Animation World Network, together with Paramount Pictures, has launched an exclusive micro-site dedicated to the production of DreamWorks and Aardman Animation’s first CG-animated feature collaboration, Flushed Away, which arrives in theaters on November 3. The site, online at flushedaway.awn.com, is geared towards fans and CG professionals alike. Features include: behind-the-scenes information via exclusive production diaries as well as clips featuring interviews with Flushed Away insiders, movie trailers, film clips and featurettes, artwork, sketches, model sheets, storyboards, concept art, maquette pictures, and production shots from the finished film.
Readers will learn first-hand from directors David Bowers and Sam Fell about what it was like to bridge the styles of DreamWorks and Aardman. Supervising animators Simon Otto and Jason Spencer-Galsworthy discuss bringing to life the voice performances of stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men: The Last Stand), Kate Winslet (Titanic), Ian McKellan (The Lord of the Rings), Jean Reno (The DaVinci Code), Billy Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and Andy Serkis (King Kong), who will talk to AWN about his influences in creating his character Spike for Flushed Away. Moreover, VFX supervisor Wendy Rogers will talk about the technical challenges on the film,.
Also, after the release of Flushed Away in theaters, DreamWorks and Paramount will be debuting the teaser trailers for their 2007 CG features – Shrek the Third and Bee Movie.