“Angel Vitamina” by Diego De Rose

Angel Vitamina is a personal project of animator Diego De Rose and a small team of independent animators in Argentina. This is the second time I’ve posted about this film’s progress (I posted an shorter teaser trailer here in 2009). De Rose has just debut a second, longer trailer – now five minutes, though the first two minutes is a talky set up – and has expanded his website and production blog. I wish them luck in getting this film finished!


  • http://oyetoons.deviantart.com Seni

    That was pretty awesome! Good luck finishing it, De Rose!

  • gingersoll

    Sometimes you see something like this and wonder why doesn’t a big studio give a group of guys like this a few million, let them finish the film, and then put it out there.

    How much was spent on Hoodwinked 2?

    • eeteed

      if a big studio got their hands on this they’d bury it for fear of competition, like lasseter does with miyazaki’s work.

      i think this could do really well, if it was marketed and promoted properly. maybe J. Beck Productions Inc. could handle this one?

      • Mike

        What exactly do you mean about John Lasseter? Are we referring to the same Lasseter that helps supervise and ensure the localization and wide release of Miyazaki’s films? Or perhaps the one the name-drops Miyazaki and discusses his movies in interviews about his creative inspiration? I’m confused.

      • eeteed

        Once upon a time Walt Disney would come into our homes every week on the Mickey Mouse Club and on The Wonderful World of Disney.

        He was like a sweet loveable uncle. He carefully and loving explained his incredible cartoon empire to us, and heaped praise upon his wonderful employees. Heck, there’s even a photo of him shaking hands with his one time rival Max Fleischer.

        We now know, from many biographies and interviews, that this image of kindly Uncle Walt was a façade, or at least just one small facet of Walt Disney’s personality. Walt was a shrewd and sometimes ruthless businessman who did whatever was needed to get to the top and to stay there. While kindly Uncle Walt posed for a friendly photo with Max Fleischer, the real Walt sent his brother Roy to New York lure away Max’s top animators and cripple his business.

        So now we have John Lasseter. For the camera he wears his silly shirts and smiles and acts like the nicest sweetest guy. He also tells us how much he loves Miyazaki and his work.

        But here’s the thing, any animation fan will tell you that Miyazaki’s works are some of the greatest and most important animated cartoons ever made. In the hands of a savvy animation producer backed with big studio bucks these films should be major hits here in the USA.

        And yet, they aren’t. They get very little promotion. They get played mostly in art houses. They have zero merchandising.

        Why is this? Is it as kindly Uncle John would have us believe, that “aw shucks, I guess American audiences just don’t care for Miyazaki’s work?”

        Or is it something else? Is there another side to Lasseter, just like there was to Walt Disney? Did he perhaps see Miyazaki, called the Walt Disney of Japan, and say to himself, “I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t become the new Walt Disney here in the USA.” did kindly Uncle John get his hands on the USA distribution rights to Miyazaki’s work because he wanted USA audiences to see Miyazaki’s work, or did shrewd businessman Lasseter do to ensure Miyaki would not usurp his role of the USA’s new Walt Disney?

      • Behonkiss

        It might have something to do with the fact that when they experimented with giving Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away limited releases in the States, they didn’t get shit back in terms of box office.

      • Mike

        There are multiple reasons why I find this theory as to Lasseter’s motivations tough to believe. First off, I can’t find hard numbers but at least in what I saw, “Ponyo” was not stuffed away into art houses or buried…it was released in several normal movie theatres in my area. Second, if Lasseter was secretly rooting for the films to fail to catch on, why would he expend so much effort (getting big-name VAs, making sure the dubbing isn’t awful) to make a good dub? Wouldn’t it be a safer route to just do a half-decent hack-job and let middling reviews do the rest? Reviewers generally seem to comment on what they perceive to be the quality of the film, though a decent part of the quality really rests in the quality of the dub. And third, it’s true that the films are poorly marketed and merchandised, but this falls more to Disney’s marketing dept. than to Lasseter, does it not? And as Behonkiss suggested, the lukewarm returns for Mononoke and Spirited Away aren’t exactly going to inspire them to invest. But in the end, I don’t know;either of us could be right. There’s a lot, both good and bad, said of John Lasseter but until I see a compelling reason to do otherwise, I’m taking at his word on this one.

  • eeteed

    this looks fantastic! i hope we will get to see this soon!

    we need more projects like this, as opposed to the cgi crap that the big studios keep shoving down our proverbial throats.

  • tomm

    pretty cool. reminds me a bit of michel gagnes work somehow.

  • Skip

    Looks really cool, can’t wait to see the finished piece.

  • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    intriguing story. Unique visual style. Count me in

  • http://artofkevin.com Kevin Cooper

    This is precisely the reason why independent animation is so important to the industry. I don’t even have the words to describe it.

  • http://wingingitstudios.deviantart.com/ Alissa

    Some really sweet monster designs in there, can’t wait to see it finished!

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    I remember this one well. The story is very inspired and definitely reflects the artist’s personal style. It’s a little difficult to tell, however, with just this trailer, who is fighting on whose side…

  • Mewzilla

    Independent animation is really inspiring! It makes me really excited to know that there are animation studios in south america that create original and beautiful animation. Hope to see Angel Vitamina finished soon, and I desire them the best of luck!

  • Bud

    Whatever happened to “Character Animation?”

    neat stuff…but completely lacks any character.

  • Kitty Wills

    Yep, I’m impressed. Can’t wait for this one. Looks amazing.

  • okcmills

    Storyline seems somewhat like Green Lantern…destroyer god out in deep space, creator gods left at home establish a corp of guardians to protect things. But in this case they have yellow Tron rings to use as weapons? Still animation looks good and I will definitely watch it if I get the chance.

  • http://www.lawrencejackson.com Law

    When you see something this different you can’t help but make references to other art styles. For me it reminds me of an 80′s Anime called Robot Carnival plus Gorillaz. Resemblances aside, it looks great!

    -L

  • Behonkiss

    Even if the story for this turns out to be crap, it will still be worth it for the visuals if this trailer is any indication. Hope it gets a U.S. release of some sort.

  • Mister Twister

    If this is not awesome…, I don’t know what is.

  • http://unclesilas.blogspot.com Davef

    If I had a spare several million to throw their way…

    Actually, if I just had a spare several million…

  • Vzk

    This could become the next Secret of Kells.

  • Iritscen

    I remember the first trailer, but this one’s more impressive. Keep at it, guys! Look forward to seeing how this turns out.

  • Fremgen

    This does look very impressive. I hope they can finish it, I’d love to see it :)