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UPDATED AICN EXCLUSIVE ART: Paul "Robogeek" Alvarado-Dykstra And Samantha Inoue-Harte To Produce Feature-Length Animated Film of Tad Williams' TAILCHASER'S SONG

Published at: May 27, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

Nordling here.

I wish I was able to get off my other job so I could have attended Houston's Comicpalooza today.  I'll be there all day tomorrow and Sunday, but apparently we got our first bit of news from the convention this afternoon.

Paul Alvarado-Dykstra is good people.  He's been with AICN since the very beginning as Robogeek, and he's moved on to animation and production, having worked with Tim McCanlies (SECONDHAND LIONS, IRON GIANT) and Guillermo Del Toro.  And now he's making the leap into animated feature films with an adaptation of Tad Williams' TAILCHASER'S SONG.  Paul is producing TAILCHASER'S SONG in partnership with Samantha Inoue-Harte via Animetropolis, and the screenwriters are Bethany Rhoades and Chris Rydo.

To call TAILCHASER'S SONG "WATERSHIP DOWN with cats" is a bit reductive - TAILCHASER'S SONG is actually fairly epic in scope, and with Williams' involvement, this should be a strong film.  The animation is still being shopped out, but the concept art will be done by Matt Rhodes, who has done much of the concept art for Bioware.  So the film should have a unique look, going for both 2D and CG animation.

Here's some of Matt Rhodes' concept art for the project, an AICN Exclusive:

I will have more details tomorrow, including an interview with Alvarado-Dykstra and Williams.  In the meantime, Compicpalooza will be on all day tomorrow and Sunday at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center.  

Nordling, out.

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  • May 27, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    This is awesome.

    by buffywrestling

    No, really. I also see a lot of Secret of Kells in that artwork.

  • May 27, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Tailchasers, huh? Sounds like a frat boy thing...

    by Grasscutter

    but then you see it and it looks like something fat nerd chicks would like. You know, the ones who are really, really into Tinkerbell?

  • May 27, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    some good talent involved

    by Larry Sellers

    And the novel sounds interesting...this could be cool. But yeah, what grasscutter said regarding the concept art hahah.

  • May 27, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Watership plaque chasers of G'hool?

    by korkie70

    the avengers movie of animated animals. come on, you know its leading to this

  • May 27, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    plague as in plague dogs not plaque and in teeth.

    by korkie70

    fat fingers fail

  • May 27, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Concept art for Dreamworks' PUSS IN BOOTS?

    by Carven

    :D

  • May 28, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Art leaves me a bit cold.

    by blackwood

    It is a bit garbage, imo, except maybe the cat. The rest of it looks slapped together willy-nilly from tree and leaf and water textures. Lighting isn't bad though. Adaptation overall has me interested. I don't remember much about the book, except I read it when I was fairly young and liked it. But then, I've always been a cat person.

  • May 31, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Good Luck Robogeek!

    by purplemonkeydw