Friday, March 11, 2005

Valiant Trailer

A few days ago, a trailer for Valiant was released. If you click on the above link, you can see the French version. The animation, lighting, texturing, all look decent. What surprises me more is the apparent attempt by Disney to brush this project under the rug... continued...

Disney and Vanguard made such a huge deal about them joining forces a couple of years ago. This production company in the UK would pump out movies and Disney would market and distribute in the US. It appears that Disney has changed their mind. Not only is Valiant scheduled to release in the next month and there has been little or NO advertising for the film, but Disney has backed out of the commitment to do a slate of CG pictures with Vanguard.

The rumor is that Disney completely hated the movie and wanted out immediately. On top of this, Disney is pushing so hard to do its own CG films (with more than a half dozen in development or production) that they no longer need Vanguard.

How good or bad the movie is, has yet to be seen. Apparently it no longer fits Disney's needs.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heard Disney is limiting the US release to major cities only. And they're not going to slap a bogus label on it to hide the fact that they funded it. Hmm.

Anonymous said...

This film is due for release in two weeks time in the UK (March 25) and yet there's been hardly any publicity. In contrast, Robots, which opens next week in the UK (March 18) has had far more visible promotion (billboard adverts etc).

Outside animation circles, few people in the UK know of Valiant's forthcoming release. It doesn't exactly bode well for the film...

Anonymous said...

I worked on it. It isn't bad at all technically, and it is genuinely funny. I suspect the humour will have been seen as a little too British by Disney. If you're from the UK you'll know what I mean, if you're american you probably won't.

Anonymous said...

I don't think disney funded it at all. They may have put in a little money to make some changes they wanted, but they certainly weren't eager to pay for much.

Anonymous said...

Disney paid for the US distribution rights. They like the film a lot. It's being released in the US under the Disney name and they've put back the release until August 19th so they can get a good marketing push in first. It'll be opening in over 2000 cinemas.

There's a lot of rubbish posted about this, I have to say. Can I politely suggest you don't bother posting unless you can actually contribute, ie you know what you are saying is true?

Anonymous said...

That is what a rumor is jackass. You are probably over sensitive cause you worked on the "rubbish".

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