First off, news.
* My activity on this site continues to be sporadic and nearly dead. I apologize for that. My life has been filled with new projects and opportunities and DA has been around for over 10 years, so it's bound to have worn out its popularity by now. I would open a Tumblr account, but I have way too many places online to keep track of to begin with.
* Go see The LEGO Movie. Now. It has a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes, and a reported 60% of the audiences seeing it are adults! Those who have not seen The LEGO Movie, had no childhood, and are not cool. So says the word of Abe Lincoln. GO SEE IT!
It seems Hollywood is finally on its way to recognize cartoony video game characters as good fits for feature film adaptations. At least... we're seeing the dawn of it. Disney finally made a video game movie with tons of cameos, Sonic's new game and TV show looks nearly like a family CGI movie, and Sly Cooper is already announced to be getting the film treatment too. But it may have its downsides. As you may have heard, Sony and UbiSoft are teaming up to make a movie about...... the Rabbids. ....yeah. Those annoying little snots who do nothing but make yelling noises and destroy things, have no character, no grace, and represent the asinine taste in today's American audiences. NOT Rayman, the character who's games the Rabbids were introduced in, and would later separate himself from them into Origins and Legends.
So let me get this straight. I start my DA account 10 years ago with the intent of sharing my fandom of Rayman with the world, then wait 10 more years for someone to finally turn a character, tailor-made for a game company's answer to Mario, into a Hollywood CGI animated feature film, only to find that the company is going to go with ... the Rabbids!?
I am appalled. I am floored. I am literally shaking as I write this. There is no possible way I ever could have predicted such an idiotic move. The recent trend of immature, speechless, stout groups of annoying trouble-makers in media has been spreading like wildfire because studios know they are profitable. The Minions, the Toy Story aliens, the animals in the Lorax! How have people stopped being interested in well-developed adventure fantasy stories with world building!? I was on a heated FB discussion with someone on why Rayman should be able to speak if he ever got a film, and he infuriated me, and it came to the point where he even wrote "video games are better than movies", and I wanted to punch him! Why haven't we ever got a full-length film about Mario, or Rayman, or Link, or Sonic!?! The fantasy/adventure possibilities of the stories could be exciting to the point of reaching the quality levels of The Lion King, or Aladdin, or, yes, The LEGO Movie!
Thanks for ruining a good 10 years for me of waiting, UbiSoft.
www.vimeo.com/andrewkaiko/norm… See my short 'Norm & Cory' in full!
Orbis Park won a 2012 ASIFA East Award for Excellence in Design in the Independent Film category. It tied with an SVA thesis called The Girl And The Fox. Congratulations to all the winners! And as always, my short can be watched in its entirety here: Orbis Park: fav.me/d4hu4xq !