F.C. vs. A.I.
It seems that Frog Crisis has suddenly gotten a lot of attention, probably because of the recent release of A.I. We've even been recommended by the fine folks at backwash.com! A lot of people who have just recently discovered the site are asking me "when will I finish the series?"
and the future of Frog Crisis
Well, the truth of the matter is, I probably never will finish it... even though I only have one chapter to go.
The death of Stanley Kubrick last year really took a lot of my enthusiasm out of me. My little self-imposed challenge to finish my version of the story before his suddenly felt a little morbid.
Also, I just don't have the time to finish even just one more chapter. Each segment, even though they are short, take me about three solid days of work. And right now, I can't afford to spend the time. Right now I'm spending my time working on my internet comic LETHARGIC LAD (seen at www.lethargiclad.com), which is also "Tooncast" by toonOrama, an internet syndication site (seen at www.toonorama.com) and will be reprinted in DORK TOWER comics. I'm also working on a newspaper comic strip proposal, and another comic strip for another upcoming website (can't say what, but it is Star Wars related).
However, witht he amount of e-mail I've been getting, from people asking when I'm going to finish it, and urging me to finish it, I do feel more enthusiastic about the project. I would like to finish it... someday. I just really don't know when.
And, for anyone who has seen A.I.... or even it's advertising campaign, you know what Frog Crisis' "surprise" ending is.
The other question I'm often asked is what did I think of A.I.?
Well, being a little frightened of the press the film was getting before its release, I rushed out to see it opening night, so I could avoid hearing any possibly negative reviews. I thought the film was... interesting. It had some very good moments, and some very disturbing moments, which I thought were very good. Although I thought sever of these scenes would have been 100 times creepier if Mr. Kubrick had directed them. However, the last half hour of the film made me want to stand up and "boo" the screen untill the ending. While this ending screams of Spielberg and his story telling sensabilities, everything I've read about the film says that the ending was Kubrick's idea (even Brian Aldiss has mentioned Kubrick's obession with the 'Pinnoccio/Blue Fairy' ending... and this was one of the major reasons Aldiss didn't write the scrip for the movie). Dewspite this ending being Kubrick's idea, I can't help believeing it would have been extremely different under Kubkick's control. All in all, I enjoyed the first two thirds of A.I. enough to not let the ending ruin it for me.
It's just sad wondering about the film that could have been, though.
About "Frog Crisis"
My original statement read:
"In 1997 Greg Hyland read about director Stanley Kubrick's film project, A.I.. The film is based on author Brian Aldiss' short story, Super-Toys Last All Summer Long and Kubrick has been working on and off on this project since the early '70's. While A.I. has been linked (at times) with Industrial Light & Magic and James Cameron's Digital Domaign, no progress or release date for AI is known.
We know now that Stanley Kubrick was working off-and-on on A.I. with Steven Spielberg since they met in 1981. Kubrick's desire was appearantly for Spielberg to direct A.I., while he produced it. Upon the completeion of Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick had planned to turn his attention on A.I. After Kubrick's death in spring 2000, and with the blessing of Kubrick's family, Steven Speiberg completed the film, which came out July 2001.
With Both Aldiss' story, and Kubrick's plight as inspiration, Greg Hyland decided to adapt Super-Toys Last All Summer Long as an animated film, Frog Crisis, using the multi-media software Macromedia Director. Hyland's other goal is to get his adaption finished before Kubrick's A.I. is released.
All storyboarding, animation and background drawings and voice recordings are by Greg Hyland. New Frog Crisis chapters will be added (hopefully) on a monthly basis."
As stated above, it is unlikey Frog Crisis will be completed.
Note: Each chapter is pretty large (666K-1.5MB), and your computer's memory may cause a lag in the animation. Please be patient!
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