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    Hollywood corners hard-core fans at Comic-Con

    Disney-Pixar will use Comic-Con as an opportunity
    to preview its new animated comedy WALL-E.

    By Scott Bowles, USA TODAY
    July 26, 2007

    Welcome to Demographic-Con.

    Where once Comic-Con was a place for devotees to buy and swap, the nation's largest comic-book convention, which begins today, has become Hollywood's favorite hunting ground.

    Here, studio execs, TV producers and video game manufacturers hawk their wares as if they were pushing carnival rides. And some say it's robbed the spirit of the convention.

    "A lot of old-school comic fans won't come here anymore," says Borys Kit, columnist for The Hollywood ReporterIndiana JonesBeowulfLost creator is a nerd king, and he'll be here to hawk Star Trek and his untitled Cloverfield project, which looks to be a mixture of Blair Witch and Independence DayThe Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianIron Man and The Incredible HulkWatchmen. Zack Snyder cemented his reputation when he brought 300 SuperbadLost and Heroes will draw packed crowds. Bionic Woman comes with high expectations as well.

    While filmmakers and executives concede that Comic-Con's fare has changed over the years, they say the convention's spirit has not.

    "It's still for the fans," says Snyder. "And it's the best place to show them that you're making something for them that they'll enjoy."
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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    Disney Unveils WALL•E
    Source: Scott Chitwood
    July 28, 2007

    The second half of the Disney panel featured Pixar's new film WALL•E. But before that was the premiere of the National Treasure: Book of Secrets trailer. It revealed a little more about the plot.

    Taking part in the panel was director Andrew Stanton. He showed a new Pixar logo featuring WALL•E coming out and helping Luxo in the logo. Stanton started out by showing an industrial commercial featuring the WALL•E robots and describing his functions. It's by the company "Buy N Large" and showed a web address for the company,, which is now live.

    Andrew then discussed the plot while concept art scrolled by. In the future, humans have completely trashed the planet with rampant commercialism. They then leave the planet on space liners while robots are left behind to clean up the planet. Unfortunately, 700 years go by and they never return. Eventually one robot, WALL•E, develops a personality. As he roams the planet, he eventually finds a way to get off the planet. He then finds the last remaining space liner containing the 'lost tribe' of humans. However, years in space with all their needs covered by robots have made them literal couch potatoes. They are huge, helpless blobs. Along the way WALL•E also meets and falls in love with another robot named Eve. WALL•E attempts to woo her, but his efforts just might be what ends up restoring the human race to its former glory.

    Next up, Stanton introduced "Star Wars" veteran Ben Burtt, who is doing sound design on the film. He played samples of the various robots sound effects then showed animation samples of the robots. We saw WALL•E, Eve, a sidekick hygienic droid named M-O, and Auto who is the auto pilot of the space liner. Burtt revealed that Eve is a probe droid that is held together by magnetic fields. She also features a few special functions and weapons. M-O is an obliterator droid that rolls around on a track ball.

    The audience then got to be the first to see footage from the film. We see WALL•E, back on Earth, preparing for another day at work. He's followed by his pet cockroach as he leaves his makeshift house. As he sorts through the human's garbage, he picks out objects that interest him – a bra, a jewelry box, a rubber ducky, and other things. However, his day is interrupted when he sees a big red dot from a laser light. He follows it but doesn't realize what it is. However, he soon discovers that it's a landing guide for a ship... that lands right on top of him. WALL•E escapes by digging underground, then pops up just in time to see what emerges from the ship. Unfortunately, the clip ended before we got to see just what that was.

    The panel then turned to Q&A. Stanton confirmed that there is a live action element involved and humans will be shown in some degree. Ben Burtt wasn't sure if he'd be working on Indiana Jones 4 since the WALL•E schedule was going to overlap with its schedule. WALL•E is his first priority. Thomas Newman, the composer for Finding Nemo, is doing the score.

    That concluded the WALL•E panel. It certainly looks like another imaginative, fun film from Disney and Pixar. It also looks like Ben Burtt's going to win another Academy Award for sound design.
    Last edited by ALIASd; 07-29-2007, 05:27 PM.
    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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      Comic-Con: Toon time with 'Wall-E' and 'Coraline'

      Going in to Comic-Con, we published a list of the 10 most anticipated movies
      "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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