In a phone interview with Mlive.com, Marc Platt, producer of the long-running Broadway musical WICKED, confirmed that the show will be adapted into a full-length feature film. ‘For sure, there will be a movie. I just can’t say when,’ he affirmed.
IS THIS REAL
PLEASE BE A GOOD MOVIE
IS THIS REALLY REAL
You heard it here first, Tumblr.
As many of you have already figured out, this was a hoax. I’m an art student, and those clips were something I put together in 6 hours in Photoshop (those of you mindlessly raging about “Flash” can simmer down now). I apologize for upsetting some of you. I absolutely love Wicked, and the prospect of an animated adaptation would get me excited too. I wasn’t trying to troll the fans, or make fun of them for getting worked up over a lie. There was a reason I tried to pass off these images as real and not as a fan project.
And the reason is, I wanted to show the interest for an animated Wicked production is there, and that it’s strong.
Not terribly long ago, a Disney artist posted a fan-made animatic for Defying Gravity. I was completely blown away when I saw it. I only had the most superficial knowledge of Wicked before that video came along, and when it did I was hooked. Not only did I fall in love with the musical, but I gained a new appreciation of what American feature animation could be. As one commenter put it, it was like Disney meets Dragon Ball Z…heartfelt sentiment meets thrilling action. I wanted to see a film like that! So I crossed my fingers and hoped the girl’s animatic would raise some eyebrows at Universal.
Apparently, it didn’t.
While an actual live-action movie adaptation for Wicked has been in some form of development for years, the word was always that the original cast members were “too old” to reprise their roles. But in animation, there really isn’t such a thing as too old. Frank Welker has been playing Fred- a teenager- from the Scooby-Doo franchise since 1969. Voice actors in their 40s, 50s, 60s, even 90s (shameless June Foray shoutout) play characters younger than them all the time. So in my eyes, and in the eyes of many fans, animation was the perfect solution to what the powers-that-be saw as the “age” problem.
Not only that, but the musical itself is reminiscent of the animated movies we all grew up on. It has that magic, that optimism, that tongue-and-cheek humor, even a similar kind of pacing…but with a darker edge, a more political twist. Imagine how subversive it would be if this story were packaged and sold like a traditional cartoon musical, but then surprised moviegoers with its content and message. It would be a striking statement, and one that would reach a very wide audience. And on top of things you wouldn’t have to worry about the special effects being believable!
A Wicked adaptation would benefit greatly from hand-drawn animation. You could even say it needs it. And truth be told, hand-drawn animation needs Wicked.
Presently, every animated movie that comes out in America is 3D animated. While the majority of television cartoons are still hand-drawn because the animation is done overseas, 3D CG dominates the big screen. Normally, I wouldn’t have a problem with 3D animated movies. It is, after all, one of many animation techniques that could be used for a film based on the needs of the story being told. But 3D animation seems to be the only technique American executives are interested in pursuing. According to them, hand-drawn is too expensive and too time consuming…any movie made with this technique would need to be a blockbuster hit to make the profits of a 3D animated film. And, well…the last few hand drawn films were not blockbuster hits.
But Wicked could be.
It has a built-in audience. It has a solid story, beloved characters, and well-known songs. And it would mitigate almost all of the risk normally involved with a hand-drawn film. If one of the major studios invested in a Wicked animated project, they wouldn’t have to worry about it paying off. It could be the project that makes audiences fall in love with hand-drawn animation again. It could be the project that wakes sleeping beauty once more.
So that’s why I did what I did. I needed to build a soapbox to give my piece from. I only hope that someone with the power to make this happen ends up seeing this. Because Wicked is the story that hand-drawn animation is waiting for, and it’s a story that needs to be heard by more people…and not everybody lives near a tour stop.
For Chloe. =)
apples to apples
The room was a sanctum of almost-quiet. The little tower clock in the corner ticked and clucked sometimes. Elphaba turned pages more often, hunched over her desk with her javelin chin tucked nearly to her chest. A dark sweater—black? very very very brown?—bunched between her shoulders, too big, too old. There were pills all over it. Elphaba’s fingers went out on either side of her book like long green flowers. Ugly flowers. Knobby flowers. Outside, the snow swirled down in pennants.
“I’m bored,” said Glinda.
“I’m unmoved,” said Elphaba, and turned another page.
Tick-cluck. Tick-cluck. The tower clock kept its count. Glinda groaned and rolled onto her belly, her face in her pillow, her feet kicking. Her stockings made scratchy stretching sounds but it was too cold to take them off. Icicles were growing on the sill at the window and the embers in the fireplace smoldered a low, useless orange.
“Elphie! Let’s do something.”
Oh wait. “Chloe” as in chloe-me?? THANK YOU ASH OMG I am gonna eat this fic up right now nffff Gelphiieeeee
Soooo…. I reread all of “Go Get a Roomie” today. Again. For like the fourth time (it’s THAT good, people). One of the many reasons I love it is the random fandom references Chloe likes to put in. Why? Because she has excellent fucking taste, that’s why!
Reference to Xena episode “Fins, Femmes, and Gems”
Aaaadventure Time! Bubbleline for the win!
… a horny lesbian cried out for a Roomie? … Anywho, more Xena!
Rizzoli and Isles… they really just need to screw each other.
Heh. Xena always had the best kind of subtext. The obvious kind.
Wicked! Mmm… Gelphie.
Mounty Python and the Holy Grail
Makes me wonder if she was rewatching Xena while making some of these.
Legend of Korra! D’awww! Korra/Asami baby!
See? Completely correct about her excellent taste. Did I miss any?
Haven’t read this AMAZING comic yet? You seriously need to get on that.Here. Don’t say I never gave ya nothin’.
Ok. I’m done gushing all over the place.
*Flutters away to get Roomie and Lazy Tyke tattooed on her ass*
This is awesome :D Never took the time to name all the references. I think there’s one or two other… lemme glance it over.
I need to buy myself a gameboy and catch ‘em all over again. EDIT: one of my room-mates just told me she had one and would lend it to me YES.
Oblivion: The Elder Scrolls.
I’m a Potter geek.
Also a Lord of the Rings geek.
There are a lot of Xena references, aren’t there? (“What Would Xena Do?” cup)
Portal again! Core on the cup.
Aaaand I’ll stop there, I think that’s most references :)
Witnessed some pretty harsh anti-gay sentiment today. Restoring balance to the universe’s positive energy by drawing lesbians.
Saw Wicked lately, so here are the leading ladies.
Yes, yes, and more yes.