Del Toro Adapting Animated Short 'Alma' at DreamWorks Anim
Looks like Guillermo del Toro is already starting to guide DreamWorks down a new path. Heat Vision reports that del Toro is helping develop a feature-length version of Rodrigo Blaas' award winning animated short film Alma. I'm not sure if many people got to see this last year when it first premiered, but there's an embedded version of the full short which you can watch below. It's a charming, wonderfully animated short made by former Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas, who will write & direct the feature at DreamWorks. Blaas, to help take some workload off del Toro, is also helping co-direct his other new DWA project Trollhunters.
Alma centers on a young girl who gets lured into an enchanted toy store, drawn in by its beautiful collection of dolls, including one that looks just like her. She discovers only too late that the shop is nefariously intent on adding her to its permanent collection. Blaas made the film on his own time when he wasn't working at Pixar. It's an impressive short for his own solo debut. I was waiting to see if this would get picked up, as it's the kind of short you watch and immediately want to see more. I just hope this doesn't get dumbed down and/or tweaked by DreamWorks too much. As in, I really hope he keeps the character design and story the same. Anyway, watch Alma below and get ready to see a feature-length version of this short coming soon.