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    Your Friend The Rat

    In relation to Al's post on the front page, here are some stills to give you an image of what the new Pixar short will look like. I have also included a brief description of the short from scifi.com

    The stills below are courtesy of Animated-News.com

    10/31/2007: "Your Friend The Rat stills"

    The following are three stills from Your Friend The Rat, a short that will be available on the standard DVD as well as the Blu-Ray edition of Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille, both available November 6:
    Your Friend The Rat
    The short features Remy & Emile as they guide viewers through the history of the rat and attempt to correct some common misperceptions of this furry and misunderstood friend.
    Written & Directed by: Jim Capobianco
    Producer: Ann Brilz
    Executive Producers: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
    Story: Jeff Pidgeon, Alexander Woo
    Cast: Patton Oswalt (Remy), Peter Sohn (Emile), Lou Romano (Linguini)


    Rat DVD Has First Pixar 2-D Toon

    The upcoming DVD release of Disney/Pixar's animated Ratatouille movie will feature something unique: The first hand-drawn animated 2-D short in Pixar's history. Jim Capobianco, who directed the short, titled "Your Friend the Rat," told reporters that he got the idea from seeing how much research the filmmakers did into rat behavior and history—much of which never made it into the final film.

    "We had to be kind of smart and think of ways to put this together," Capobianco told a group of reporters at Pixar's headquarters in Emeryville, Calif., on Oct. 29. That meant finding people who could do the traditional animation, drawn with pencils on paper, as well as finding space at Pixar's vast campus to produce the 11-minute movie, which is also, oxymoronically, the longest short Pixar has ever produced.

    The film features a mix of 3-D computer animation, 2-D line animation, live-action filmed segments and even a bit of stop-motion animation, another Pixar first. The movie stars Ratatouille's hero, Remy the rat (voiced by Patton Oswalt), and his brother, Emile (Peter Sohn), who talk about the history and behavior of rats in an effort to persuade human viewers not to kill the ubiquitous rodents. "We had to be scrappy" to get the movie made, said Capobianco, who worked as a story supervisor on Ratatouille.

    For example, to shoot a sequence of stop-motion animation, Capobianco and his team made use of a darkened screening room at Pixar, since the studio has no stop-motion stages. For another sequence, Capobianco's animators drew a series of line drawings on a chalkboard. The result is reminiscent of 1960s-era educational films, old UPA shorts and classic Ward Kimball animation from Disney, he said.
    Sounds Very Interesting! Can't wait to see the finished product.

    Thanks to Cartoon Brew, Animted-News, Scifi.com, and Al for sharing the information.
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    Re: Your Friend The Rat

    Looking forward to it. Ratatouille is my favorite of all them.

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    Re: Your Friend The Rat

    ORWEN: We're s-o-o-o-o-o-o looking forward to conjuring this up inside our crystal ball, us Cauldron girls are!!!!

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