I know I am posting this late, but I figured I’d show it to anyone that has yet to see it. It is basically an old promo picture of Oozaru (possibly in pre production before adding his fur and details with CGI). You can see the resemblence between this photo and the very old leaked previous picture of “beta” Oozaru.
A new article from VFXWorld has given insight on how most of the special effects in DragonballEvolution were done.
Asked what sequence pushed his team the most creatively, Raymond replies, “The Dragon Temple sequence was definitively a good challenge for us. We had to make the Temple very similar to the surrounding rock formation all the while creating a look that would make it seem as if it had been hidden underground for thousands of years. The high point was making it come out from the ground and the result is simply astonishing, thanks to our R&D team, which managed to develop tools to help us reproduce a very natural look and feel to the moving and falling rocks, dust and debris.
“We are also very pleased with the look our artists created for the different energy blasts,” he continues. “The main difficulty we had to overcome was to show how Goku didn’t have any control over this at the beginning, and then slowly make it into something that became more powerful, and under control. So while the Dragon Temple was a very big challenge for us, I think the subtlety and the evolution of Goku’s energy blasts, as well as the demonstration of Master Roshi’s power are both something Hybride can be very proud of. There is a very powerful scene where Master Roshi uses his full power to bring back a near to death Goku. So having started with something very weak and out of control and transforming it to point where we feel the energy created by Goku is fully under control is definitely something we are pleased to have achieved.”
Another new behind the scenes video for DragonballEvolution has made its way onto Facebook. Although it mainly focuses on the stunts, it reveals some new interesting never before scenes. These scenes didn’t make the movie and are mainly of the Goku vs Piccolo battle. We get to see actual fist exchanging fighting in this footage.
Variety has given the report for the domestic premiere of DragonballEvolution.
Fox’s “Dragonball: Evolution,” managed only No. 8 in its domestic debut, grossing an estimated $4.7 million from 2,181 theaters. Studio had limited expectations for the film, which was narrowly targeted to boys.
This was expected due to the lack of promotion for the film. Box Office Mojo even reports that the film has only made $30,071,834 worldwide so far. Let’s just hope it make enough earnings in theatres to encourage a sequel.
Although the box office results for DragonballEvolution for the US premiere was pretty bad (due to lack of promotion), it appears the sequel may truly be green lit. We get more confirmation from James Marsters in this recent interview.
Al Norton: You mentioned other movies in this series, obviously in a project like this there is hope of doing more but are you already set for them?
James Marsters: I was told the day before yesterday that we’re green lit for the second film and it’s ok to tell the press.
Al Norton: So are you going to just stay in shape? Did you have a little post-production celebration of being able to eat what you wanted?
James Marsters: No (laughing). I went from grueling workouts during Dragon Ball to shooting in eastern Europe for two films, getting a little out of shape but not bad at all. I’m on a good workout now but as soon as I get back from playing music in May the stunt crew is going to have me again.
When I signed on for Dragon Ball I knew it was all about transformation. The characters start at one power level and they transform into a new and more powerful version of themselves, and that happens to each of them more than once. It’s going to be very important to step up and give that physical transformation so that every movie that comes down the road makes the audience go, “oh my god, is that the same guy?” I’m going to have to keep topping myself and frankly I was in better shape for Dragon Ball than I was for Buffy.
Al Norton: Have you seen the finished product?
James Marsters: Yes, three times. I like it better every time. Twice in English and once in Japanese. It was dubbed but I chose to think that the acting was very good.
The long wait is finally over, DragonballEvolution has hit theaters today worldwide. So, go and visit your local theater to watch the live action version of Dragon Ball! Feel free to comment here on what you think about the film. We can also expect some footage of the US premiere.
In a recent interview, the cast of DragonballEvolution shared their thoughts on the film.
Have you all watched the movie? What did you think when you watched yourselves performing the superpowers with the CGI?
Jamie Chung: It blew my mind! James would not even give us even a sneak peek as to what he was working on. He would go into his Bat Cave and do his editing. I didn’t hear back from anyone for the longest time and finally we sat down and watched it. It blew my mind! It was two hours long and it went by in five minutes! I was like: ‘That’s it?! No!! None of my scenes were cut, thanks James. I was so impressed with all the special effects. It was so magical.
Justin Chatwin: I was nervous because there has never been an American adaptation of a manga, so James is really pioneering this ground for film makers. I was nervous, because I was like: ‘ Alright, I’m in an orange ninja suit with half a foot long hair, running around doing ninja stuff. This was either going to be really good or the end of my career. It might as well do it now rather than later! (Jokes) When I sat down to watch it, I was really nervous, but once the movie started, the music comes in and the characters come to life and just the colours and the tone, and the balance of violence and comedy ” once it started, I mean, it started and then it ended and I was really happy. I think it’s a super fun movie. It’s up there in the vein of movies I loved growing up, like Ninja Turtles, Batman and Back to the Future, movies like that.
James Marsters: It reminded me of a freight train. It left the station and it didn’t slow down. There are moments when I used to watch the anime where your jaw would just drop, there would be certain moments in the cartoon that the fight would happen and you would be like: I cannot believe I just saw that. And that was very much like the film. Right out the gates in the beginning of this picture, you’re just blown to the back of your seat with the back-story, then you’ve got the fight on the wires and it all builds to the end in the desert. There were quite a few moments when I was like: Oh my! That’s so huge. I was very happy too.
MTV posted a bit more concerning the possible sequel to DragonballEvolution. We hear more tidbits from the cast and director James Wong.
With volume after volume of the original manga and hundreds of episodes of multiple anime series, it’s no surprise that next week’s “DragonballEvolution” only touches the tip of the iceberg in regards to the epic mythology of “Dragonball.” What is a surprise, however, is that a sequel has already been penned.
“I know they’ve written a second one and it’s pretty far out there,” actor Justin Chatwin told MTV News. Chatwin plays Goku, the hero of the tale, who seeks to recover the powerful “Dragonballs” and protect the world from the evil Lord Piccolo, played by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum James Marsters.
“The second one really goes to some different places that I’ve never seen in any comic book adaptation,” said Chatwin.
Chatwin admits that he hasn’t read the sequel script firsthand, but that he’s been told a lot about it and that he and co-star Emmy Rossum (Bulma) would jump at the chance to return for more.
Likewise, Marsters is not only ready for a second chapter, but would like to see the franchise continue indefinitely. A die-hard fan of the anime, Marsters has every intention of fulfilling the arc of Piccolo in live-action.
“We’re going to get to ‘Dragonball Z’ later,” said Marsters, “where Piccolo becomes youthful and he’s going to become the Piccolo that most people recognize.”
Director James Wong was a tad more cautious and wants to reminds fans that, even though a sequel may have already been written (he would neither confirm nor deny the script’s existence), the litmus test is really going to come down to next weekend’s box office. Then again, if “Star Trek” is doing it, maybe the premature sequel is the next big thing.
Anyways, I’d just like to remind everyone the upcoming events for all Dragon Ball fans. This month is the biggest of the decade for fans everywhere, live action and anime wise.
The hugest event is obviously DragonballEvolution. The film’s domestic release is only 10 days away (April 10th 2009). I hope most of you will go and see this film regardless of the trailers/clips/reviews you have seen.
Another huge event is the refreshing of the ever popular series, Dragon Ball Z. It was confirmed a while back that the Z series is getting a revamp into HD and would be further named, Dragon Ball Kai. The new series begins on Japanese television on 05 April 2009 on Fuji TV at 9:00 am.
And don’t forget about the Video Game being made for the DS that is based on DB Kai and will release April 29th. Here’s a trailer for that.
I will be making a section dedicated to Dragon Ball Kai with all current information and media soon. And hopefully we get some brand new screen shots from this on the 5th.
It seems Emmy Rossum (who plays Bulma) has a little message to anyone doubting this movie.
“It is called ‘DragonballEvolution’ because it is an evolution of the series, and I think that when you’re going from a comic to live-action things are going to change,” Rossum explained in an exclusive chat with MTV News. “When you take it into 3D that way, it’s just going to be a little different. but I think the core of what it it and the core of the story and the core of the characters is the same.”
And while Rossum admits that she’s tried her best not to pay attention to the detractors out in message board land in terms of the overall look and feel of the adaptation, she feels that what changes have been made will be for the better, and are a natural progression when a comic makes the jump to the screen.
“When you’re talking about translating a comic into real life, a lot of things change,” said Rossum. “My hair isn’t all blue in the film and Justin Chatwin’s hair isn’t 10-feet high, so I think everything changes a bit or gets lost in translation, so I hope that [the fans are] pleased.”