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January 25, 2013 6:45 AM   Subscribe

Chris Sanders (Co-Director of Lilo & Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon) shares several unused storyboards from his upcoming film The Croods.
posted by Brandon Blatcher (10 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
I saw the trailer, and it looks terrible, but Lilo & Stitch and How To Train Your Dragon were neither of them terrible, so now I am conflicted.
posted by jeather at 7:44 AM on January 25, 2013


Yeah, there's a reason I didn't link to the trailer.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:07 AM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love Chris Sanders work. I'm not sure what else to say, other than thanks!

For those who want to see more of his work, and who are maybe a little disappointed with the lack of a gallery on the website, Mr Sanders has also maintained a DeviantArt account, full of interesting things (including female nudes, a side to his work that doesn't feature in his mass market children's work for obvious reasons).
posted by lucien_reeve at 8:22 AM on January 25, 2013


There's something just creepy about the character design in THE CROODS. I can't put my finger on it.
posted by brundlefly at 8:30 AM on January 25, 2013


There's something just creepy about the character design in THE CROODS. I can't put my finger on it.

It's the uncanny valley, where the textures of the skin and shape of the face look close to human, but not quite. No doubt it's about making the characters look more "cave man" like, but design wise it looks creepy. Add on the fact that the story seems to be overly sweet and trite and the visual look just fails.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:42 AM on January 25, 2013


I'm more bothered by the reference to 4 million years ago. The first species of Homo are only from about 2.4 million years ago. How do we expect our kids to properly understand paleontology if we give them inaccurate dating like this?
posted by jb at 8:49 AM on January 25, 2013


Yeah, Brandon, I think part of it is the generic CG cartoon human design mixed with the caveman-style brows. Just... *shudder*

The woman in the storyboards looks distractingly pinup-y, but I think that's preferable to the half-human horrors they ended up with.
posted by brundlefly at 8:57 AM on January 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


There are some cute and somewhat Stitchish sketches in the blog post before the story boards on other Crood related stuff.

I've seen the trailer, and I'm mixed. In the end, though, he's done some great work, so I'll probably give the Croods the benefit of the doubt.
posted by Atreides at 9:16 AM on January 25, 2013


God damn, that is some gorgeous storyboarding. It's amazing how much better his drawings are than the final character design.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:16 AM on January 25, 2013


Wikipedia suggests that there are 6 speaking roles -- and 3 are for female characters voiced by women. In an animated film! That will probably tip me over into watching it in a theatre unless it gets really dreadful reviews.
posted by jeather at 12:43 PM on January 25, 2013


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