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Ant-Man Trailer

Disney released the first (human sized!) trailer for Ant-Man last night during the premiere of Agent Carter.


We get a good look at Scott Lang and Hank Pym, and a brief glance of Hope Van Dyne.  I’m not super duper familiar with the Scott Lang story line, when I think of Ant-Man I think of foul tempered domestic abuser Hank.  No doubt the affable Paul Rudd as Lang will be a bit more sympathetic. I do know that in the Scott Lang storyline in the comics Lang steals the suit (or Pym Particles or something) and that in this trailer he seems to be gifted them by Hank, which again was probably to make the character more likeable.

The screenplay was written by Adam McKay, who is known for Anchorman, Talladega Nights and The Other Guys.  So this should be pretty funny, though you wouldn’t really know it from this teaser.

Are you excited for Ant-Man?  It’ll be released right around my birthday in July, so I’m pretty pysched!

Big Hero 6 Fun Facts

Big Hero 6 Fun Facts

If you read my review you know that I *loved* Big Hero 6, as did the rest of my family.  It’s  rare to find a family-friendly film that is truly entertaining for our whole family (a fidgety 7 year old, a jaded teen, and two cynical parents), but Disney once again did the job.  Apparently everyone everywhere agrees, because Big Hero 6 was the #1 movie this week.

Disney sent me some very cool fun facts to share with you.  No spoilers here, so if you’re still planning on going you can use these facts to enhance your experience!  I especially love the geeky facts about how Denzien, Disney’s proprietary crowd-creating system, helped the animators make tons of unique characters to fill San Fransokyo, and the fact that several cast members are real-life robotics enthusiasts!

CHARACTERS

SLAM DUNK – Baymax is 6 feet tall and 75 pounds—until Hiro mechs him out. Baymax, in
his super suit, is more than 7 feet tall and can lift 1000 pounds. “He’s all air,” says head of animation Zach Parrish.
 
GO AHEAD – Artists looked at actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Gary Cooper and other cowboys to study cool, emotionally reserved traits while developing GoGo Tomago’s look and personality.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BLINK – Baymax sports a standard nine-frame-blink, says head of animation Zach Parrish. “We play with the speed of his blink throughout the film, but for the most part, it’s a standard blink. It’s the amount of time we give the audience to think before he blinks that says a lot—the longer it is, the more time he’s processing. A double blink shows confusion. We used that a few times in the film. That could be an acting choice for a human character, too.”

NEED FOR SPEED – Artists looked at speed skaters to inform the body type and movement for GoGo Tomago, a passionate student of speed.

DUUUUUUDE – Artists studied snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers to develop movement and posture for Fred.

CHILL OUT – Wasabi, at one time, was a very Zen character with very Zen dreadlocks. When filmmakers tweaked his personality, they initially decided the neatnik wouldn’t be a fan of the not-oft-shampooed-do and gave him a haircut. The look didn’t last. It turns out, everyone was just too attached to his cool locks.


LOOSE TOOTH – To ensure Hiro’s charming gap-toothed grin stayed intact from any angle, controls were added to his teeth so animators could make adjustments as needed.

TALENT
ROBOT LOVE – Ryan Potter, who voices Hiro in “Big Hero 6,” was obsessed with building robots as a kid. “I was 9 or 10 when I got a robotics kit,” he says. “I absolutely love science.”

MORE ROBOT LOVE – Genesis Rodriguez, who lends her voice to Honey Lemon in “Big Hero 6,” was on her school’s robotics team. “I was a welder,” she says. “So I made sure my weldings were just perfect and very aesthetically pleasing as well. People didn’t expect us to be so good. That was the beauty of it. We were just this bright group of girls who had an idea, executed it and beat the guys.”

SMART GUY – James Cromwell, who lends his voice to Professor Robert Callaghan,
studied at Carnegie Mellon University (then called Carnegie Tech). “Big Hero 6” filmmakers spent time at the school, learning all about the innovative field of soft robotics, which ultimately inspired Baymax, a huggable vinyl robot that takes care of people.

FULL CIRCLE – As a child, Damon Wayans Jr., who provides the voice of Wasabi, wanted to be an animator when he grew up. He even studied animation after graduating high school before he decided to pursue acting.

FILMMAKING

LET IT GROW – The “Big Hero 6” animation team topped 100 members (103, to be exact). That’s about 15 more animators than 2013’s feature film “Frozen.”


MARTIAL ARTISTS – Filmmakers selected karate to broaden Baymax’s skillset—but animators had to adjust some of the movements to work for the voluminous character’s build. A few members of the team visited a nearby martial arts studio to get a feel for the practice. Pros were asked to attempt some of the moves while on their knees to simulate Baymax’s signature proportions.

I CAN FLY – Filmmakers consulted with flight specialist Jason McKinley, who worked on both “Disney’s Planes” and “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” to choreograph and execute the flight sequences with Baymax and Hiro.

670’S A CROWD – Walt Disney Animation Studios’ proprietary system Denizen allowed filmmakers to create bigger, more believable crowds for “Big Hero 6.” created around 670 unique characters, compared to 270 in “Frozen,” 185 in “Wreck-It Ralph” and 80 in “Tangled.”

  • Each of the 670 characters has up to 32 different clothing look combinations, plus 32 different hair and skin tones. That means, filmmakers could invite 686,080 unique characters to the San Fransokyo party before there were any exact repeats. 
  • Denizen was made available to everyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios and employees were encouraged to model themselves in the system to join the crowd. More than 200 characters were created, and employees will see themselves up on the big screen—walking among the “Big Hero 6.”

COUNT ON IT — The “Port of San Fransokyo” scene has over 6000 people in it

  • 23 districts were built in 3D.
  • 83,149 lots of the 150,000 in all of San Francisco were built.
  • 18.8 million building parts.
  • 215,000 streetlights.
  • 260,000 trees.

Phase 3 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Unveiled

Phase 3 of The Marvel Cinematic Universe Unveiled

With Halloween costume making taking up so much of my time this week, I neglected to report on some of the most exciting news in all of Geekdom.  Marvel is putting out EVERY SINGLE MOVIE EVER!   Well, not really, but they have definitely listened to their fans and have announced a slate that showcases diversity (Capatin Marvel is a woman in most comic iterations and Black Panther is the first black superhero to star in a mainstream comic ) as well as returning cinematic universe favorites Captain America, Thor, the Avengers (THREE NEW AVENGERS MOVIES!!) and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Robert Downey, Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
at the announcement of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3
Of course casting speculation is already running rampant. If you type “who will play” into Google, the first auto-complete suggestion is “Doctor Strange”. Benedict Cumberbatch was supposedly officially cast, until that was refuted by the bigwigs at Marvel.  There is already a social media campaign to cast Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff as Captain Marvel in a movie that isn’t even scheduled to be released until 2018.  Chadwick Boseman  is confirmed as Black Panther, as he will debut in Captain America: Civil War.
As comic fans do, even Super-Dad and I had our nit picks, personal favorites and praise for both confirmed and speculated casting choices.  Could Katee Sackhoff really embody the “girliness” of Captain Marvel?  Sackhoff is known for playing toughies and Carol Danvers definitely has a more fragile side historically.  Cahdwick Boseman has definitely shown his acting chops with his lauded performances as James Brown and Jackie Robinson, but my first thought upon seeing a recent photo of him was “He’s going to have to bulk up”.  Clearly these are “problems”  that can be easily taken care of by talented actors and good personal trainers, but we’re geeks and it’s how we do, I personally, would love to see Beyonce as Captain Marvel, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. 
Seriously, though,,,Beyonce!
Here’s the lineup:
  • 5/1/15 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 
  • 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN 
  • 5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
  • 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE 
  • 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 
  • 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
  • 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
  • 5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
  • 7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
  • 11/2/18 – INHUMANS
  • 5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II
Who do you want to see play your favorite Marvel character?  Let me know in the comments!