Iron Giant was arguably one of the greatest animated films of all time, yet it fell on it’s feet at the box office due to executive fear and suppression of advertising which is odd since Warner Bros was literally frothing at the mouth to get an animated feature off the ground. Enter Brad Bird who WB execs reportedly allowed to make the film essentially unsupervised and once they saw the film and how good it was they feared for their jobs and suppressed it as best they could.
DUNCAN STUDIO PROVIDES ANIMATION FOR NEW SEQUENCES FEATURED IN
“THE IRON GIANT: SIGNATURE EDITION”
DIRECTOR BRAD BIRD’S CLASSIC ANIMATED FILM HAS BEEN RE-MASTERED WITH TWO NEW SEQUENCES AND COMES BACK TO THEATERS THIS FALL FROM WARNER BROS. AND FATHOM EVENTS
Pasadena, California, September 15, 2015 – Duncan Studio is proud to announce their collaboration with director Brad Bird and Warner Bros. Pictures on the re- mastered version of the animated action adventure, “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.”
“Brad had storyboarded two additional sequences during the production of the original film that were never finished due to time and budget constraints,” said Ken Duncan, head of Duncan Studio. “So when Warner Bros. approached us earlier this year about setting up a team to help bring Brad’s vision to fruition, we jumped at the chance to work on this beloved classic. Coincidentally, we already had several key artists and animators who worked on the original film working at our studio, so it seemed like a great fit,” he continued.
Director Brad Bird added, “When the opportunity arose to produce new scenes originally planned for “The Iron Giant,” my first thought was Duncan Studio. Beyond the fact that Ken Duncan himself is a brilliant animator, his staff was blessed with several veterans of the original “Iron Giant” team, which helped immeasurably in our effort to have the new scenes blend in seamlessly with our original footage. Duncan Studio did a wonderful job.”
Among the veterans from the original film, animation supervisors Chris Sauve and Wendy Perdue reprised their roles and animated their characters Dean and Annie, along with the help of animator Sandro Cleuzo; original background department head, Dennis Venizelos, oversaw backgrounds for the new sequences; and effects animation was again supplied by Michel Gagné. Additionally, a crew of approximately 20 artists at the studio animated the CG Giant, created layouts, painted the backgrounds, cleaned up the hand-drawn animation, inked and painted the characters, and composited all elements digitally over the course of four months.
“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” arrives in theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time. Tickets are on sale now, through www.FathomEvents.com, with “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” available on digital platforms, including iTunes later this fall. Click here for a recently released trailer tied to re-mastered version of the film.
When “The Iron Giant” arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an “instant classic” (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). “Imagine E.T. as a towering metal man, that’s the appeal of this enchanting animated feature” (the late Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). And the world soon learned another “giant” had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars®, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.
Winner of nine Annie Awards, “The Iron Giant” is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also includes Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.
Directed by Brad Bird, the film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff, with the screen story by Bird and the screenplay written by Tim McCanlies and Bird. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes’ book, The Iron Man,“The Iron Giant” was first released in the summer of 1999 by Warner Bros.
Duncan Studio has produced a broad range of work for a variety of entertainment mediums, from feature films and theme park entertainment to commercials. Under the supervision of Ken Duncan, the versatile artists and animators at Duncan Studio are able to deliver top-quality work on projects from the earliest stages of development (character and production design, storyboarding, modeling and rigging) through animation (both 2D and CG), lighting, compositing and final rendering.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Warner Bros. and Fathom Events are putting a remastered “Signature Edition” version of The Iron Giant in theaters for a very limited engagement. The special-event screening will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 30, with an encore showing on Oct. 4 at 12 p.m. in participating theaters around the country. The new remastered cut will include two all-new scenes.
“We can’t wait to bring this family favorite back its home on the big screen,” said Fathom Events CEO John Rubey, in a statement. “The Iron Giant is meant to be seen and heard in movie theaters and this is a great chance for fans new and old to enjoy this classic, remastered with new scenes.”
Comicbook.com is reporting that Brad Bird’s cult classic The Iron Giant might be coming back to the theaters for a re-release.
From the site:
Director and co-screenwriter Brad Bird (Tomorrowland) was asked if there was any truth to those rumors. “Listen, Warner Bros. and I have danced on and off for the last decade,” Bird told Collider. “There was going to be a 5-year-thing; there was talk about it being in 3D at one point. Then there was talk about reformatting it for IMAX or whatever. Discussions keep happening, but I think something will happen fairly soon. They know that people have a fondness for it. They don’t know exactly how to deal with that beyond maybe a Blu-ray or something like that. And I keep saying, “You know, you did it for Wizard of Oz and you did it for Blade Runner. I think you actually can do it.” And I think they’re kind of coming around to that idea. I’m trying to find the best way to support something like that.”