Friday, August 31, 2007

Speed Racer Toys To Be Licensed By Mattel reports Mattel has won the licensing contest for Warner Bros. Speed Racer. The license includes "virtually all product lines, including vehicles, action figures, remote-control vehicles and more." [more]

"Mattel will tap into the action, characters and storyline to bring the film to life across a broad number of their product lines. With Speed’s Mach 5 leading the way, Hot Wheels will feature a wide assortment of die-cast vehicles, race sets and track sets based on the film. Tyco, the leading remote control vehicle brand, will put kids behind the wheel of the Mach 5 with r/c vehicles and racing sets. "

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wachowskis To Use Original ‘Speed Racer’ Theme

It has been revealed that the Wachowski Brothers have purchased the rights to the sound effects used in the Speed Racer cartoon, and confirmed that they will be using the trademark theme song. [details]

It’s all part of their attempt to reproduce the cartoon in reality which includes a new, full-focus camera technique (see Speed Racer Using Revolutionary Full Focus Cameras )

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Speed Racer Using Revolutionary Full Focus Cameras

The choice of making Speed Racer into a full-length feature film seems like an odd choice by the Wachowski Brothers.

The Brothers have quite the resume when it comes to bringing the new and exciting films to the screen. Their subject matter is always enriched with detail and struggles and they have a talent when it comes to creating digital effects.

So, what will the Brothers bring to the table for Speed Racer, a Japanese anime from the 1960's?

Seems like the guys are hard at work at utilizing a state-of-the-art camera system to replicate the anime-style of the world of Speed Racer.

Susan Sarandon confirmed that the camera system they are using will have layered film so that both the front and back are in focus like a cartoon. Holy shit, yep that's what she just said!

"They're using some high def thing that comes with guards and it's beyond anything I've ever…. I saw 10 minutes before I left, they did a special thing for me cause they're just wrapping and having a party tonight, they were still working after I left.

They're doing something where they're layering film so that the front and the back are in focus like a cartoon and they're also doing two dimensional and three dimensional stuff and mixing and everything is very, very saturated with some new kind of film, so they actually have to treat the actors in some way so we can hold our own with the background.

So it's every color that wasn't in The Matrix is seriously in this film. "
Supposedly they (The Wachowski's) were going to make the entire frame always in focus… like a cartoon. I had heard that the reason for the long filming process was not due to the extensive blue screen work, but due to this new look that they were going for. [ ...more]

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Speed Racer News Conference

A more detailed clip of the news conference for the Speed Racer movie. The cast gets introduced along with their characters as well as the emphasis of CG animation for the production of the film.

Speed Racer - First Look At The Cast

The June 2007 news conference that unveils the cast and Mach 5 of the movie. Joel Silver, Producer, explains the need for the Wachowskis to make a more 'family' oriented film.

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