I already saw it on the 19th. And I loved it.
(I write it that way because each one of those is a massive challenge in-and-of-itself, and these guys tackled them all in one project.)
I've never seen anyone work longer or harder on a single creative project...just shy of six years. Six years of long nights and continuous re-writes and editing rooms and voice casting and co-ordinating over 500 people and studio hassles and all the rest. I remember talking with Chris when he first took the job and thinking "Wow, it won't be out until 2009! That feels like decades away." Such is the nature of animated film...but these guys' enthusiasm was unflagging throughout.
The good news is, it looks like it's going to be the #1 movie this weekend at the box office, which makes me so, so happy for them. They deserve every success that comes their way...they are immensely talented and hard-workin' dudes.
So go see it!
How did your friends get into a position to direct a major motion picture at such a young age? And how is it you know so many people in TV and film? I need to know what I'm doing wrong!
I just saw this tonight in 3D, it is every bit as good as a Pixar movie. I have a degree in animation so I know the amount of work that went into this, and it is quite incredible. The color schemes, the complexity and smoothness of the animation and lighting it is very well done. I shudder to think of the modeling and animating involved in that spaghetti cyclone, not to mention the lighting in the Jello scene. I want to own this one on dvd especially if it is available in 3D. I loved the end credits stylization too. If you have not seen it GO NOW!