DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a computer animated feature starring a black character.
Do you have a hankering to be a storyboard artist, or are you maybe just curious about the tricks of the trade? Today’s blog entry from The Croods co-director Chris Sanders uncovers more of the “lost boards” and includes a couple of tips on making your panels clear and legible. Take a look!
The movie starts with another adventure, as Mr. Peabody is guiding Sherman through the French Revolution. Through a cake mishap, Mr. Peabody is headed towards the guillotine. He escapes and then retells his brilliant plan, Sexy New Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes-style — complete with instant replay diagram. It’s adorable.
They hop into the WABAC machine, after learning a valuable lesson and head home for an early bedtime. Why? Because tomorrow is Sherman’s first day of school. Sadly, Sherman’s first day does not go that great. He inadvertently shows up another classmate (the blonde Penny). This leads to a fight. Penny makes fun of Sherman’s father being a dog, and then calls Sherman a dog himself. Sherman retaliates by biting her.