First Look: Robert Rodriguez's New Kids Movie Shorts
by Alex Billington
December 13, 2008
Before Robert Rodriguez starts work on Sin City 2, he's got to finish up another kids movie, in the vein of Spy Kids or Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. The movie is called Shorts and is about a young boy who discovers a "colorful, wish-granting rock" (seen above) that causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it. In addition to William H. Macy, James Spader, and Leslie Mann, Shorts also stars Kat Dennings, Jimmy Bennett, Trevor Gagnon, and Robert's son Rebel Rodriguez. Honestly, I'm quite a bit bewildered by these oddly colorful photos.
Shorts is both written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the Spy Kids trilogy as well as Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D. Warner Brothers is releasing Shorts in theaters everywhere on August 7th, 2009 - potentially in 3-D. I'm personally not a fan of any of Rodriguez's kids movies, so I'm not sure I'll even take an interest in this in the end anyway. These photos remind me of Speed Racer, but in an even worse way, like as if a gay pride rock landed in the hands of the kids from Explorers. You probably won't be hearing much from us about Shorts next year, but at least we shared these photos with you.