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Varmints Trailer


Studio AKA has released the trailer to Varmints, a followup to the 2004 BAFTA-winning short JoJo in the Stars. I’ve always loved the way that Marc Craste, the director of this short, uses CG to create worlds that are poetic and impressionistic.

Here’s a bit more about the film:

Adapted and directed by Marc Craste, Varmints is a 24-minute film based on the award-winning book of the same name by Helen Ward and illustrated by Craste, that tells the story of one small creature’s struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever through recklessness and indifference. A crew of 35 people worked in three countries over a two year period to make the film, and an original score by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson and sound design by Adrian Rhodes complete the picture.

Varmints will have its London premiere in September this year. It has also been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival (August 5-10) and the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (August 15-21).

Philip Hunt of Studio AKA also informs me that they’ve launched a new easier-to-navigate website. There’s beautiful commercial work throughout.

  • Paul N

    Me like!

    The buildings in the trailer remind me of the Vogon ships from the Hitchhiker’s Guide movie.

  • Wow, looks amazing… unfortunate timing coming out after Wall-E, though. Seems like it covers similar themes. Haunting imagery.

  • will

    Meh… it’s not exactly Pixar, when the characters walk it just doesn’t look real, or smooth. I looked at all the other parts of the site, the animation doesn’t get much better.

  • Ron

    The character design reminds me of my favorite comic strip: Mutts.

  • Celia

    I like the dark edginess of this film. I’m not digging the character’s head design so much. It would look splendid in 2D, but in 3D, those concave shapes under the eyes are really distracting.

  • Esn

    That looks wonderful! I’ve been following Marc Craste’s work for several years, and even most of his commercials display very fine artistry. I personally think that he is one of the great talents of this generation, at least where computer animation is concerned.

    I can really relate to his work, and this trailer is no exception.

  • Barbara

    I don’t understand or find the appeal in serious, dark stories revolving around cute, fuzzy animals/cartoony characters. Characters like this enduring hardships seems like a gimmick to me, or an excuse. It didn’t work for Howard the Duck, and I think that should send out a signal to the rest of the world.

  • I love studio aka alot. I’m always linking friends to their new stuff.

  • Barbara – what exactly is it that you don’t like about this kind of thing?

  • I’d argue Barbara’s point. It’s anthropomorphism – the whole point is to communicate ideas about humans through other animal species. But of course, to each their own. This looks to be a beautifully dark anthropomorphic story. Wicked.

  • This makes me so very, very happy.

  • I have to say, I never knew who these people were but I adored all of their adverts! This does look to be a pretty neat little film.

    To Will up there, you can’t expect every animated film to be in the league of Pixar. I think if that were the case, it would all get a bit boring. It’s nice to see animation that isn’t smoothed out or real looking. Pixar are brilliant at what they do, but it’s nice to know there are studios out there who do their own thing.

  • Badjoojoo

    The trailer is gorgeous. I was a big fan of Craste’s JoJo in the Stars and the Picas shorts, as well as his commercials. Mark Craste has what it takes to be a great feature film director, but I’ve heard him say in an interview that he has no interest in doing feature length work. I hope he reconsiders.

  • jonnie

    i seen th full do at th BAF last week it one best animation there.

    its amazing,