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Feature Film

$9.99, Delgo and Dragon Hunters open today

Big animation day in L.A. – three (count ’em, three) animated features open to qualify for an Oscar nomination:

• Dragon Hunters at the Laemmle Grand 4 Plex at 345 S. Figueroa, in downtown L.A.

• $9.99 at the Laemmle Music Hall at 9036 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

• Delgo at The Bridge, 6081 Center Drive in West L.A.

One week only! If you check any of them out, let us know what you think. Please leave comments below.

(Thanks, Eric Graf)

  • MattSullivan

    DELGO is getting ripped to shreds by the critics.

    Shame. One would have hoped with all this time the studio had..and the plethora of celebrity voice talent, SOMETHING good would have come from this independant ( ?) production. Still, I haven’t seen it yet. I’m kid of afraid to now..I’m just not sure I can watch another animated flop.

    Then again, I can always hope it surprises me.

  • David

    The amazing thing about Delgo is theyre marketing it as this underground indie thing which is pushing the boundaries of cg… in reality it seems to have just committed every cliche in the book.

    I still had hope the story would be passable, but by the looks of things this film could do more damage than good to indie 3d.

  • Sean

    Dragon Hunters was released here a while back, actually bought it very cheaply on DVD. The story is only so-so, but there’s some very nice character animation and some truly beautiful backgrounds.

  • I haven’t read one positive review of DELGO yet… but I’m searching for it. The fact that the film has taken some twelve years to produce and release, I’m sure factors in somewhere…

    It’s also worth mentioning that Cartoon Network already has the rights to air DELGO on cable television (after theatrical and home video distribution has occurred).

  • Steve Gattuso

    Since $9.99 was nominated for the Annie, I’ll have to go and see why.

  • Dr. Jones

    From day one, Delgo has had HORRIFIC character designs. And now that the story has come to light, the project is even more of a nightmare. who in their right mind would drop $10 to see that steaming pile?

    and how about the money and energy that was burned in the production of it? what an unoriginal, cliched, worthless garbage bomb.

    i am SICK of these generic star wars rip-offs. it’s just frustrating at this point.

  • A Longtime Observer

    I’ve been wanting to see the Dragon Hunters movie since I saw the posters and promo in Paris when it debuted this spring. Now I can’t see it because I live nowhere near LA. Here’s hoping it gets picked up somewhere where I live. Curiously, was it put in the nomination bid for the Oscars?

  • Dookaba

    I thought the characters in the Delgo trailer looked ugly but upon looking at the stills I have to wonder how the character designs passed pre-production for this movie…

  • boxmyth

    Just got back from Dragon Hunters. As said above, the story is there and does its thing, but the real reason to see it is the visuals. The human character designs are passable, but the monsters are simply fantastic, and the fuzzy creatures are great (the purple dog/thing has an awesomely expressive face). The landscapes are beautiful too.

    It won’t be nominated for best animated feature, but I’d recommend people at least rent it on Blu-Ray, as hi-def is made for movies like this.

  • Just got back from seeing ” Delgo ” with my nine year old son.
    I couldn’t be prouder of this animated feature being created in Atlanta!
    While this film isn’t ” The Incredibles “, it had enough to keep me interested.
    It had a different look about it, which was refreshing. Actually, I enjoyed the short ” Chroma Chameleon ” a bit more than the movie.
    Sure, the film had some floaty walks, and the dialogue was stilted in areas, but all in all I enjoyed it.
    It has been many years in the making, but I just wanted to give a round of applause to Fathom Studios.
    Good job, and I hope you continue to keep this momentum rolling!

  • Eric Graf

    Delgo (which is apparently in general release) is horrendous. The trailer actually makes it look better than it is! I can just see the story meeting now: “Let’s give him a sidekick that’s just like Jar Jar Binks, only this time let’s make him REALLY obnoxious.” Ghastly cliched script, yoogly character and set designs, a total obliviousness to comic timing … it’s a real shame, especially for such an ambitious project. I was pulling for this movie and this studio, but they really blew it. BTW … there is no “momentum rolling.” I saw it this morning in a large auditorium in central Orange County, and was the only person in the theater.

    Hey, boxmyth … you must’ve been the other guy in the 3:20 Dragon Hunters today. Whazzap?

    The theater sucked (especially the horrible noisy mono sound), but I sure loved the movie, apparently even more than the other commenters who saw it did. All the nice things they’re saying about it are true. The three leads have a bit of a Monsters Inc. dynamic to them, but different enough that it doesn’t bug you. The script is intelligent and witty, and the creativity on display, especially in those sets, is spectacular.

    Besides (mild spoiler alert) ……. how can you dislike a movie that has a knight in super-polished armor, named Sir Lensflare?

    Of these three films, Dragon Hunters is unquestionably the one to not miss. Having now seen all but two of the animated features on Oscar’s eligible list, I think it deserves to be nominated with Wall-E and KFP, although I’m sure it’ll never happen.

    BTW … I saw $9.99 at the ASIFA screening a few weeks ago, and wasn’t nearly as impressed with it as the Annie nominating committee apparently was.

  • By momentum, I meant the studio, Fathom Studios, continuing to produce animated shorts, using the local talent.
    I saw it in a theater with only three people, my son, a woman, and myself.
    As I said, the movie had problems, but I still enjoyed it.

  • Alexander Curtis

    The interesting thing about film is that the screen is the ultimate equalizer. It doesn’t matter if it’s Pixar, Disney, Dreamworks or Fathom, we bring all of knowledge, appreciation and love of the craft to bear on an animated feature. Once a film is on the screen, its a level playing field for criticism.

    But, I think a lot of Brew readers forget that the road to that point is anything but level. Major studios have a lot in their favor, with established pipelines, facilities, staff and resources. But more importantly, they have a studio structure that allows for their films to be “director driven.” This was a major point in Ed Catmull’s SIGGRAPH speech this year.

    Independent studios do not have this luxury. They have to hunt for investors who often times play too large a role in the creative process. Don Bluth Productions always had to struggle with this, particularly on Land Before Time with Spielberg. I’m sure it was no different at Fathom. Can you imagine being a director when your producer is the major investor in the film? There is no chance of creative unity when the director loses creative authority.

    I’m an animator so, I cringe at all the same points you do in Delgo. I don’t defend the floaty walks, the rapid fire emotion changes, or the gaping plot holes. What I defend is the 10 years of struggle it took to get that film to the screen. As lovers of animation, we should critique the film as we would any other, but respect what it means to make an animated feature outside of Hollywood.

  • From Box Office Mojo:

    “Meanwhile, Delgo had the worst opening ever for a movie playing at over 2,000 theaters. The computer-animated fantasy scrounged up an estimated $916,000 at 2,160 sites.”