Just when you thought cartoons like Dexter's Laboratory or Samurai Jack will ever come back...think again!
Hopefully, in the year 2020(?) or some later future time, the visionary mind(s) of Timothy McKenzie (that is yours truly) and (hopefully) Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory and Sym-Bionic Titan and the director of Hotel Transylvania, will take you on an epic, spectacular journey beyond your imagination—an epic journey through the 'Brave Toon World' of "ToonTalker", the tale of Brandon Robertson, a high school grad destined as the ToonTalker to bring balance to and protect both the real world and the cartoon world (which I want to look very much like that of a Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon a la Samurai Jack) from the Aku-like evil shape-shifting demon wizard Khan Morgo and his minions (most notably Mordred, a Mandark-like rival neighbor to the Dexter-like scientist Dartmouth).
I wish ToonTalker might also pull a neat visual trick after Brandon is transported to an animated Genndy Tartakovsky-inspired cartoon world: hopefully the aspect ratio might switch from a flat 1.85:1 ratio in early portions of ToonTalker (or even the first half-hour) to a 2.39:1 scope aspect ratio (for the rest of the movie) to give the audience a sense of seeing the cartoon world through unchanged human eyes.
Given that contact between the human world and the cartoon world is one of the oldest special effects in Hollywood moviemaking, and given that ToonTalker is also based on and inspired by the time-proven concept of having a live human actor visit a completely animated cartoon world populated by completely animated cartoon characters and creatures (a la the 1996 Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes mash up Space Jam), hopefully, even if ToonTalker will be part live action, part animated Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon and part special effects movie, ToonTalker is gonna be good or great or awesome, or would it?
Anyway, imagine the quest plot of Jim Henson's 1982 fantasy puppet movie and cult classic The Dark Crystal (in which the main character quests his or her way through some world to save said world from death and destruction by healing some giant crystallized thingy using some crystallized shard) combined with a whole lotta things (characters and all) straight out of Genndy Tartakovsky's cartoon animation work (most notably Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory or even Sym-Bionic Titan), elements of the visual wonders of stuff like The Wizard of Oz, James Cameron's Avatar and the 2013 movie Gravity, and even the 1996 Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes vehicle Space Jam's time-proven concept of having a live human actor visit, move around and interact within a mostly 2d animated cartoon world inhabited by mostly 2d animated cartoon characters/creatures (and also a visual trick of having the first quarter or first half-hour or so (up until the scene where the main human character travels to the cartoon world for the first time) being shown in a flat 1.85:1 screen aspect ratio before opening up the screen to a Cinemascope widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 for the rest of the movie (when said live human wake up or arrived in the cartoon world or something like that) though the intended visual effect might be lost somewhat for home video release by having the opening 1.85:1 ratio window boxed into the 2.40:1 frame the movie will eventually expand to)—as well as Space Jam's merging of three distinct worlds (live action movie-making, 2d traditional (and largely) hand drawn cartoon animation (albeit in the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon style of his work on Dexter's Lab and Samurai Jack) and modern digital CGI special/visual effects technology, and you will have something a bit like 'ToonTalker', an epic adventure which will also be a heartfelt tribute to the Russian-born Cult Animator behind Dexter's Laboratory and Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky, as well as his 2d animation work, in ways best suited to his talent and genius.
And so, what do you think of all that?
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Title: ToonTalker Uploaded: February 9, 2014 (Timboxmckenzie)