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Post  brisallie on 1/28/2014, 4:28 pm

Noo!! Chris is working along Ron Perlman! For me that man is like a classic. Though is been years since I saw him in a movie or series. But anyway, I'm glad for Chris.


So cute. Even the animated dog looks like Chris lol

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Post  sheny on 1/28/2014, 4:29 pm

Chris Colfer and Ron Perlman Will Lend Their Voices to RoboDog
Source: Marza Animation Planet 
January 28, 2014






Golden Globe winners Chris Colfer ("Glee") and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) will lend their voices to Marza Animation Planet Inc.'s first original 3D CG animated film, RoboDog, to be directed by the Oscar-nominated Henry F. Anderson III (Gnomeo & Juliet), it was announced today by Marza's CEO, Masanao Maeda. Also revealed was a first look at the film's animated canine heroes, which you can check out at the bottom of this page.

Written by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning) and William Schneider, RoboDog is produced by Paul Wang (Astro Boy) and will be edited by studio veteran Tom Finan (Mr. Peabody & Sherman). 

RoboDog is said to be a classic, heart-warming adventure story about an unlikely duo who couldn't be more different. KC (Kinetic Canine) (Colfer) is a bright, energetic but overzealous robotic dog, while Marshall (Perlman) is an old, curmudgeonly "real" dog, set in his ways and has little patience for anything new. This canine odd couple embarks on the adventure of a lifetime where each will learn the true nature of friendship, and not to judge a book by its cover.

"We are absolutely ecstatic that Chris has chosen 'RoboDog' as his first foray into animation. Coupled with Ron's extraordinary voiceover work, the duo's talent will make for great chemistry onscreen. Timeless Films is by far the perfect fit for the project due to their expertise in both producing and selling animated films overseas," said Maeda. 

"We are thrilled to be working with Marza and the production team on this wonderfully original film and look forward to presenting it to all of our international distribution partners in Berlin," said Ralph Kamp, Chairman and CEO of Timeless Films. 

"Chris and Ron are the perfect actors to play KC and Marshall as their voices exemplify the qualities of each character. Chris has an appealing, youthful voice which fits right in with our lead character, KC, who is above all a charismatic entertainer. Ron's voice demands authority, but also has a soft, vulnerable side which works very well for Marshall who comes across as a grouch, but is really a sensitive dog dealing with his past," said Anderson. 

"The kid in me is barely being contained right now. I'm so happy to get the chance to work on my first animated film with this wonderful team," said Colfer.

Currently in pre-production with voiceover work set to start on February 1st, UK-based Timeless Films is handling international rights to the project, and will present it to buyers at next month’s European Film Market in Berlin.

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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 4:32 pm

Singing happens in anime films, but not as often as western animation. I think that this is going to be more along the lines of a Pixar-type film than Disney. This doesn't strike me as the kind of film that will have musical numbers incorporated into the film.

It would be great, however, if Chris gets to sing the song for the closing credits.

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Post  fantastica on 1/28/2014, 4:32 pm

mods: should this thread be in the "Chris in films" section? just a thought.
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Post  ChrisColferFan1 on 1/28/2014, 4:34 pm

Ranwing wrote:Singing happens in anime films, but not as often as western animation. I think that this is going to be more along the lines of a Pixar-type film than Disney. This doesn't strike me as the kind of film that will have musical numbers incorporated into the film.

It would be great, however, if Chris gets to sing the song for the closing credits.

Agree ,or in the opening credits or both.

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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 4:36 pm

Chris [Colfer] and Ron [Perlman] are the perfect actors to play KC and Marshall as their voices exemplify the qualities of each character. Chris has an appealing, youthful voice which fits right in with our lead character, KC, who is above all a charismatic entertainer. Ron’s voice demands authority, but also has a soft, vulnerable side which works very well for Marshall who comes across as a grouch, but is really a sensitive dog dealing with his past."

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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 4:38 pm

And now my inner bitch must make an appearance. Please correct me if i'm wrong, but Chris is going to be the orignal voice actor for this character. Not just being the American dub for a film that has already been produced in Japan with Japanese voice actors and the dub is for the western market.

This is a huge prize for Chris. To create an original animated character that can become as beloved as Dory (Ellen DeGeneres). To have a part that will always be linked to him and him alone as the original voice. Not just dubbing a small part in a film that has already been out in Japan for a considerable length of time (like someone I won't name here).

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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 4:44 pm

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Ranwing wrote:Singing happens in anime films, but not as often as western animation. I think that this is going to be more along the lines of a Pixar-type film than Disney. This doesn't strike me as the kind of film that will have musical numbers incorporated into the film.

It would be great, however, if Chris gets to sing the song for the closing credits.

Agree ,or  in the opening credits or both.

If they want a song for the film, it can be done as a TV commercial, advertising the amazing Kenetic Canine (with Chris singing the jingle). That would be a less intrusive way of having a song without having characters just breaking into song at any given moment.

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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 4:45 pm


Ranwing,

The dirty secret in Hollywood is that voice over work pays the bills for alot of actors, I was surprised to read how many actors from past series/movies do this work, Mark Harmon of Star Wars fame has done quite well with both SW and other animated stuff. It certainly beats a 9-5 job.

And yes, this is big, because it's a 3D CG production with an original lead character. Japanese anime can do very well in Asia and other markets besides Japan.

Chris fans should be justifiably thrilled for him that he landed the lead role in an original anime movie.

He's already had contacts with PIXAR so I'm sure there will be more voice over down the line for Chris. So happy for him.!
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Post  bayth on 1/28/2014, 4:51 pm

Buenos wrote:
Ranwing,

The dirty secret in Hollywood is that voice over work pays the bills for alot of actors, I was surprised to read how many actors from past series/movies do this work,  Mark Harmon of Star Wars fame has done quite well with both SW and other animated stuff.  It certainly beats a 9-5 job.

Mark Hamill.  Star Wars fan from having seen the movie back in 1977.  Yes, I'm dating myself.  I can remember going to the movie theater 15 times to see this - having a crush on Mr. Hamill.

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Post  sheny on 1/28/2014, 4:54 pm

It's so great to see people who appreciate his amazing voice and give him a lead role, unlike some idiots (yeah I'm talking about you Murphy) who ignore him every week in favour of bland and mediocre.


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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 4:55 pm

Think that you meant Mark Hamill.  fanny2 

I totally agree with you - little jobs pay bills and unless one has steady work, you'd be stupid to turn down anything that gives you a credit and some cash. There's no shame in taking small jobs and I would rather see an actor that I like get a small part in a prestigious film rather than a lead in a peice of garbage that goes straight to video.

Now, having said that, this is Chris's first lead part outside of Glee and I'm having a very difficult time containing my squee. That he gets to work with a great talent like Ron Perlman and with a really good director just hightens my excitement. And the quality of the animation looks great (certainly on a level with Despicable Me and way above Dorothy of Oz) gives me hope that this is going to be a quality project for Chris. Would I be happy to see him doing a dub job for a respected anime for an American audience if that's what he's offered? Sure. But I'm not going to lie and say that between the two, a lead part like this one is a much more pleasent prospect for me to enjoy.

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Post  fantastica on 1/28/2014, 4:57 pm

i think this anime is created for the world market, so it will be voiced in english (american english i assume) in its original soundtrack. it will probably be dubbed in japanese when shown in japan, but its mainly a hollywood movie. i am certainly not complaining. I am more than happy to hear the news. when is it going to be released?
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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 4:58 pm

bayth wrote:
Buenos wrote:
Ranwing,

The dirty secret in Hollywood is that voice over work pays the bills for alot of actors, I was surprised to read how many actors from past series/movies do this work,  Mark Harmon of Star Wars fame has done quite well with both SW and other animated stuff.  It certainly beats a 9-5 job.

Mark Hamill.  Star Wars fan from having seen the movie back in 1977.  Yes, I'm dating myself.  I can remember going to the movie theater 15 times to see this - having a crush on Mr. Hamill.

You and me both. I fell in love with him when I saw Star Wars on my 10th birthday (yes, I'm dating myself again) and I was thrilled to have met him at a convention before Return of the Jedi came out (and he is an absolute darling). Besides his animation work, he's also written comic books and done a lot of stage work (playing parts like Mozart in Amadeus and the lead in The Elephant Man). His career tends to be overshadowed by Harrison Ford's, but it's nothing at all to sneeze at.

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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 5:01 pm

fantastica wrote:i think this anime is created for the world market, so it will be voiced in english (american english i assume) in its original soundtrack. it will probably be dubbed in japanese when shown in japan, but its mainly a hollywood movie. i am certainly not complaining. I am more than happy to hear the news. when is it going to be released?

Actually, if it's shown in Japan, it'll more likely be shown in English with subtitles. The two western films that I saw while I was in Japan were subtltled rather than dubbed. They don't seem to have the same issue with having to read while watching a film that we do in the US.

And Chris has a healthy body of Japanese fans, so using him to market the film there would be a big plus. They wouldn't want to lose that.

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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 5:01 pm

Ranwing wrote:Think that you meant Mark Hamill.  fanny2 

I totally agree with you - little jobs pay bills and unless one has steady work, you'd be stupid to turn down anything that gives you a credit and some cash. There's no shame in taking small jobs and I would rather see an actor that I like get a small part in a prestigious film rather than a lead in a peice of garbage that goes straight to video.

Now, having said that, this is Chris's first lead part outside of Glee and I'm having a very difficult time containing my squee. That he gets to work with a great talent like Ron Perlman and with a really good director just hightens my excitement. And the quality of the animation looks great (certainly on a level with Despicable Me and way above Dorothy of Oz) gives me hope that this is going to be a quality project for Chris. Would I be happy to see him doing a dub job for a respected anime for an American audience if that's what he's offered? Sure. But I'm not going to lie and say that between the two, a lead part like this one is a much more pleasent prospect for me to enjoy.

Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill. Embarassed 

From what I read so far they already an international distribution deal worked out. I just love that Chris is branching out in something that potentially could be a lucrative franchise for him.
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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 5:21 pm

This can really be huge for Chris. I know that doing animated voices doesn't have quite the prestigue of other acting jobs in the US, but if this film is successful, it can really help Chris's career in a big way.

Ironically, some of the most popular and successful actors in Japan are seiyuu (voice actors). One of my favorites is Takehito Koyasu and he has been in literally hundreds of anime playing all kinds of parts. He's got a gorgeous voice and he's played dramatic leads, comedic roles (leads and supporting) and even hentai (porn). His popularity as a seiyuu allowed him to branch off intro writing where he created his own original anime series (Weiss Kreuz) where he invited his closest friends in the industry to work on the series and it became a major fan favorite. He's also recorded albums and gone on tour. It's quite a career for him.

Now I don't want to see Chris only do animated films because as much as I love to listen to his voice, I so enjoy the total package. But if he can build a career like Koyasu's, I would hardly complain (though not quite sure about the porn part).

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Post  Georgette888 on 1/28/2014, 6:08 pm

Thank god. Some news of something non-Glee! *g* So pleased!!!
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Post  ChrisColferFan1 on 1/28/2014, 6:13 pm

Georgette888 wrote:Thank god. Some news of something non-Glee! *g* So pleased!!!

Agree can't wait until Chris is free of Glee. Hope there is no Spin-off.

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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 6:27 pm

This is really such an ideal project for Chris at this point because he still has a full time comittment to Glee (regardless of how little he might actually be used). Unlike a regular film where he needs to be on set in order to work, he'll be doing most of his work in a recording studio and they can arrange the time around his Glee schedule. So long as all the voice recording is done in time for the planned editing date, he can work around his other comittments.

I'm guessing that with the high quality of the promo shots of the characters that a lot of the animation logistics have been worked out. The character designs look fantastic and I think that they did want something in the animated characters to recall the voice actors (which implies that Chris comitted to this project a long time ago). The animators will use Chris's voice performance as a guide for the final animation. We might see it in release as early as the Christmas holiday season of 2014, or for summer in 2015. Did anyone see a proposed release date?

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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 6:29 pm

ChrisColferFan1 wrote:
Georgette888 wrote:Thank god. Some news of something non-Glee! *g* So pleased!!!

Agree can't wait  until Chris is free of Glee. Hope there  is no Spin-off.

When you think about, Glee for all intents and purposes has now become the original spin-off idea. Young characters navigating a career in the performing arts in NY, etc, etc.

If by some miracle the ratings improve next year Glee can always renege on Season6 year being the final one and holding the younger actors to (in my guess) the final 7th year of their contract. Either way, they would probably have to negotiate another contract with Chris and company beyond that.

Personally I doubt that will happen maybe 1000 to 1. What are the odds?  coool 


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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 6:36 pm

Ranwing wrote:This is really such an ideal project for Chris at this point because he still has a full time comittment to Glee (regardless of how little he might actually be used). Unlike a regular film where he needs to be on set in order to work, he'll be doing most of his work in a recording studio and they can arrange the time around his Glee schedule. So long as all the voice recording is done in time for the planned editing date, he can work around his other comittments.

I'm guessing that with the high quality of the promo shots of the characters that a lot of the animation logistics have been worked out. The character designs look fantastic and I think that they did want something in the animated characters to recall the voice actors (which implies that Chris comitted to this project a long time ago). The animators will use Chris's voice performance as a guide for the final animation. We might see it in release as early as the Christmas holiday season of 2014, or for summer in 2015. Did anyone see a proposed release date?

That's my guess too. I doubt Chris and Ron didn't have this worked out many months ago if the voice over work is already starting, and the gifs they let out look way indicate the characters have been pretty much realized animation wise. They are going for a 3D movie which could work out very well for this type of animation , though I 'm not sure if alot of anime are released 3D, sounds very ambitious to me.
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Post  Ranwing on 1/28/2014, 6:43 pm

There have been some CGI anime films, but it's not the norm in Japan. But a lot of fims are relying heavily on computers now (combining it with traditional animation). In Japan they love the look of traditional animation, but computer graphics allow effects that had previously not been possible without completely destorying the artists.

The one good thing about doing the computer animation is that it makes the process a lot faster. Once they have the actor recordings, it won't take nearly as long to match the animation to the voices (unlike traditional animation where they'd be drawing things by hand). I think that a Christmas release might be really pushing it, but next summer is more than possible.

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Post  Buenos on 1/28/2014, 7:16 pm

I think traditional Japanese anime looks gorgeous, but yes, CGI, is like any tool, if used well it works.
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Post  ColferInspired on 1/28/2014, 7:48 pm

Ranwing wrote:
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OMG! Cannot handle just how adorable his character is!  ded

 

And he's blue. Chris's favourite colour, so this is just perfect.

I am so happy for Chris and I have always loved Ron Pearlman.  Smile
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