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News & For Sale “Henson Company - turning Japanese? ” by m1cnBot

 
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m1cnBot 14 years ago on 07/21/05

Story Originally Posted By: Ayaka

It was announced at the 50th Anniversary panel at the San Diego Comic-con that three Jim Henson Company properties will be making forays into manga and anime.

Tokyopop will be releasing three manga - a prequel to the upcoming Dave McKean/Neil Gaiman venture MirrorMask; a sequel to Labryrinth; and a prequel to The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal, incidentally, will be getting a film sequel (no release date projected yet). Gaiman himself will do the plotting for the MirrorMask manga; the Labyrinth manga will be penned by Jake Forbes (a Tokyopop editor). Henson company representatives made no statement on the manga artists or whether they will be Western or Japanese. Read the Tokyopop press release for other tidbits.

The Dark Crystal will ALSO be going anime, with a prequel animated series "in anime style" which will air as part of Toonami on the Cartoon Network. The series will take place before the Gelflings died out and will concern the initial breaking of the Crystal.

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elysion 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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whoa.
I hope they get a kickass artist for the MirrorMask manga [not like that absolutely ridiculous Death manga]... but I mean, it's Tokyopop. Blagh.
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Kirei the Klown 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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I'm concerned about the Dark Crystal prequel "in anime style" because in my head, that phrase translates as "crappy knockoff of anime style." But hell, it may still look good.

Go where the money is, Henson Co.
 
 
alpha_hazard 14 years ago on 07/21/05
where's the american gods anime!?
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MidouBan 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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I wouldn't mind Miyazaki trying his hand on Gaiman's Stardust...
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elysion 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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whoa! yeah, a Miyazaki movie of Stardust would be like, perfect. Only problem is Miyazaki tends to have leading ladies... but yeah, he would be the perfect director for an adaptation...
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MidouBan 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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John's got a solid point. But I believe that there are some stories which live-action productions just simply cannot be brought to life as closely/easily/cheaply as a manga, comic, cartoon, or anime can.

Either that, or it has to take alooooooooot of money to invest on to get close; it just requires too great of an amount of effort. I.E.: Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings, the up-coming Chronicles of Narnia...
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Ayaka 14 years ago on 07/21/05
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Lisa Henson mentioned at the panel that though they're doing a Dark Crystal sequel feature film as well, it's not going to be quite the same as the original, in that to make that film now would have been INSANE from a budget standpoint. So instead of large sets, the second Dark Crystal film will rely heavily on CG to expand its world (if you've seen the DC making of footage, then you have an idea just how HUGE and detailed those sets were). I guess they don't make them like they used to? At any rate, comics/animation are a much more budget-conscious expansion for them.

I'm also pretty concerned that they're just trying to cash in on a buzzword . . . it's hard to know. They said that there was something about Teen Titans staff being involved in the anime - but I honestly don't remember the name of the person they mentioned, only that they worked on Teen Titans.

Personally, I'm hoping that after the LotR and HP phenomenons, and the upcoming Narnia film (which I'd say has a very fair chance of becoming a series), people may become more open-minded about fantasy again, and we may get free of the bad taste fantasy left in the mouth of Hollywood with all the box office bombs in the 80s. And maybe that will help a bit with animation, as well. :P

And yeah, I knew anime-style was a marketing tool the second I saw an "anime style" girl on a tin of candy in a small town in rural PA.
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Kirei the Klown 14 years ago on 07/22/05
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John Booty posted this 18 hours ago on 07/21/05
...I think it's lame to think that doing something "anime-style" is going to automatically make it better.

I guess it's just a buzzword at this point (and has been for a while)
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Oh, yeah. They could easily have said "animated" - but I guess they felt they had to somehow qualify it with the A-word. Pff. I hope it's not as bad as I'm imagining it, especially after Ayaka's post regarding the Teen Titans staff involvement! ;_; Precious, precious Dark Crystal, memory of my nerdy youth, I pray for thy preservation from scatalogical corruption!
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Ali 14 years ago on 07/24/05
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whether this is cool, or it sucks, I know that I'm not going to see it.

The Dark Crystal still gives me nightmares. ._.
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SEGA GENESIS 14 years ago on 07/25/05
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"the Labyrinth manga will be penned by Jake Forbes (a Tokyopop editor)"

I'm sure that'll be a "rousing read."
 
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Miso Horny 14 years ago on 08/09/05
It's going to be interesting to see how that translates. The original art work, is sort of what carried the story. I mean they are nice stories but...How do you top Dave McKean, Froud....those are some awfully big underpants to fill. It's good to know Gaiman is involved...It will be interesting.

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