

    attentive to craft, which is admirable. But his films lack a certain artfulness... they are mechanisms, though sometimes enjoyable ones (e.g., Back to the Future). His last really good film was Used Cars.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Uh yeah. The source was UltraTron when I told you Disney closed

    by UltraTron

    Image Movers after you fucks failed to see Christmas Carol which was the best use of 3D in an IMAX movie yet. Told you this shit when it happened. Told you in every yellow submarine talkback. I would always say- why are you still talking about this submarine movie that Disney canned? You guys are about a year behind on this. Wow. I'll be starting UltraNews soon. Be looking out for it.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    tintab: you are completely lost.

    by UltraTron

  • March 15, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    That isn’t sad at all.

    by Frank Conniff

    Why would we want a digital remake of Yellow Submarine? It’s a Beatles movie. Made by the Beatles and their friends. In the sixties. It has original Beatles songs, and cool innovative sixties-style animation. We like it for those reasons (or if we are one of those poor soulless people who don’t like the Beatles for whatever reason, we don’t). It is not a story that needs to be retold. Thank God Disney is showing some common sense in this case.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Great News!!

    by j_difool

    Next they should dismantle that Vegas Beatles Cirque show.

  • March 15, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    They didn't make this decision.

    by UltraTron

    They shut him down right after carol. Anyway, I think an animated rock opera with 3D battling pink floyd pussy plants would be aight. How about a 3D interpretation of some zeppelin songs?

  • March 15, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Glad this happened.

    by K-Gin

    Although I have great respect for Mr. Zemeckis, I hated almost all of his CG projects...not just because of the dead eyes, but the ridiculous shots made only to show off the 3D effect. Beowulf was the strongest of his films in this medium.Every one of them would have been better as live action with no 3D.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Just make Roger Rabbit 2 already - sans motion capture.

  • March 15, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I want a Mo-Cap animated film with "The Shitty Beatles."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Wayne: Shitty Beatles? Are they any good? Tiny: They suck. Wayne: Then it's not just a clever name...

  • March 15, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    cary elwes is like 20 years older than the rest of those guys

    by BadMrWonka

    does that strike anyone else as really weird?

  • March 15, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    justmyluck:

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    The reason The Beatles appeared in the flesh at the end of Yellow Submarine is because they saw the movie and loved it so much they wanted to be more of a part of it. Me, I've always loved the movie.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    According to P. Jackson

    by therootstheroots

    John Lennon was the Beatle most keen on LOTR back in the '60s -- and he wanted to play Gollum, while Paul McCartney would play Frodo, Ringo Starr would take on Sam and George Harrison would beard it up for Gandalf. And he approached a pre-2001 Stanley Kubrick to direct.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    AMEN.

    by Subtitles_Off

    Oh, and the posers who are "over the Beatles," can fukk off. There's a Duran Duran thread over there. Go knock yourselves out, nitwits.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Did this movie scare anyone else?

    by StatelyWayneManor

    It gave me the creeps when I was a kid.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Halle-fuckin-lujah!

    by I Max U Mini

    I was on board until I learned Zemeckis was planning on having new versions of the music. Stick with the remastered versions and get a great animator - like the people who did the Rock Band opening - and I'd be down with it.

  • March 15, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Complete bummer.

    by ravenloff

    The execs 'ave a 'ole in their brains.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    As a hardcore Beatles fanatic, let me just say:

    by radioflyer

    ALL HAIL THE DISNEY PEOPLE FOR KILLING THIS PROJECT!!!! I feel very strongly that the co-oping of all things "Beatle" these past few years from Vegas shows to video games, have really taken the shine off of what matters most: the music and the message. Let's just let the music do the talking for a while, OK everyone?

  • March 15, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    by radioflyer

    The Beatles actually did not do the voiceover for the original "Yellow Submarine" - they hired actors. When it came out, The Beatles were surprised at how kick ass the movie was.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    tassium James Cameron really?

    by KilliK

    get your facts straight before talking about Iron Jim,boy.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I was scared of the blue meanies, statelywayne

    by Frank Conniff

    And their evil giant glove of death. theroots: It’s probably for the best that that film wasn’t made. I could see the Beatles in those roles you mentioned, though. Except George looks more like Radagast than Gandalf on the All Things Must Pass album cover.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    People get fired...

    by krabklaw

    People get fired for disasters as unequivacol as Mars Needs Moms. Heads roll. Careers are ruined. This kind of fallout couldn't be unexpected by Zemeckis. Hopefully this spells the end of this motion capture folly of his and he can get on with making real movies again.

  • March 15, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    It was a shit idea anyway.

    by Jaster

  • March 15, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Zemekis should have cashed in on the zombie craze

    by lv_426

    while he had the chance, by doing a mo-cap zombie film.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    tomdolan04: you have the post of the fucking decade

    by lv_426

    "Zemeckis, Lucas, Spielberg, Cameron... Ultimately their 'hits' were complemented by technology, not solely devoted to the worship of them." Granted I did enjoy some of their recent films, but overall you hit the nail on the head with Thor's hammer.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    knobules

    by lv_426

    The stupid wise-cracking fat guy was what completely turned me off from Mars Needs Moms. I thought the concept sounded fun and kinda like a throwback to some of the older types of sci-fi adventure films and novels of the past, but then the stupid fat guy comes in out of nowhere and never shuts up until the trailer is over.

  • March 15, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Proposed movies like this Yellow Submarine remake

    by lv_426

    cause me to shudder with fear that the day when Hollywood announces they will be doing a remake of something that should be untouchable, something like 2001: A Space Odyssey with no model shots and in 3D, is not far off from now.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy

    by lv_426

    Well, I really enjoyed Avatar, but compared to his older films, Cameron seems more obsessed with pushing FX and 3D technology than being solely focused on storytelling. But he is very experienced so I suppose he can juggle all those elements without the whole thing falling apart. The problem is that younger less competent directors seem to try to emulate this approach. Too much effort on spectacle and effects nowadays. Lucas and Zemeckis are the two that tomdolan04's post most directly applies to IMO. I'll agree on that. Spielberg and Cameron are still with it in terms of understanding that story is important, and that it can't be half-assed. Still though, they are both seemingly more excited about the tech and FX than they seemed to be back in the day, or at least that is how it appears when I watch their more recent films. Could just be my interpretation. Also, I think Spielberg's shift happened when he started approaching movies of his like War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, etc. as his "popcorn" movies. He'd alternate between a popcorn movie and a "serious" movie like Schindler's List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan, or Munich. Back when he did his awesome mid 70's to early 80's run of Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, and ET he didn't seem to think like this. The only time in recent years when Spielberg sort of went back to the idea of doing a movie that has element of the "popcorn" movie feel with a more serious element and tone was Minority Report. I find it interesting that Minority Report was probably his best film since Saving Private Ryan. I would wager that many here would agree with that assessment. Even then, many fans of Minority Report might also argue that Spielberg should have cut it short and kept the darker more downbeat ending. Catch Me If You Can was also really good, and I feel superior to any of his other 2000's films besides Minority Report. Catch also straddled the wall between fun film making and including serious elements and mature character development as well.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Peter Serafinowicz is so much better than this

    by oogles

    thank god.

  • March 15, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    turd

    by lv_426

    Good stuff man. I guess I'll always respect/envy Cameron more in that he always writes and directs his films. That right there sort of provides evidence that he does care more about storytelling than the other three do nowadays. Also, Spielberg is slowing down, as he has said he is not going to do as many films so close together now. He also stated that he is semi-retired and only wants to do films now for the fun of it. Cameron, on the other hand, seems to be getting back to it after his post Titanic and documentary experiments hiatus. I agree about his Avatar scriptment, and his scriptments in general are really good reads. I finally got a hold of his Alien II (obviously Aliens) scriptment, and damn is it a good read even though it is vastly different from the final script and film. It is almost more streamlined and less actiony than the final film, sorta in a way that made the scriptment read more like Alien than Aliens, but still with multiple aliens and the queen of course.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Zemeckis is the fifth Beatle

    by tomdolan04

    Think of this way: Some hold the view Lennon's more important work came through his solo material post-Beatles, and that he matured as an artist. Others hold the view that his solo years were indulgent, with no creative management strong enough to reign in some of his decisions. <p> More often than not, you find people rarely fall into either camp depending on their own experiences with the work. Early days in the cavern club Beatles John VS. New York City Lennon - and so will always be with Zemeckis, Cameron et al. It's understandable. It's difficult to keep perspective when you think about the films you grew up with. I'm 29 and grew up with all the films by Zemeckis, Cameron et al I listed earlier. You do become biased. All I would say about it is that they're welcome to strive towards technical CG perfection, yet Lucas, Spielberg and that 80's group made some absolutely bona-fide modern classics based on sharp dialogue, memorable character interplay in practical settings and crucially the ability to capture the imagination. Did the audience really care that you could see matte lines on the original ships in the non SE Star Wars? Would todays technology make them better movies? I'm a sucker for the blu-ray print of Aliens as much as the next man ('I was the next man' - Junior ;) - but it doesn't make it a better 'film' as such. <p> Abbey Road was my favourite Beatles album and tbh Yellow Submarine never really pressed my buttons to start with. LV_426 (drop your linen and start your grinnin' indeed) - Catch Me If You Can was great, would also recommend to anyone trying to read the book it's based on - not a book worm by any stretch but it's compelling and dry.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    "It's made of Blue Glass"

    by Charlie Allnut

    "Must be from Kentucky." Just one of thousands of horrid puns in a fabulous movie.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    It's a shame. This movie is one massive pro-Tea Party message...

    by Immortal_Fish

    I maintain that this movie is a harbinger of the run up to and fallout from Obeyme's first year in office. Consider: When the Captain is scrambling to unite the Beatles, it represents the chaos involved in getting a grass roots movement together. When John stops them from de-aging and moves the clock forward, what year did it stop at? 2009. When they meet the Nowhere Man, one of the possible names he introduces himself as is Hillary. Who are the antagonists? The BLUE Meanies? One of the Blue Meanie warrior types are tall fellows that defeat their enemies by on dropping giant apples their heads. That couldn't be a parallel for what Mrs. Obeyme is doing. Not at all. Before the Beatles defeated Glovey, John is seen flicking off the letter G from the word like ashes off a cigar. What's the G stand for? Government maybe? All you NEED is love! Hell, since I brought that up, let's look at the music: "1,2,3,4, can I have a little more. 5,6,7,8,9,10, I love you." Welfare, collective bargaining, and other hand-outs equal votes for Democrats. "Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?" Not if George Bernard Shaw and John Holdren get their way and there are death panels. "Making all his nowhere plans for nobody." When you make no plans for no one, you're making plans for everyone. Sounds like Obeyme, or Cass Sunstein at the very least. "Nowhere Man, please listen. You don't know what you're missing. The world is at your command." Definitely sounds like Obeyme. "It was 20-years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play." The aforementioned 2009, take that and subtract 20, you get 1989 -- the year Ronaldus Maximus handed over the reigns. "Hey, Blue Dog." Wow. No Democrats ever went by that moniker. I could go on. Yes, I could go on and on. But I'm sure this is plenty enough for the AICN liberals, who are legion, to go completely batshit and fully engage in extreme Alinsky tactics. It's no matter that the above are at least intriguing coincidences. The makers of this movie couldn't have known how the current political climate would turn out. But that's besides the point. Why bother to believe your lying eyes and engage debate when it is so much easier to demagogue a stranger. Hey. It's art. Art is subjective. This is what I got out of watching the remaster a little over a year ago. So stuff it.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Well this Beatles fan, for one, is relieved.

    by Triple_J_72

    We all know that they would have had different artists sing the songs, right? After the abomination of "Across the Universe..." *shudder*...

  • March 15, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    "Sadly" ... ? FUCK YOU Hercules.

    by golden tribw

    This site has been getting worse and worse, but now it's shit. You're "sad" that Retard Zemeckis isn't going to destroy another beloved classic animation starring the most prolific musical artists of all time? Fuck Cary Elwes, fuck anyone who would even consider approving of such an abomination, and fuck you for being sad about it. I'm gonna go smoke an ounce of pot and re-watch the original, you tasteless fucks who were okay with this can go watch the BATTLESHIP adaptation.

  • March 15, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I'm just about ready to stop coming to AICN

    by golden tribw

    The news isn't news any more and every talkback is pure, seething vitriol. What's the upside to being here at this point?

  • March 15, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    I'm glad. The Beatles didn't deserve this.

    by OutsideChance

    The Beatles were four real people of varying talent who, together, produced some really great music. They weren't damned cartoon characters to be rebooted like GI Joe or the Transformers. Furthermore, two of them are dead and don't need to have their corpses raped even by with their families' permission. This promised to be, at best, the cartoon equivalent of an Elvis impersonator.

  • March 15, 2011, 7:47 p.m. CST

    turd: Spielberg semi-retirement

    by lv_426

    I probably should have said that Spielberg stated that he is going to be slowing down and not doing as many movies in such a short period of time like he has up until recent years. Semi-retired was probably not the best way to describe it. I'd say it is pretty accurate as his last film was Crystal Skull, which seems like forever ago. Either way, it is sad to know that he will not be as prolific over the coming years. As for his current slate, hasn't Spielberg always had tons of films lined up? He doesn't necessarily get to them all.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    goldentribe said it best

    by conspiracy

    To FUCK with anyone who would be a part of shit like this..and not just THIS particular film...but ANY MO-CAP remake of anything. Really...fuck Zemeckis and his MO-CAP fetish...it is almost like some unhealthy obsession with the guy. Just make a Fucking Original film people might want to see or get out of the fucking business and let new blood take a shot it.

  • March 15, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    The thing I found off about Beowulf

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    So time has passed, Beowulf has been married to the princess(?) and he's talking to a younger blonde. Maybe that's his type but I really thought it was his daughter most of the scene.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I hope this means the death of motion capture

    by Nico Toscani

    Because that shit sucks and is extremely creepy looking.

  • March 15, 2011, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Tough luck, mo-cap

    by Teddy Artery

    Zemeckis hasn't got that quite mastered. Cameron is the Master Blaster.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    emperor_was_a_jerk

    by justmyluck

    Yes, I saw on IMDB that THE BEATLES initially wanted to distance themselves from the movie, but were won over by the end product. I agree the animation is fantastic, but THE BEATLES' music never connected with me, hence, I was never won-over by YELLOW SUBMARINE enough to read-up on its production. I did like the McFarlane/Spawn YELLOW SUBMARINE figures that came out a while back - they were well done.

  • March 16, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    It's time for Roger Rabbit Baby!

    by stillsberry

  • March 16, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    nico toscani: just when weta perfected it you now want it

    by UltraTron

    to die? You sir are 12; tops. You've seen other morons with an opinion you now take for yourself in order to even have a voice. This describes most of you.

  • And huge montains in Denmark? Mountains in Denmark?? The same Denmark in which the highest point in all the country is a radio transmission anthena? Give me a fucking break!! Beowulf is nearly as retard as Transformers 2, only it tries to pretend to be smart. Emphasis on "tries". God fucking christ is that shitty movie retard!

  • March 16, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    turd_has_risen_from_the_gravy

    by AsimovLives

    I have to agree with you that Cameron's use of CGI motion capture characters is miles ahead of Zemecki's dead eyed zombies cartoons that populated all his latest movies. And Cameron's restrained use of 3D makes Zemeckis' show off use of it in Beowulf to look amateurish and idiotic.

  • March 16, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    They probably canned it because it had flop written all over it

    by performingmonkey

    This will have had nothing to do with Zemeckis's ability to pull it off or the animation style. The fact is, Yellow Submarine probably would have bombed. Fuck, I just hate the song anyway, it's the worst in the entire Beatles catalogue. I know there's a lot more to the movie but FFS it's too much of a tripout for general audiences to take to. Bomb, bomb, bomb. Fact. Zemeckis needs to do Roger Rabbit and/or a new live action piece of brilliance to silence the doubters. A Christmas Carol was great.

  • March 16, 2011, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Thank God!

    by Captain Happy

    What a crap sounding project!

  • March 17, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Robert Zemeckis Eats A Bag Of Dicks: The Movie - In Crap MoCap 3D CGI

    by AsimovLives