THE TRUE FIGHT WILL BEGIN FROM NOW!!
October 11, 2005 8:51 AM   Subscribe

NEGADON!! "NEGADON - the Monster from Mars" is a "digital monster film", a film for the future. Similar in execution to the short film which eventually spawned "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow", Negadon is a 100% computer-generated short which has been cleverly designed to look like the old Japanese man-in-the-rubber-suit monster movies of the 50's. Even the posters look the part.
posted by 40 Watt (19 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Genius.

I am definately going to see this!
posted by KantoKing at 9:07 AM on October 11, 2005


Also being made into a film, RockFish.
posted by asok at 9:10 AM on October 11, 2005


Robox will kick his scrap-metal ass.
posted by Gamblor at 9:22 AM on October 11, 2005


Totally. Fucking. Excellent. I love how the story takes place in "昭和百年", a compact phrase that perfectly encapsulates its retro-futurism.
posted by adamrice at 9:30 AM on October 11, 2005


very cool
posted by StarForce5 at 9:30 AM on October 11, 2005


Nifty. I love this stuff.

I also liked the Gernsback/pulp sort of feel to Sky Captain.

I'd love to see some victorian steampunk Jules Verne sort of movies.

I don't know if the market is large enough tho.
posted by Smedleyman at 10:28 AM on October 11, 2005


I'd love to see some victorian steampunk Jules Verne sort of movies.

Me too. I wish there were more, and better made. I wonder if Perdido Street Station could be successfully adapted? While I liked LXG, I was still really let down.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:46 AM on October 11, 2005


This makes me very happy. Thank you for posting this.
posted by greasepig at 11:00 AM on October 11, 2005


Love the look. Thanks!
posted by kokogiak at 11:45 AM on October 11, 2005


I didn't catch this the first time, adamrice, but you have an interesting point. The characters translate as "Year 100 of the Showa Era." Since the Japanese often calculate dates based on the reign of emperors, this isn't literally true -- Showa began with the reign of Hirohito in 1926 (putting the year in question as 2026), but of course he was succeeded by his son Akihito in 1989, which makes this the Heisei Era. Since no one knows who will be emperor in 2026, dating from a past emperor does indeed make it retro-futurism.

Something else: isn't this supposed to be a monster from Mars? I didn't see anything about "Kasei" (Japanese for Mars) in those posters. There was a reference to the monster being from space and from some sort of planet, but nothing specific.
posted by bshock at 12:09 PM on October 11, 2005


One one hand, I'm thoroughly impressed by the sort of eye candy that small teams with limited means can now produce thanks to CG. The trailers are really looking good.
On the other hand, I wish that this technology was put to more interesting/novel/provocative uses than paying tributes to the popular culture of yesteryear. I can appreciate that too, but it's not like there has been a shortage of monster movies.
I second a CG adaptation of Perdido Street Station (and of the other books by China Mieville) : only CG (with live actors) could do justice to it and it's a CG artist's dream (or nightmare, given the amount of work needed).
posted by elgilito at 12:26 PM on October 11, 2005


For steam-punk, look no further than Steamboy!
posted by signal at 12:44 PM on October 11, 2005


bshock : "The characters translate as 'Year 100 of the Showa Era.' Since no one knows who will be emperor in 2026, dating from a past emperor does indeed make it retro-futurism."

It isn't just that. It's that the Showa has a very specific and strong "feel". The equivalent to us saying "the 60's" or "the 70's". So making it Showa 100 is a lot like making a retro American sci fi flick and saying it happens in "year 76 of the 1950's". The difference being that, unlike that phrase, Showa 100 actually makes grammatical sense, because as long as the emperor doesn't die, you really can have dates like that. It's just historical chance (and average life expectancy) that makes the Showa period be finished.

So, yeah, I like that date.
posted by Bugbread at 2:30 PM on October 11, 2005


I live in the 32nd year of 1973. I am happy here.
posted by freebird at 2:56 PM on October 11, 2005


Coralized direct link to trailer, for those experiencing slowness.
posted by dhartung at 7:36 PM on October 11, 2005


Megalodons are scary.
posted by snoktruix at 12:39 AM on October 12, 2005


asok, that was cool. Thanks.
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:44 PM on October 12, 2005



Totally. Fucking. Excellent. I love how the story takes place in "昭和百年", a compact phrase that perfectly encapsulates its retro-futurism.


How is it that the Japanese can communicate using only question marks?
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:46 PM on October 12, 2005


Citizen Premier : "How is it that the Japanese can communicate using only question marks?"

They know the ancient oriental secret of "having computers with fonts for your language".
posted by Bugbread at 8:57 PM on October 12, 2005


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