Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Will Feature Hand Drawn Animation

February 4, 2009
Source: Collider

Scott Pilgrim vs the World

One movie that we're looking forward to quite a bit is Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which is gearing up to start shooting this month in Toronto. We've written plenty about the cast and story before, so we know almost everything about it, right? Well, Collider recently talked to Brandon Routh, who is playing one of evil ex-boyfriends known as Todd Ingram, and learned that apparently the movie will feature some hand drawn animation. Just in case you didn't know, Scott Pilgrim is based on Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic book series, which features awesome black and white drawings. Yea, this sounds cool.

Routh says that the film will have some "really cool things," more specifically that it will feature "a mix of real people and drawn animation" and that "people are going to be shocked by this." We're not exactly sure what that all means, but in the comic, whenever Scott Pilgrim battles one of the evil exes (there are seven in total) in order to eventually win the heart of Ramona V. Flowers, the fight plays out like a "boss battle" reminiscent of any video game. Now imagine seeing that adapted to the big screen in a cool combination of hand drawn animation and live-action Michael Cera ass-kicking. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Peter from SlashFilm speculates that it probably won't look like Sin City (green screen) or A Scanner Darkly (rotoscoping). If we can dream, too, maybe this means we'll literally see some black and white hand drawn animation overlaid with real actors "fighting", like a trippy mix of a comic book and a video game. Whatever the result, I'm expecting this to be pretty damn cool. I'm curious whether there are so more unique things that Edgar has planned for Scott Pilgrim that we don't know about? At least you now might start to understand why we're so excited for this! I just knew Edgar had some tricks up his sleeve…

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Sounds like the biscuits! This is quite exciting. I'm quite excited! Hand drawn is so retro! Wouldn't they be better with 3d? Ha ha. Of course not, can't wait.

Crapola on Feb 4, 2009


I asked Brian Lee O'Malley about this (via Twitter) and here was his response... "I honestly have no idea what he is talking about"

PiratedTVPro on Feb 4, 2009


Has anyone been looking at Edgar Wright's MySpace bog? He posts a photo a day and the most recent are Scott Pilgrim related.

Radam on Feb 4, 2009


Michael Cera's in this? cool

Scott McHenry on Feb 4, 2009


I just started reading this series a few weeks ago its great. Only fear I have for it is Michael Cera. He's always played his roles as very quiet and shy. Don't see how'll he play the hyper full of energy scott. That animation sounds nice. I have full faith in Edgar, and the reat of the cast even though I still can't get past Cera. Seems to me he was forced on the movie based on popularty from Juno and Superbad. Which are very different from this movie. Cera will have to expand past his normal acting range.

jesse on Feb 4, 2009


@#5 I agree with you completely. A few other people I've talked to who've read the books, seem to think my interpretation of Scott is a little off. My wife says Scott is a lot closer to Michael Cera than I say he is. If that's true, I think I like my version.

Jeff on Feb 4, 2009


lol sounds like an 80's rock video. Having said that I do have some thoughts

Silver on Feb 5, 2009

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