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News About Classic Books Featuring Rats [Sep. 9th, 2010|11:25 pm]
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I haven't seen this posted anywhere else. I just stumbled onto it through a long chain of links. It looks like we're in for another interesting adaptation:

The Wind in the Willows. Yup. A book I'm fond of that is, well, hard to adapt. I, at least, have always felt that the storyline was weak and the real strength of the book was the lyrical language, subtle texture beneath the caricatured facades of the characters, and the loving descriptions of lunches. Not things that adapt well to the screen.

Article and trailer. They list "spring 2012" as the release date.

The good: It's being done by Weta Workshop, who've done Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and a handful of other films. So top notch effects.

The worrisome: "[The] script supposedly keeps some elements of the original story 'while changing the emphasis on others to provide a more streamlined conflict.' The animals join forces 'to save their land from a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the uneasy truce between the peaceful animals of the Willows and what remains of Mankind.'"

From: avon_deer
2010-09-10 08:01 am (UTC)
I often wonder why plots have to be "tweaked" at all.
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2010-09-10 10:33 am (UTC)
...so basically not remotely like the story AT ALL.
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[User Picture]From: pyat
2010-09-10 12:28 pm (UTC)
The director is the same guy who produced and directed the pro-Republican film, I Want Your Money. Politics aside, it has some really lousy CG in it. :D And the trailers just look amateurish.

Perhaps more indicative of the film's eventual quality - it's the same guy who directed Super Capers.

Edited at 2010-09-10 12:31 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-09-10 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, can't say I have really high hopes. Hadn't looked up the director, though.

I'll forgive the CG in the trailer since this is aiming at 2012 and they're probably still sorting things out.
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2010-09-10 01:09 pm (UTC)

Off topic..

But.. zomg icon cute overload. *tosses cheddar bits at the mousie*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-09-10 04:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Off topic..

Thanks! A display of the fine artistic skills of Mr Jonas (jonaswins).
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[User Picture]From: athelind
2010-09-10 05:18 pm (UTC)

See Icon

The Wind in the Willows + Inherit the EarthInherit the Wind
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2010-09-10 09:17 pm (UTC)
When I saw the image, I thought you were plugging a sculpture. Nice tail, though. ;)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2010-09-11 08:23 am (UTC)
That trailer does not look like anything related to The Wind in the Willows. It looks more like Tim Burton Presents: Crazy Frog.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2010-09-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
At least WETA is doing the effect, so it should look good. Part of the what makes this book so wonderful is as you said, the language and characters. Even in the other versions I've seen of this movie, it's nice to see, but if you're not a fan of the book, it's gets a little odd and boring, so I could see them changing things. I just wish they would not go with the "animals join forces to save their land" plot line.
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