Sucker Punch viral: “The Trenches” by Ben Hibon

Here’s an interesting little viral trailer for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, animated by Ben Hibon (The Tale of Three Brothers animation sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1).

THE TRENCHES, Synopsis: In Sucker Punch, the girls face off against an army of mechanized WWI soldiers. Through the use of clockwork and steam technology, human soldiers who die in battle are reanimated and sent back to the front lines. Although seemingly indistinguishable and soulless, the zombie army is not just made of gears and steam, but also of human flesh, bone, and memory. In “The Trenches” there is a tragic tale behind each lifeless mask.


  • http://rodtejada.wordpress.com Rod Tejada

    That was intense, I loved the short!

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

    An interesting idea for a short film, especially as a promotion for a wide-release feature. That said, it doesn’t really make me want to see the movie any more than I did (or didn’t) before I watched it.

    I also kind of wished I hadn’t read the synopsis first… it’s pretty detailed and doesn’t leave much to interpretation when viewers see what’s actually going on.

  • ECJ

    Nice Animatic! Look forward to seeing the finished animation.

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    Wow – the depths that synopsis gave to the shallowness of the short itself. The animation’s decent for this sort of advanced motion comic stuff (definitely more stylish than the I AM LEGEND prequel animations a few years back) but this certainly implies SUCKERPUNCH is going to be just awesome style grafted onto a bare narrative. I simply don’t understand the point of this in regards to the feature narrative – aren’t all these fantasy sequences just the fever dream escape of girls about to be raped/lobotomized in an insane asylum? Unless there’s some sort of parallel dimension stuff going on, why should we care about the backstory of imaginary cannon fodder? At least the sweet release of death from clockwork re-animation is hot chicks in tight leather outfits… AND BLOOM LIGHTING!

  • Raymond Lang

    There is now a second animated short available on the Apple trailer site, entitled “Dragon”, also done by Ben Hibon. I’m not sure how much this adds to the film itself, but it’s definitely an interesting twist on the marketing aspect with these little animated shorts.