Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Meet the Monsters (NEWS)

This might be old news to some but it’s amazing news none the less for Abbott & Costello fans like myself. Cantina Pictures are producing a two-minute test film for a proposed ANIMATED feature called Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters, a horror / comedy based on 1948’s A & C Meet Frankenstein, but with the stylized look and feel of Mad Monster Party! And this time the classic comedy duo will also encounter The Creature, Mr. Hyde, The Bride, The Phantom, and The Mummy too!

Click HERE to find out more, and then view photos of early model sculpts, animated storyboards, conceptual sketches, posters, a test script and more!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

THIS COULD BE AMAZING! AND A WONDERFUL NEW WAY TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO NOT ONLY THE CLASSIC MONSTERS BUT ALSO ABOTT AND COSTELLO. THE ANIMATED STORYBOARD IS GREAT......THE VOICE ACTORS ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

Karswell said...

>A WONDERFUL NEW WAY TO INTRODUCE KIDS

I agree. I discovered A&C as a kid in the early 70's and have loved them my whole life. Modern kids are little more jaded and have a different sense of what's funny these days, but some elements of A&C humor is forever timeless, as are MONSTERS. Plus, this is a much better project than just colorizing the original A&C movies.

>THE VOICE ACTORS ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

They're an East coast comedy team calling themselves simply "Bud & Lou." Here's their official website:

http://heyabbott.com/

And here they are on youtube doing the famous "Who's On First?" routine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMINnrSE4iY

CG said...

I'm a huge A&C fan, and I hadn't heard about this at all. Thanks for the info!! This has the potential to be incredible. Got to let me know if/when you hear anything more about it.

Anonymous said...

This does sound neat, the clay figures are very funny and really good caricatures of Bud and Lou. And the voices are incredible!

I hate the artwork on the poster though.

Karswell said...

>I hate the artwork on the poster though.

The title treatment is especially awful. The artwork is okay, but completely wrong for a movie poster. What they need to do is get someone like Mike Hoffman or Eric Powell to do a really nice painted poster, something more reminiscent of the original A&C posters of the 40's.

Horror pariah said...

Looks fun,im even willing to forgive the fact that they forgot who was Costello and who was Abbot.also glad it'll use the original designs,unlike that overblown CGI crapfest VAN HELSING.I still wish that Hammer had done a Benny Hill/Baron Frankenstein movie back in the 70's though!.

Dr.Phibes said...

This could be real good. My son is about to turn 7 and he loves Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The other horror stuff is still too scary for him. That film was the first exposure to Universal monsters for many of us.

Karswell said...

Doc Phibes: that's cool John is loving the monsters. Like I've said many times, "Monsters are timeless." I'm surprised someone hasn't launched a series of animated features based on Frankenstein, Drac, Wolfman, Mummy etc... you know, fully animated but aimed more towards kids. They can add all the subtle adult stuff like they do with all the boring bug and penguin movies, but still keep it faithful to the original films, or stories.

B-Sol said...

I'm amazed by this. I hope it happens. It seems like in the past 15 years or so, that entire era has been totally forgotten by mainstream pop culture. This would be very refreshing indeed.
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Karswell said...

>in the past 15 years or so, that entire era has been totally forgotten by mainstream pop culture.

Sad but true... you can hardly blame the major networks because they feel they need to only focus on the new stuff via pressure from their idiotic sponsers. Great cable channels like TCM remember the importance of the classics and continue to preserve and showcase these films daily so they will not be forgotten for (and by) future generations.

Parent's who grew up with these films could do more to expose their kids to more stuff like this too instead of ignoring it like it never existed. Instead of putting in the crappy Garfield Movie dvd how about showing them an A&C movie instead? There's many options to enlightening and educating your children's entertainment value. Start on them young and they can grow to appreciate everything, old and new.