Ain't It Cool Exclusive! Here's Mondo's Awesome PARANORMAN Poster!
I'm bummed as hell. Quint is seeing PARANORMAN right now and my press screening doesn't happen until next week. Furthermore, I won't be there that day as I'll be on a Super Secret Ain't It Cool mission from God. So I'll have to see it opening weekend with the rest of you proles!
First world problems. Anyway, Mondo has scored an amazing poster from Tom Whalen which will go on sale sometime next week! And we have the first look at it. I really can't wait for this movie - the online buzz has been incredible and I have the feeling I'm really going to like this one. Dead fingers crossed! Here's the poster, and check www.mondotees.com in the coming days on how you can get your hands on this puppy:
PARANORMAN opens next Friday! Can't wait!
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Aug. 9, 2012, 8:43 p.m. CST
this, art deco and the minimalist look seem to be their fallback - even if they don't match or capture the style/essence of the movie. Don't get me wrong, they have had many, many strokes of inspiration (their Universal Monsters, Bottle Rocket, Iron Giant, ET, Jurassic Park and Buckaroo Banzai ones all come to mind). Sadly, this isn't one of them.
Aug. 9, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST
by milla jovovich
Aug. 9, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST
At least it fits the movie.
Aug. 9, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST
I look forward to the rave AICN review for PARANORMAN and KILLER JOE.
Aug. 9, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST
Aug. 9, 2012, 11 p.m. CST
Nordling...It's an "AIC Exclusive" because nobody else knows who Mondo is or thinks he has much talent!
by Artemis Webb
Why does AICN keep shilling for this guy?
Aug. 9, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST
MONDO is not a guy. It's a company of bad ass film loving geeks, employing incredible artists, cool properties and making killer cool posters of a print quality that GEEKS THAT LOVE THAT SHIT love. We happen to be those geeks. Now, I collect a whole lot wider than that. I collect for the purpose of a museum one day. It is why I share on my show advance glimpses of cool film treasures. MONDO is also not just posters, but posters for events and properties that a great many geeks covet and love. Why do we shill for them? TO SHOW THE WORLD THE COOL SHIT THEY DO. Same reason we have John Ary on Toys and Mark on Comics. We do this because we are geeks that love that stuff. Love TV. Love Movies. It is why it comes under COOL NEWS. Something that encompasses a great deal more if we can continue to grow. 1000s of readers love & hate the passionate hunt to acquire these posters - while many more collect only the digital art for their devices. However you look at it, to me... tis cool.
Aug. 9, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST
Aug. 10, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
talk about historical accuracy ( i was there ) i especially love how at the end you think there will be a counter attack..but all you get are dead bodies, barren misty post battleground, and plenty of sad british officer faces lamenting at what they know to be the downfall of benjamins stint as prime minister and colonial domination of native africans by british imperialists. awesome movie.
Aug. 10, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST
Commercial playing as I type this. Can't wait. Love the nasonex commercial so i might enjoy this. Is Antonio Banderas the cat in this one.
Aug. 10, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST
Aug. 10, 2012, 1:31 a.m. CST
I mean yeah we are geeks and all, but there are a lot of great guys that make awesome posters, not just these Mondo guys, sincerely at the begining their posters looked cool to me, but now, they al look the same, just use the same characters, 4 or 5 colors, and some black lines, that´s it, nothing special here...
Aug. 10, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST
So weird I just watched Zulu dawn and was mesmerized by how many naked chicks from LA are in that one. Some are pretty hot.
Aug. 10, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
but in my opinion the dusty black boob-eez gave the giant pitch black wave of death a cause..F*ck the colonials and their covered white women.
Aug. 10, 2012, 1:58 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
i am NOT kidding.
Aug. 10, 2012, 2:30 a.m. CST
If people love and want to buy Mondo posters, that's beyond fine with me. If someone gave me one as a present, I would graciously accept it. But let’s not beat around the bush – they're simply not that great to look at. Yes, it's Harry's website and he can put up whatever he wants. No, we don't have to buy anything we don't want to buy. But to pretend this is anything more than Harry having a connection to this poster company (and therefore being happy to pimp their wares) is ridiculous.
Aug. 10, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST
unwitty internet remarks from nobodys like myself so I'm just going to roll with it and state that the chin just dangling at that angle looks like testicles. Thankfully they omitted adding hair to the chin itself although that white curl coming from the head isn't helping matters.
Aug. 10, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST
Dangling at that angle, I'm honestly kind of surprised someone hasn't photoshopped a penis into the mouth to make it seem like he's awkwardly trying to groom Norman. Now I'm done.
Aug. 10, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST
I agree that some of their output we've seen on this site, specifically the Dark Knight Rises posters, were pretty weak. But there's so many whiney little bitches in these talkbacks. You cry and moan about fucking everything. For example, the little girls who complained about Joss Wheddon being hired to direct The Avengers. Fucking crybabies! This poster looks great, will look even greater with a nice mount/frame, so just shut the fuck up!
Aug. 10, 2012, 7:07 a.m. CST
by Doc Martigan
These guys are a bunch of hacks. A few of the posters have been good, but MOST of them are garbage. Garbage that they place in demand by making the supply extremely limited. They only make a certain number, and the sheep think that automatically makes them better or more desirable. It reminds me of all the "Limited Edition! Very Rare!" tags on ebay to try and make something fairly banal seem really, really important.
Aug. 10, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST
by Doc Martigan
Absolutely right. Per usual, Harry's endorsement means very little. Etsy has MUCH more talented poster designers, they don't cost as much, and they don't play the childish "Only 250 made! We sell them at a random time!" games.
Aug. 10, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST
Aug. 10, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
that shit was more rockstar then they intended.
Aug. 10, 2012, 8 a.m. CST
My fucking brain hurts D:
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST
Seriously, what am I missing? Harry and co. Have been gushing over this film for months. It doesn't look very landbreaking or special to me.
Aug. 10, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST
Most of these posts remind me of the FedEx commercial where the guy was upset because they weren't getting French Benefits. If you're going to have an opinion on Mondo, know a little bit about the company for crissakes. These guys do top notch work, and yeah, Tom Whalen's stuff is going to look like Tom Whalen did it. Same with Olly Moss. Doesn't take too trained of an eye to see a Picasso and understand who painted it. Great artists have a style and point of view.
Aug. 10, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST
I like that there's even a movie poster company gaining notoriety. The world's oldest movie poster store in LA. Anyone know if it's still around? They told me the rent was raised and they might
be closing last time I was there. That was years ago so I dunno.
Aug. 10, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST
So I'll be reading your "scoop" on the next Bill & Ted's movie in about 4 days?
Aug. 10, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST
Aug. 10, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST
This film got good "buzz" or something? It just looks like a children's movie. Why does anyone care?
Aug. 10, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST
I was gonna ask if anyone else is tired of the overly simple, flatly colored, boring, ugly designs that Mondo puts out... and this whole TB is people saying just that very thing.
Aug. 10, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST
First of all, c'mon. C'moooooooon. I think there's been one too many years of movies, TV shows, video games and "rock" bands pertaining to overweight slobs in glasses with rooms full of "mint, in-the-box" Spawn toys winning the day over the athletes, rich kids, dudes who get laid, etc., if you're insisting on throwing out terms like "bad-ass geek". Unless you're talking about video games, flame wars on a message board or head-to-head DOS programming, "bad-ass geek" is a fucking oxymoron.</p><p> Second, and while I'm hopeful that this doesn't even need to be pointed out: just because you love geeky film shit doesn't arbitrarily make you a talented artist, filmmaker, writer, producer, animator, whatever. That "one of us" qualifier should NOT be enough. There should also be, oh, I dunno ... genuine talent? Involved somewhere?</p><p> Third: most of those Mondo posters are pretty fugly, even if I have to compare them to the for-reals movie posters, which are made by some Asperger's guy with a hacksaw and Photoshop.<p><p> Fourth: "Send huge comp shipment of Mondo posters to ..."
Aug. 11, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST
There's been one or two that have been "Eh, that's kinda neat" but I think the John Carter one is the only one that elicited a "Oh, that's actually pretty cool" reaction. Just really not a fan of their usual 6-color circus poster style- it's nice for the occasional piece to pop out, but they really do blur together on the whole when there's so many. A lot of them come across more like "$10 t-shirts" than "Limited Edition Print!" (though, to be fair, this Paranorman one isn't quite that bad, but definitely falls decidedly within the mold).
Aug. 11, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST
... before you start making fan art posters of movies? How can you gather the true essence of the movie? And what if the movie sucks?
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST
but he was in ZULU. Which begs the question, film fans, which one do you recommend this movie geek to see, I don't want to watch both right now since it's about the same subject matter.
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 12:25 p.m. CST
check these out. http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/the-avengers-copy/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/drive/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/gremlins-copy/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/dawn-of-the-dead-copy/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/jurassic-park/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/captain-america/ http://www.mondoarchive.com/poster/they-live/ Oh snap, these guys are more talented and successful than all of you fat little troll boys rolled up into 1? Who'da guessed?
Aug. 11, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST
by Mike J
Or do you get these vastly over-praised posters for free or at least heavily discounted for all the coverage Aint It Crap Now gives them. Or are you just gonna spin the "geeks love 'em so we give them free advertsing" crap again?
Aug. 11, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST
Too bad he doesn't get more mainstream work. He could be the next the Struzan if someone like Spielberg would just give him a chance. http://thedudedesigns.blogspot.com/
Aug. 11, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
Like someone already pointed out, Michael Cain is in Zulu. I personally prefer Zulu over Zulu Dawn, mostly because of the ending (won't spoil it :D )
Aug. 11, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST
Aug. 11, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST
Gotta say, going into ParaNorman I really didn't know what to expect. I mean at best or even at worst it could have been just like Coraline. Depending on how you felt about that movie that's either a good thing or a bad thing. Thankfully, this is nothing like Coraline and even though I liked Coraline there are definitely some problems with the film. Poorly mixed audio and a weak story anyone? In the case of ParaNorman, Laika has done some brilliant work here. There are very, very few problems with the film. Only one really comes to mind and it's more of an artistic choice that I would have made differently. The audio is well balanced and you can actually hear everything that is said this time. Especially during the climax of the film. You know, when it's important. The story is pretty tight except for a few transitional areas and maybe with one throw away line about a character that never really goes anywhere. Now, this film is animated beautifully and having seen several behind the scenes talks this past week at Siggraph. Many on the process of blending the CG and Stop-Frame aspects of the film. As well as the creation of the puppets. You almost never know when a character is CG or a puppet. It's that damn good and if Laika can turn out more great films like this in a time frame that is faster than one every three or four years then they will definitely have a major impact on the animated film market. ParaNorman is a fun adventurous film that reminded me of the Goonies at times. It's really a great film and one I found to be highly entertaining. If you were on the fence on this one, don't be. It's totally worth seeing. Now from here I will get into the story and so I guess this is where I say, SPOILERS. Again SPOILERS AHEAD ParaNorman starts out with us watching a Zombie movie. Norman is actually the one watching the movie, but we aren't watching him watch the pulp film. No we are watching this film. At first I thought this was odd, funny, but odd. When we see Norman watching the movie he's sitting there with his grandmother and at first we don't know she's dead. Norman gets called into the kitchen and there is some genuinely funny parts where we are introduced to his parents and older sister. Especially where we find out that his grandmother is dead and that Norman can see and talk to her. Then we follow Norman to school. Now, if you happen to be unlucky enough to have the name "Norman" you might be drawn back into middle school where you will find all manor of bully and taunting awaiting you. Norman is the freaky kid at school that talks to dead people. All the time. Not that you didn't know that from the trailers but it's there. Everyone knows he talks to dead people, but they don't like it and they don't have a problem letting him know that. Norman is harassed, bullied, and generally shunned and picked on. Though the fat kid, Niel, that also gets picked on sees this and figures, what the hell. We can be friends. Then Norman has visions and things start to get worse for him. After school the Niel tries to make friends with Norman, but not before his Uncle Pendergast (the bum played by John Goodman) shows up alive and tells him that it's his destiny to prevent the witch's curse. Turns out Uncle Pendergast and Norman share a family trait. They can both see ghosts and talk to them. So, it's their duty to read from the book and prevent the witch's curse every year on the anniversary. Laika does a great job here explaining the story and keeping it light and funny while also making it feel a little creepy and uncomfortable. Definite sense of stranger danger even though Norman knows that the bum is his uncle. After Uncle Pendergast is scared away by Niel and his spicy hummus the two go build on their friendship a little and Uncle Pendergast goes back home for the book. Where he dies... hilariously. The next day in school Norman is visited in the bathroom by his Uncle and gets more explanation. Not much of one, but enough that Uncle Pendergast moves on. Norman starts to struggle with what he should do and ultimately decides to go and get the book and do what his Uncle asked. Unfortunately he doesn't know where the witch was buried and with the interference of the bully sort of unleashes the witch's curse. It's pretty intense and might be a bit too scary for younger kids when this happens. Zombies rise the town panics. There's a hilarious bit with a vending machine that I think Laika did perfectly here. Most of the jokes in the film are well crafted and executed and the funniest ones are NOT in the trailer thankfully. Oh yeah, back to Zombie chaos. So the town deals with Zombies like you would expect villagers to when going after Frankenstein's Monster. Chaos breaks out all over but not quite the way you would expect and given that there are only seven Zombies it seems like this town over reacts just a little. Especially when it comes to Norman, who is just trying to stop the curse and get the Zombies back in the ground. Okay, from here I get into the ending of the film... or at least I would if I didn't think you should go and see how it ends for yourself, and I do. Seriously, ParaNorman is a great film. The more I think about it the more I like it. This is easily the best thing that Laika has ever, and I mean EVER, done. It's way better than Aardman's Pirates Band of Misfits film from earlier this year and it makes me less excited for Frankenweenie which honestly looks pretty weak now after seeing ParaNorman. I can't wait to see what Laika has in store for audiences next.
Aug. 12, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST
The boiler needs to cool off
Aug. 12, 2012, 7:30 a.m. CST
...only the Gremlins one is rather good. The They Live one works decently too, since it's meant to act on a meta level as a fake poster from the film. The Drive one is better than the real poster, but nothing special (and I think that film was quite dull and overrated). The others are generic. That Tom "The Dude" Hodges They Live art was pretty awesome though- though I assume he isn't THE Tom Hodges (of Star Wars art and Red 5 Comics fame), whose style (when he does do the limited-color palette approach) can actually pull off what Mondo only tries to do
Aug. 12, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST
More women than men have complimented it, actually- the most "guido" thing I have ever owned: http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/rocky-3-mondo-poster.jpg And then this Wrath of Khan print: http://www.treknews.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/star-trek-wrath-of-khan-mondo-poster.jpg.jpg and this TOS print: http://www.treknews.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/mondo-star-trek-let-that-be-your-last-battlefield.jpg A lot of Mondo's stuff I pass on (particularly the Tyler Stout work, I just don't like the clutter) but when an artist pulls off something great, I'm going to make an effort to buy it.
Aug. 12, 2012, 10:21 a.m. CST
by Dan Halen
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST
I completely accept Harry's explanation. I've never been a posters guy - tho I owned that Farrah Fawcett one when i was a kid. Erstwhile, its Harry's site. We just read it.
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST
"I am a collector and I am auctioning off my memorabilia so I need representations for display, so run me a few full sized colors of this, this, and that.
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST
catering to the artistic taste of adult geekdom is not that difficult. art schools now have a freshman class called 2d design for geekdom 101.
Aug. 12, 2012, 6:31 p.m. CST
by jon pertwee
Aug. 12, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST
Aug. 13, 2012, 12:16 a.m. CST
...so we can all be spared any more of this vastly-overrated 'second year of Art College' bollocks.
Aug. 13, 2012, 3:01 a.m. CST
How many of the talk backers griping about this are the same ones that gripe about every other photoshop poster out there?
Fucking Christ, nothing makes you cunts happy, huh?
Aug. 13, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST
Mondo is based in Austin. PARANORMAN is 68% on RT. Draw your own conclusions.
Aug. 13, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST
has a great article on how this movie was painstakingly made...some stuff took all day to get a mere 8 seconds of film...this type of medium should be celebrated lest it get discarded like hand drawn animation appears to have been. eveything does not have to be cgi animation. i loved coaraline (and so did my kids) and we are both excited to see paranorman....as far as the poster goes...its cool.... dont understand the hullabaloo either way...its his site he can promote whatever he wants....you dont like it dont buy it...its that simple...sometimes being a contrarian just for the sake of being one just makes you look like a douche.
Aug. 13, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST
Like it's about some really wide person.
Aug. 13, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST
If you can swing it, it would be a cool contest for these posters. It is just an idea and would be appreciated. Thank you sirs and m'ams. -The Internet
Aug. 13, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST
by Jon Forbing
when I realize how many people's relationship with the internet in general (and AICN, specifically) is "wait until a post goes up, talk shit regardless of content". I have a mental image of an overweight man in a filthy studio apartment, in which everything is a hand-me-down except for a newer, incredibly expensive computer system (with the custom LED lights and everything). He sits, wearing only underwear, stroking his neckbeard, constantly refreshing aintitcool.com, until a new post pops up. As soon as it does, he excitedly yells "Sweet!", types out the words "THIS IS BULLSHIT", followed by around ten exclamation points, hits enter, then sits back in his chair, fully satisfied. "Nailed it..." he whispers, to no one.
Aug. 13, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST
Joe Kubert died yesterday. Age 85. One of the best artists ever, comix or otherwise. STILL NO OBIT/tribute........EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!
Aug. 13, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST
Duck Dodgers. now that was a great bit of art.
Aug. 15, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
And most of you need to DIAF, like pronto, because you too hate everything and nothing is ever "good", and as I said you're just all stupid, stupid cunts.
Aug. 15, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST
Same ones. Which means most of the stupid mother fuckers that post here. Wastes of DNA that should have been a stain on a woman's ass.
Aug. 18, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST
by Nick Hansen
Evil Dead print. Mondo is hit and miss to me, but that particular print was bottled lightening.
Aug. 19, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST
Coming to this late (was in Yellowstone for a week), but feel compelled to comment...The reason this style looks familiar is because it's from Tom Whalen, who does TONS of work for Mondo; but isn't, by any means, the only artist they commission (Tyler Stout, Olly, Daniel Danger, Phantom City Creative, Kevin Tong, and many more I'm missing). Commenting on how this looks like all the others is like saying, "Oh, look! A Picasso that has all the facial features in a different place...repetitive!" I have more than a few Whalen's (Jabba the Hutt, his "Ding!" Hector Salamanca from Breaking Gifs, and a couple of his Disney prints), and while they all have the same style, they are ALL top notch.
Aug. 19, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST
IF YOU GO TO SEE THIS MOVIE you are supporting an evil corporation. Phillip Knight of NIKE stole the Will Vinton Claymation studios away from Will Vinton in a hostile takeover and gave it over to his son to run.
People need to get more passionate about the neccessity for NON CGI 2D ANIMATED FILMS made by artists, NOT CORPORATE ENTITIES. I'm sure this movie is PRETTY, Coraline was PRETTY, but it seriously lacked the depth of the book it was based on. These films, with their artistic pretenses, aim squarely for mass suburban tastes, just like 150 dollar orange Nikes do. People need to stand up and fight Pixar and Laika- these are companies who are stealing from the underground and moving us farther and farther from the rich history of real handmade animation in this country. Even the Hensons are doing CGI now. Even the Muppets are owned by Disney, Sesame Street, which used to have cool animated interstitials, those are all made by computers, flick through the kids cable stations on Saturday morning EVERY SHOW LOOKS LIKE SHITTY PLAYSTATION GRAPHICS Kids are being cheated and we need to stand up and fight. Will Vinton, who invented Claymation, was fired from his own studio, AND NO ONE SAID A THING. Rights For Cartoons.
Aug. 20, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST
.....And may the odds be ever in your favor.
Aug. 21, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST
by MISTER RUMBLES
Make money as an artist by skateboarding over someone else's creative work. I think that's kind of lame.
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