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Jim Henson Pictures on Time Dogs

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Thog, Oct 3, 2002.

  1. Thog New Member

    Jim Henson Pictures on Time Dogs
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Henson Pictures will co-produce its first CG animated feature film, Time Dogs, with The Shop Productions. "This venture into CG feature animation promises, like all of our films, to be funny and fresh with something entertaining for kids and adults alike," said Lisa Henson, president of Jim Henson Pictures. Dogs features a pair of canines who travel through time to save their master and in the process save all dogs from a life of slavery. The script, in its final stages before going into visual development, was written by Christopher Leone and Laura Harckom. Leone is set to direct the project.

    (There is no Snoop Dog in this movie. Even though the title has dog in it.) :p
  2. Stryder Wolfe New Member

    LOL@ snoop dog reference :D

    hmm..interesting...CG, eh??? Could be cool...
  3. tomahawk Member

    no snoop, hmmmmmm..... might still work.
  4. BoyRaisin2 Active Member

    And no puppets and/or animatronics. More interesting (for a company like Henson).
  5. Cantus Rock New Member

    Well, to Snoop, not to Snoop...the question need not be raised. :) Sounds like it could be fun stuff.

    -Matt
  6. grail New Member

    i wonder if this was the project Kevin Rubino told me he was working on for Henson...he wouldn't give me any details, but lord knows i tried...

    this was back at Celebration in May...so the timing's a bit off...honestly, it's more likely that he may have something to do with the new Muppet Show or the NBC pic...but i just don't know.

    for anyone that doesn't know, Kevin Rubino is the guy who wrote "Troops" the Cops/Star Wars parody. he's a pretty cool guy, and was responsible for the first time i really got quoted. he mentioned at Celebration that Cam Clarke (who was in Troops) was the voice of Prince Adam/He-Man. the cast hadn't been announced yet, so it was my first big scoop...made my day to see it turn up on another site.
  7. sidcrowe New Member

    Well...a new thread mentioning my favourite canine-inspired tuneless musical performer and Grail is back in the hiz-ouse (just like I said).

    All is right with the world :D
  8. grail New Member

    shut up...that's it, just shut up. friggin' hack. why can't you just drop it? huh? why do you have to stir the proverbial pot?

    oops, i said "pot". you gonna start telling everyone what a dope-fiend i must be again? loser...
  9. tomahawk Member

    someone has a hard time letting go. thats o.k. breathe deep.
  10. sidcrowe New Member

    I don't like the Muppets doing CG.

    It's like Baskin Robbins. Why have 32 flavours if you can't get Vanilla right?

    Why take the Henson name to CG before they can do a good Muppet film first?

    Ah, well.... :(
  11. grail New Member

    now that's more like it.

    to be honest, i absolutely agree. Henson will always by synonymous with puppetry to me, and i don't necessarily want to see them change. however, i fear they're seeing some imaginary "writing on the wall" and so they're trying to break new ground so that should their art (as it truly IS art) really become obsolete, they can still be a viable company with something to offer.

    or at least maybe they wanna look that way to a potential buyer, so they can keep the Muppets themselves in play...
  12. Chilly Down Member

    This is slightly worrisome, but not time for full panic yet. The problem is, all studios want these days are CGI animated films, because that's the latest "thing." So Henson has to produce what studios want to buy. However, unlike most studios which use traditional animators to add in the actions long after the voices have been recorded, I'm almost positive they'll use the Performance Control System demonstrated at MuppetFest, where puppeteers actually provide the performances and the voices in real time for the virtual environment. So puppetry isn't dead...it's just taking on a slightly different form at the moment. And just as traditional animated features are being made right alongside the CGI films, I'm sure traditional Muppetry won't completely disappear either. D.B.H. made a point of telling us at MF that Henson would always keep the traditional stuff alive, which drew a large round of applause from the audience.
  13. murgatoad New Member

    Yeah. Well, let's see. I saw "The Santa Clause 2" last week. The CGI-created reindeer were pretty effective. However, the puppets (in particular Comet) were lame as ****. Sophisticated as it was, it practically screamed "I'm a puppet!" IMO, the only thing Henson has to fear in getting into CGI is the overwhelming competition they face. They're very very late getting into the game.
  14. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Say what you will, it's not the same if Henson Does CGI. That's like Pixar doing "teeny Little Super guy" type stop motion. I mean, They have done CGI over the years, In the Jim Henson Hour, there was Waldo C Graphic, in MTI there were the Mosquitos (that appeared for like five seconds).

    Basically, it is a change of venue so far, but I still think that their puppetry is the tops.

    Basically, CGI films are either hits or misses. Look at Pixar. Their films were the most popular of All the CGI's (mainly because they started the CGI Film boom). Few people however, can recall Dreamwork's ANTZ, which I absolutely adored! And some films are just... blehhh. I mean, though Final Fantasy had breath taking visuals, the plot was really contrived, and I didn't like it. I saw some of it, and I didn't want to see the rest.

    Besides, If you're famous for one thing, people have doubts and worries about other projects.

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