Tuesday, December 1, 2009

News - 12/01/09...

UPDATE: Vote for "Tickle Me Silly" in Nickelodeon's Animation Festival!!!

Miguel Martinez-Joffre, director at World Leaders Entertainment, has had his short film "Tickle Me Silly", NYTVF 2008 winner for "Best Animated Pilot", selected as a finalist for the 2009 Nickelodeon Film Festival -

Here's the skinny from Miguel himself:

Tickle Me Silly on NICKELODEON!

Most Awesomest News Ever!

My film,
“Tickle Me Silly”, was selected as a finalist for the 2009 Nickelodeon Film Festival and will air on Nickelodeon on Wed. Nov 18, at 4:38 pm. Don’t miss it!

But wait! There’s more! Now I need your help. PLEASE GO AND VOTE for my film for the Viewers Choice Award. Tell your friends, family, kids, mailmen, and your cat to spread the love and vote for my film. In return, I’ll personally hug you, kiss you and/or give you a kick in the shins… I’ll even let you choose.

Please help an Amigo out and vote, thanks so much!


Go HERE to vote!!

Good luck Miguel!

UPDATE: Miguel's film "Tickle Me Silly" won the Viewers Choice Award in the Nickelodeon Animation Festival.

Congrats Miguelito!

Now to figure out who gets the hug, the kiss and/or the kick in the shins - decisions, decisions....

Must-see: Bullet-time scene from The Matrix made with LEGOs


A fan who calls himself Lego Agent Jones has created a LEGO version of a bullet-time scene from the first Matrix movie, which you can view below.

Here's the official description:

After around 440 hours of work, and just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original movie release, we are pleased to present to you our Lego version of the famous Bullet Time dodge scene from The Matrix.

Read more about it at LegoMatrix.com.

Below is a side-by-side comparison.

(Thanks to geekologie for the heads-up.)

Another Clip from The Princess and the Frog

About two weeks until Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest feature arrives in theaters. The Princess and the Frog is getting some rather strong reviews, and the animation looks top notch. Here’s a clip titled It Didn’t End Well.

Snoekx Delivers the Hamster World News

Some funny hamster mess with cows – that’s about all I understand from this ad produced by Snoekx. It’s for Hamsterweken.

The Last?

The final curtain, we're informed, is near ....

Even fairy tales must come to an end.

The once-upon-a-time spoofing that began with 2001's
Shrek will conclude when Shrek Forever After, the fourth computer-animated comic adventure starring the hygiene-challenged ogre — and the first in 3-D — arrives May 21.

Sorry, but I don't buy this "conclusion" thing.

Did Sinatra ever really retire? Did Cher actually give her last "farewell" concert?

Of course not. The end only comes with death, and even that won't stop Shrek. The franchise pulls down too much money.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

AAI "mini-semester" starts January 4

Artist: Nicole Duet

The American Animation Institute, TAG's education program, has announced a "mini-semester" of classes starting in early January.

Registration is now open, and we encourage you to sign up as soon as you can since many of these classes will fill up. To register, call (818) 845-7000 during office hours, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. After registering by phone, make out checks to the American Animation Institute and send to: 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Your place in class is not guaranteed unless you have registered and paid. Payment is due by December 30, 2009. No refunds will be given after the first day of class.

Classes are listed in full below the fold. A PDF version of the flyer is available here. (Mistakes in the version attached to the earlier e-mail have been corrected.)

American Animation Institute Winter 2010 "Mini-Semester January-February 2010

Day classes

• Head and Figure Painting - Instructor: Karl Gnass - Fee: $150.00 - 6 Mondays, January 4-February 8, 9:30 am to 4 pm

This course deals with the fundamentals and development of head and figure painting. Attention will be given to anatomy, structure and form followed with emphasis on character, mood and action. We will examine and explore different theories of color, the value scale, direct and indirect light and procedures used by various artists throughout history. There will be a running dialogue about composition and its importance. A one-day lecture tour of a Los Angeles museum is included. Finally, a look at personal approach, inviting the student to challenge established norms and limitations.

artist: Glenn Vilppu

• Basic Figure Drawing and Anatomy - Instructor: Glenn Vilppu - Fee: $210.00 - 9 Tuesdays, January 5-March 2, 10:30 am to 4 pm

Classical figure drawing, with discussions of the application of anatomy to drawing.

• Painting The Still Life - Instructor: Nicole Duet - Fee: $100.00 - 5 Thursdays, January 14-February 11, 10 am to 2:30 pm

Painting from the still life is one of the most quietly rewarding ways for students of all levels to develop the skills of a painter. This class covers fundamentals of paint handling and color mixing, and how to create the illusion of light, form and atmosphere. This class can provide either an in depth introduction to oil painting or a deepening of the student's understanding as a painter. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. Call for supply list.

artist: Karl Gnass

• Morphing Life Drawings Into Character Drawings - Instructor: Karl Gnass - Fee: $125.00 - 5 Fridays, January 8-February 5, 9:30 am to 4 pm

We will utilize life-drawing concepts, reviewing and clarifying them, to transform figures into characters for storytelling and animation. We will also work on character development and expression for portfolios.

• 2D (Traditional) Animation Workshop - Instructors: Alex Topete and Michael Polvani - Fee: $70.00 - 3 Saturdays, January 16-January 30, 9 am to noon

This intensive workshop in traditional animation basics will offer students practice in thumbnailing poses, staging, refining attitudes, acting and character expressions, dialogue, timing for animation, inbetweening, creating exposure sheets, and continued emphasis on drawing fundamentals. Students can expand their 2D reel in class working on an individual project or collaborating on a short team exercise. Students may work in Flash (on their own laptops) or with pencil and paper (using classroom pencil-test equipment).

Evening Classes

• Life Drawing - Instructor: Karl Gnass - Fee: $90.00 - 6 Mondays, January 4-February 8, 7 pm to 10 pm

A basic foundation figure drawing class. Emphasis on fundamentals of observing, interpreting and describing form. Procedures used inquick sketch, construction and fundamentals of volume and structure. The goal is to develop the ability to draw with skill and imagination.

• Draped Figure and Costume - Instructor: Karl Gnass - Fee: $180.00 - 12 Wednesdays and Thursdays, January 7-February 12, 7 to 10 pm

We will take the confusion out of drapery by covering the important basic folds and how they relate to non-active folds and wrinkles. We will also explore the expressive qualities of drapery, drapery as costume, and costume as character.

• Color and Composition - Instructor: Nicole Duet - Fee: $75.00 - 5 Wednesdays, January 13-February 10, 7 to 10 pm

A workshop focusing on the basic visual and aesthetic interactions of color. Topics include developing sensitivity in color perception and intensive practice in mixing color. Special focus on color harmony, dynamic color as an aspect of composition, and learning to use color to create effects of luminosity, depth and atmosphere in a painting. Students also develop a basic understanding of color as it relates to composition and form, including discussion of historical examples of color use in painting. Call for supply list.

To register, call (818) 845-7000. After registering by phone, make out checks to the American Animation Institute and send to: 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505. Payment is due by December 30, 2009. No refunds will be given after the first day of class.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

Another Fox Animation

Apparently the House of Rupert won the bidding war for this 'toon.

Fox has partnered with Matthew McConaughey to develop an animated TV comedy based on his brother's life.

"My brother's life is so unbelievable, we had to animate it," McConaughey said.

My questions are: Where will it be done, when will it be done, and can we get the series under a contract?

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

"Mullewapp" wins at Argentina's Expotoons festival

Tony Loeser's "Mullewapp - Das grosse Kinoabenteuer der Freunde," a German-Italian-French co-production, won first place in the feature film category at Expotoons Festival Internacional de Animacion in Buenos Aires.

Held as part of the Ventana Sur film market, Expotoons ended Saturday. Jury award winners were announced Friday.

Boogie, the oily one, directed by Gustavo Cova of Argentina, won second place in the feature film category.

In short films, first place went to Lost and Found, directed by Philip Hunt of the United Kingdom. The Way To Heaven, by Dalton Grant and Mier Tang of the United States, came in second.

Dossiê Rê Bordosa, directed by Brazil's Cesar Cabral, won special mention.

First place in the TV series category went to France's Oggy et les Cafards (Oggy and the Cockroaches), directed by Olivier Jean-Marie. Life's A Zoo, directed by Alex Gorelick of Canada, took second place.

A special mention was given to The Ancient China, an Argentina-Spain co-production directed by Federico Badía. The Autodesk Award in the TV series category went to Dr. W, directed by Spain's Muyi Neira.

A Sheep on the Roof (France), directed by Rémy Schaepman, won first place in the graduation short category. Second place went to Mobitel Mania (Croatia), directed by Darko Vidackovic. A Black Little Square, by Tomasz Siwinski of Poland, won special mention.

In the advertising production category, first place went to "The master of the soups"/"Wheelbarrow," directed by Reino of Argentina. Another Argentine entry, "Capuccine duck"/"Common Toucan," took second place; it was directed by Andrés Alvarez, Agustín Torre and Ramón Lopez.

Special mention was given to two Milk Dots Compilations from Canada: "Growth," directed by Steve Angel and Sean Branigan, and "Strength," by Paul Parvulescu, Isaac King, Angel and Julian Grey.

Four animated films up for 14th Satellite Awards

"Up," "The Princess and the Frog," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs" are the animated entries up for the Satellite Awards, presented by the International Press Academy.

They're among the nominees in the Animated or Mixed Media Film category of the 14th annual Satellite Awards. Nominations were announced Sunday by the IPA.

Also nominated in the category are Where the Wild Things Are and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Two Randy Newman tunes from Disney's The Princess and the Frog have been nominated in the Song category: "Almost There" and "Down in New Orleans." They're competing against "I Can See In Color" (Mary J. Blige), from Precious; "Cinema Italiano" (Maury Yeston), from Nine; "The Weary Kind" (Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett), from Crazy Heart; and "We Are the Children of the World" (Terry Gilliam), from The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Up received a second Satellite nomination for original screenplay (by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter). It's vying in the category against live-action contenders Bright Star, The Hurt Locker, (500) Days of Summer and A Serious Man.

Fantastic Mr. Fox was given a nod in the Visual Effects category. Also in the running are Transformers: Rise of the Fallen, Red Cliff, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, District 9 and 2012.

Founded in 1996, the IPA represents over 100 entertainment journalists. The group's annual Satellite Awards gala honors the most outstanding achievements in the fields of cinema, TV and interactive media.

Nominations were announced in 22 film categories and 12 TV categories, as well as seven DVD and five video-game categories.

The awards will be presented December 20 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, California.

Animation Magazine Habla Espanol at Expotoons

Animation Magazine had long been a resource for animators and animation fans around the world and now, for the first time, has published a Spanish-language edition that had its debut at the just-concluded Expotoons event in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"We are thrilled to be able to produce our first Spanish-language edition and launch it in Argentina at the Expotoons conference and festival,” said Jean Thoren, president of Animation Magazine. “There are so many talented animation industry professionals and students who have faithfully read Animation Magazine over the past 23 years in English who will now enjoy reading our global news in their native language.”

The new edition is the first part of an overall effort to reach Spanish-language audiences around the world. "We plan to distribute the Spanish edition digitally at first and as our subscriber base grows eventually offer the magazine in its paper form at selected shows throughout Latin America and Spain,” said Thoren. “We are hoping to dedicate a portion of our website to Spanish news and blogs in the near future, and will shortly be accepting news and press releases in Spanish for publication."

The special edition was produced with the help of Rosanna Manfredi, the creator and general manager of Expotoons and Maggie Stagnaro, the show’s artistic director. The edition also owes a debt to Ana Menendez and Encuadre Studio, who provided invaluable translation and publishing resources.

The issue’s cover story spotlights Planet 51, a CG-animated feature made by the Spanish studio Illion Animation. “This inventive CG-animated feature is the kind of project that reflects the new international spirit and revitalized energy that we are experiencing in our favorite art form this year,” says Ramin Zahed, editor in chief of the magazine.

Thoren says the magazine is seeking out people who love and work in animation to contribute articles about the Latin American and Spanish animation industries. “There is a thirst for news about this segment of the industry, both from animators and animation fans around the world,” Thoren says.

Be sure to visit Animation Magazine Online daily for further updates, as well as for information on subscriptions and our 20th anniversary book.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Anima Adds Post Services to Gaturro

Anima Studios in Mexico has signed on to co-produce the animated feature Gaturro, joining lead producer Illusion Studios of Argentina and Toonz Animation India.

Anima will carry out post-production on the film, which is about a cat TV star and is set to bow in theaters in Argentina and India in 2010, according to Variety. A digital 3-D version of the film is planned.

"The Latin American market is highly appealing for potential European partners," Gaston Cami, VP of international sales and co-productions for Illusion, told the trade last week during the Expotoons festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

Argentine Campanella to Direct Foosball Feature

Juan Jose Campanella, the Argentine director of El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes), is preparing to direct the animated feature film Metegol (Foosball).

The film, which Variety reports has an estimated budget of just under $9 million, is about a foosball team that tries to get back together after its table is dismantled. Based on the short story Memorias de un wing derecho (Memories of a Right Winger) by Roberto Fontanarrosa, the film is eyeing a release in 2012 or 2013.

Campanella will co-write the script with his Secret collaborator Eduardo Sacheri as well as Gaston Gorali and Axel Kuschevatzky.

In addition to features, Campanella has directed episodes of the United States television series House and Law & Order.

(Thanks Animation Magazine)

A Year with Three Stop-Motion Oscar Noms?

After I did this interview with Canada’s National Post about trends in feature animation, I got to thinking about whether there might be the potential for three stop-motion Oscar nominations this year. That scenario is beginning to look like a distinct possibility with three top-notch contenders: The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mary and Max and Coraline. Since the inception of the Animated Feature Oscar, there have been only two stop-motion nominees, Corpse Bride and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which took home the Academy Award in 2005.

(Thanks cartoon brew)

DreamWorks Animation Walking Tour

Though you wouldn't know it from recent posts, I've been bopping through studios at a steady rate, just not writing about it.

How many times can you say: "The crew at [Studio X] continues to work on [blank]."? Bo-ring.

Today was a hectic sprint through multiple studios, starting with Nick's Kung Fu Panda satellite unit* where the first season of KFP the TeeVee version is under way, and the wish of the crew is that there will be a second season.

Next up was the nosebleed section of Cartoon Network, followed by DreamWorks Animation in the afternoon. The story team on The Croods is driving toward a screening for the head guy in January, when they will roll out the revised storyline.

"I think it's the first time the whole feature will be up on reel. We've made some changes ..."

Meantime, the Associated Press reports that DreamWorks Animation's stock, after a pullback, is again on the rise:

... Caris & Co. analyst David Miller said investors bought up DreamWorks shares after Walt Disney Co. announced its $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment Inc. in August, fueling speculation that DreamWorks might be purchased as well.

But when the buyout possibility dimmed over the past months, DreamWorks shares fell 15 percent from a
"frothy" 52-week high, the analyst said.

As such, Miller upgraded the stock to
"Average" ... "The market is now resigned to the notion that a take-out of DreamWorks Animation will not happen anytime soon," he said in a research note.

I've thought for a long time that DWA was a ripe take-over target, but there doesn't seem to be any big-money takers out there at present. (Could the September 2008 meltdown put a damper on Dreamworks' acquisition prospects? Naah ...)

DWA crews have told me they think How to Train Your Dragon is a winner, and Shrek IV is almost sure to be a box office behemoth. I have no idea how Oobermind, launching in the Fall, will perform. But that's three animated features out in the marketplace in 2010, so DreamWorks' cash flow should be strong.

All in all, DWA seems poised to continue thriving as an animation stand-alone, and Jeffrey's athletic high-wire act continues.

* The Nick unit is located in a secret location in the magical highlands of Burbank. Please keep this to yourselves.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

'Toons' Foreign Progress

Here in Britain's former colonies, Disney's A Christmas Carol continues to roll right along. As of yesterday, CC was an eye lash short of $105 million. And the picture is doing fine overseas:

"Disney's A Christmas Carol" ... opened in seven markets, grossing $22.1 million from 5,328 sites overall in 48 territories. "Christmas Carol's" foreign cume stands at $94 million ... Holdover markets proved strong, providing $15.3 million of the weekend total, down a mild-mannered 28 percent from the previous frame. ...

So with CCearning serious coin overseas, what kind of accumulation of dollars will it have? After theater runs, dvd sales, and TV broadcasts, will it go into the black? I'm thinking yes, sooner or later. There are a lot of Christmases yet to come.

Meanwhile, there are other animated features unspooling in foreign lands.

... [A]nimation adventure "Planet 51," [had] solid openings in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil [and] produced $6.4 million on the weekend. The biggest contributor was Spain, where the title from Handmade Films and Ilion Animation grabbed a No. 2 spot with $4.3 million from 442 locations.

Spain, of course, was where Planet 51 was made. Jerry Bruckheimer also had toonage in play.

"G-Force" opened in China ($1.5 million from 300 screens), and drew $2.3 million overall during the weekend. The overseas gross for the animation title from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is $161.8 million.

So let's see. G-Force's foreign take, combined with its $119.4 million domestic gross, now runs the guinea pigs to a grand, worldwide total of $281.2 million.

Not too bad.

(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)

Iron Man can't quit War Machine! Iron Man 2 poster revealed!

Hooray for Iron Man, promising to save Summer 2010 from the big budget event film doldrums of this past summer.

Yahoo Movies has the exclusive first look at the Iron Man 2 Teaser Poster featuring War Machine looking all badass and stuff. Click the link to visit Yahoo's site.

What do you folks think? Can't wait to see the teaser trailer, which is rumored to hit sometime in December... I wonder what big Paramount movie comes out in December that just might have this trailer on it... hrmm....

'Spider-Man 4' Without Tobey Maguire? Franchise Star Explains Why He Almost Didn't Return

While everybody and their grandmother is busy figuring out who the villain in "Spider-Man 4" is, few have stopped to acknowledge that the film's very existence wasn't always a certainty — not with Tobey Maguire's involvement, at least.

The actor spoke with The Boston Globe about his upcoming fourth stint as Peter Parker under the directorial eye of Sam Raimi, a collaboration that nearly didn't happen in the first place. According to Maguire, his decision to return for "Spider-Man 4" wasn't an easy choice to make.

"It's not that I was reluctant," he said. "For me, it's a big process to decide whether or not to do a role. ... I have to wake up in the morning and feel like I can't wait to get to work. I've got to feel OK about leaving my kids for 12 or 13 hours a day for five months. It's a big commitment."

Ultimately, of course, Maguire decided that the commitment was worth it. He's already discussed the copious Black Cat rumors and expressed his interest in The Lizard as a lead villain, but those aren't the aspects of "Spider-Man 4" that spark the actor's interest the most — for Maguire, it's all about Peter Parker.

"Hopefully I'll be able to evolve the character in a new direction," he said. "He'll still be Peter Parker, but I hope I can move him forward a bit and take him to a place where there will be new challenges for me as an actor."

As long as that evolution doesn't involve further dance numbers, I think most fans will be happy with Maguire propelling the webslinger forward in the latest "Spider-Man" movie.

The greatest apocalyptic robot movie you will see all day

It's this five-minute video from Uruguayan commercial director Fede Alvarez, "Ataque de panico!" (Panic Attack), in which giant freaking robots invade Montevideo.

The video so impressed Sam Raimi that his Ghost House Pictures has made a deal with Alvarez to direct a movie based on the short, Variety reports. Kinda like District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, whose sci-fi movie grew out of a video short.

The short, which Alvarez produced through his commercial production house, cost less than $500! You can watch it below.

Star Trek's never-aired 'lost' pilot rediscovered (video)

Most everybody knows there were two pilots for the original Star Trek, but did you know there was a third alternate version? This blast from the past will be available on Blu-ray when CBS Home Entertainment releases Star Trek: The Original Series—Season 3 on Dec. 15, along with plenty of third-season extras.

"When we first discovered the original film print existed, we jumped at the chance to give Star Trek fans the opportunity to add this never-aired pilot to their collections," said Ken Ross, executive vice president and general manager of CBS Home Entertainment. "It will be a real treat for fans to see and hear how it all could have begun."

One of the surprises about this alternate version is Captain Kirk's opening monologue, which goes like this:

Enterprise Log, Captain James Kirk commanding. We are leaving that vast cloud of stars and planets which we call our galaxy. Behind us, Earth, Mars, Venus, even our Sun are specks of dust. ... The question, what is out there in the black void beyond? Until now our mission has been that of space law regulation, contact with Earth colonies and investigation of alien life. ... But now, a new task. A probe out into where no man has gone before.

Considering that, we think the rewrite was way successful. Somehow we wouldn't want to trade "To boldly go where no man has gone before" with "But now, a new task. A probe out into where no man has gone before." It just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Take a look at some alternate-version clips that have already been circulated:

Rumor control: Hobbit start pushed to mid-2010?

Has production of The Hobbit been pushed to the middle of next year?

That's the news from TheOneRing.net, based on an interview with producer Peter Jackson posted by the German movie site moviereporter.net.

Here's what Jackson told the German site (translated from German, which we presume was translated from English; take it with a grain of salt):

"We're currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we've received no green light from the studio yet."

The Hobbit, to be directed by Guillermo del Toro, was initially thought to begin production in March.

It's unclear whether this is all speculative or whether it will affect the envisioned December 2011 release date of the first movie (to be followed by a second Hobbit in December 2012).

Fan mashes up Star Trek and The A-Team (video)

Star Trek fans have been busy: Here's a new mashup, from a Trekker who calls himself PhantomKnight, of J.J. Abrams' movie and the credit sequence narration and music for the old 1980s TV show The A-Team.

Does this make Sulu the Faceman or Howling Mad Murdock?

Speaking of Murdock, wouldn't it be funny if there were a Lt. Barclay on the new Enterprise? Even though, you know, it's not the next generation or anything.

Star Trek's now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Joe Quesada Says 'Thor' Movie Will Redefine The Superhero Genre

Not long ago, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada and writer Brian Michael Bendis gushed about their excursion to the set of "Thor," the Kenneth Branagh-directed superhero movie filming in January.

Despite the creative duo's enthusiasm, however, it's difficult for some fans to imagine how the fantasy-based "Thor" will align with the more realistic universe established in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" films. But according to Quesada, those worriers should cast aside any doubts in "Thor," as the film promises to overhaul the superhero genre entirely.

"['Thor' is] so cool, and I don't want to use the word unusual, but it is unusual in the sense that it redefines what a super hero movie can be," Quesada told Comic Book Resources regarding the upcoming film. "It's not the expected story or settings. That part of it is incredibly exciting to me."

In addition to the "terrific" casting and the "breathtaking" costume and set design, Quesada pointed towards Branagh's own enthusiasm as a reason for his confidence in "Thor."

"There was a point during the discussion of the most recent draft of the screenplay where a particular plot point was put up to the group for discussion," said the editor-in-chief. "Branagh and some in the group had a particular idea of how it should play, while some others felt differently. I was in the opposite camp, but as we discussed the differences, I'm sitting there listening to Branagh act out his version of the scene with gusto and passion and I had to stop him and say, 'If you said to me right now, 'Then Thor kills 100 puppies in an animal shelter' I'd say it was fantastic.'"

Despite having high hopes for "Thor," Quesada admitted that moviegoers will undoubtedly approach the film with pre-established expectations.

"If you're a comics fan, you'll have a preconceived notion of what you're going to get," he said. "If you're a non-comics fan, you'll have another notion of what the movie is all about. And what's really amazing is that both groups will walk away going, 'I've never seen anything like this before within the super hero genre.'"

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Reynolds Says 'Green Lantern' Won't Be A 'Labored Origin Story'

Last week, we explained why "Deadpool" and "Green Lantern" actor Ryan Reynolds is one of the actors we're thankful for this year around MTV HQ. In fact, he's the actor we're most thankful for this year — and not just because he shared more details with us about the pair of upcoming, much-anticipated comic book movies he's starring in soon. (Though that was certainly an added bonus!)

After offering up some thoughts about Green Lantern's costume, Reynolds told MTV News that the scenes in which Hal Jordan isn't in costume will likely be the most memorable from the film — much like Robert Downey Jr.'s time spent out of Tony Stark's armor in "Iron Man."

"I think you walk away from this first film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike 'Iron Man,' are the moments where the guy's not in the suit," said Reynolds.

However, Reynolds acknowledged that developing those moments amid the cosmic action central to "Green Lantern" is a daunting task — after all, a test pilot who receives a super-powered ring from a dying alien is likely to demand a much different tone than a billionaire industrialist building his own battle armor.

"That to me is the tough thing to get right," he explained. "And that's something that they did get right [in 'Iron Man']. You see why this guy's in the suit, and that's what's interesting to me. Not that he is in the suit, but why."

With "Green Lantern" scheduled to begin shooting next year (possibly in New Orleans), Reynolds shied away from calling the film's plot an origin story, despite the need to introduce Hal Jordan to mainstream movie audiences.

"It is [an origin story] to a certain degree, but it's not a labored origin story, where the movie [truly] begins in the third act," he explained. "The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins."

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