Animator and animation historian John Canemaker’s first monthly column for printmag.com is a chat with cartoonist Jeff Smith about the upcoming CGI adaptation of his graphic novel Bone. In the column, Smith, who is an executive producer for the movie, states that Warner Brothers have “been very good about keeping me in the loop and showing me everything and it’s pretty exciting so far,” although he also added with a laugh, “so far they’ve taken all my advice. Ask me after the movie comes out if I still think that.” Some of the other topics discussed include how Smith’s time as an animator for Character Builders influenced his artistic style and how he feels about his characters being turned into motion-capture based CGI by Animal Logic (The Matrix, Happy Feet, 300).
Elsewhere at the MTV Splash Page weblog, Eric Powell has given a status update for the animated adaptation of The Goon, slated to be produced by David Fincher. Powell stated that the animators at Blur Studios have been working on test footage and that Fincher will hopefully be able to push the project forward once he “is finished working on the film he’s on now.” He did also add that Fincher won’t be just a figurehead in the production even if he doesn’t end up directing the movie himself, and added that fans shouldn’t be too worried about too many page-to-screen liberties since he is the one writing the script.