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Bryan Lee O'Malley Explains Scott Pilgrim Animation

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February 8, 2009
Source: MTV

Bryan Lee O'Malley

Last week we ran a rather interesting news tidbit regarding Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, based on an Oni Press comic book series written and drawn by Bryan Lee O'Malley (seen above). Actor Brandon Routh, who has a role in the film as an evil ex-boyfriend, said that it will feature "a mix of real people and drawn animation." After the news hit, a reader wrote in our comments that they had asked Bryan Lee O'Malley about this and his response that he had "no idea" what Routh was talking about. Well, courtesy of the New York Comic Con, MTV followed up with O'Malley and got a bit of clarification.

"I think what he said was kind of blown out of proportion by the rumor mill," O'Malley told MTV. "It's not going to be like half the thing is hand-animated, like they're saying on the internet lately." I don't think we said anything that crazy, though we speculated some of the battles might have hand drawn backgrounds. Although he's not sure, O'Malley said that he believes Routh was talking "more about special effects and incorporating some hand-drawn doodling and stuff. It's not going to be a hand-drawn Michael Cera." Of course not! Based on Routh's statement, this is exactly what we were expecting anyway.

This should clear up any concerns that were brought up regarding the hand drawn animation aspect of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. MTV also asked O'Malley if might draw some of the animation himself. "I might be involved a little bit," he hinted, "but it's still kind of early on that." Whether or not he does end up contributing some hand drawn work to Scott Pilgrim, I'm still excited to see what Edgar Wright will come up with, especially with the impressive cast that he's rounded up as well as technical elements like this. Shooting will start in the next month or so in Toronto and we can expect to see Scott Pilgrim by 2010.

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  • edgar wright himself is enough for me to glued to the seat ! this is getting better and better... im always been a sucker for hand drawn animation... how ever simple and rough it will be...
  • I love that there will be bits of animation throughout. There's a music video I saw recently that mixed animation and live-action (http://www.superu.ca/contestant/772/45). I hope the integration in Scott Pilgrim works the way we all imagine it will!

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