Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux:: Little Guy, Big Heart

I watched the teaser and the theatrical trailer of The Tale of Despereaux off the Apple Trailers site. The first thing that struck me was the amazing detail of the character and background animation shown throughout the production. I don't know which 3d studio handled this but the look hews much closer to the crisp, subtle detail of recent Pixar productions rather than the simple cartoony-ness of many other digital 'imitators'.

The story sounds quite well put together with a Small Guy-Big Heart theme wrapped in the middle of a Medieval Kingdom in Crisis (replete with damsel in distress) storyline. That is probably to be expected since the source material is apparently a well loved children's novel, but hey we all know
adaptations that have gone horribly, horribly wrong so let's not take anything for granted.

So it looks like Universal has a winner here with the on spot animation and the heartwarming (if conventional) storyline just in time for the Christmas season. The TrailerHound previction? 85%.

Universal Studios' The Tale of Despereaux is due out in theaters December 19th.

TrailerHound Previction: 85%

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