I’m not sure how Crazy, Stupid, Love. has slipped past my radar, despite all that punctuation. It’s a romantic comedy starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl, Half Nelson), Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon (Guiding Light), and Marisa Tomei; written by the Dan Fogelman (Tangled, Bolt, Cars); and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writer-directors behind criminally-underseen I Love You, Phillip Morris (not to mention the writers of Bad Santa, which is one of my favorite comedies of the last twenty years).
I laughed out loud several times at the trailer, and the humor goes a little black more than once â€” and some early buzz seems to indicate that there’s more than just laughs to the whole movie. You can read the synopsis (or see the trailer in HD) over at iTunes Movie Trailers, but you get everything you need just by watching this:
The story seems to be little more than an excuse to string together weird and/or fun things together, but the animation and character designs are fantastic. There’s an almost seamless blend of 2D and 3D animation at play here, and I can’t help wondering what this team could do with a budget. Definitely check this out when you have seven minutes to spare.
“Alma,” by former Pixar employee Rodrigo Blaas, is a wonderfully creepy short from a couple of years back. Gorgeously animated and impeccably told, it wasn’t very surprising to learn that Guillermo del Toro and Dreamworks have optioned “Alma” to develop into a full-length feature, to be co-directed by Blaas and del Toro. While the resulting feature â€” if it should ever see the light of the silver screen â€” will almost undoubtedly have a more upbeat ending, I think it could work rather well, provided they keep the creepiness intact in the rest of the tale.
(Thanks to Mathew Hamilton Watts for reminding me about “Alma”!)