Friday, May 18, 2012
I really liked Monster House, but didn't exactly love it. The idea was cute and the script and voice performances were good, but the motion-capture animation just didn't quite work. The characters had interesting designs, but their movements were kind of stiff and weightless and their eyes often had an eerie, lifeless quality. (Click the image at left to buy the film on blu-ray.)
I would've been just as happy if they had shot the entire movie the same way they shot their storyboard animatics, using cheap plastic toys to act out the action scenes. The clip below illustrates this process. It's taken from the Youtube page of Rob Schrab, one of the guys behind the film. He's also helped bring us The Sarah Silverman Program, Scud the Disposable Assassin and other weird delights... But somehow, I doubt he's ever had more fun with any of his projects than he did making this clip.
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