Der junge Lockni Delgo lebt im geteilten Land Jhamora, das beherrscht wird von den Nohrin, den Meistern des Himmels und den Lockni, den Hütern des Bodens. Beide Kulturen existieren in scheinbarem Frieden nebeneinander. Doch als Delgo sich mit der mutigen Nohrin-Prinzessin Kyla anfreundet, eskaliert der schwelende Konflikt zwischen den Stämmen und mobilisiert alte Feinde, die die Macht im Land an sich reißen wollen. Delgo sieht nur einen Ausweg: Er muss die beiden Rassen gegen die drohende Gefahr dauerhaft verbünden. Gemeinsam mit seinem besten Freund Filo begibt er sich auf eine gefahrvolle und abenteuerliche Reise...
"Delgo" kam am 12. Dezember 2008 in die US-Kinos und erschien am 6. August 2010 hierzulande auf DVD...
Bei Rotten Tomatoes liegt der Durchschnitt der Kritiken aktuell bei unterirdischen 15%...
Bei THR.com gibt es eine Kritik... [...] "Delgo" seems to follow all the rules for a good, fast-paced cartoon. It mixes forbidden romance with palace intrigue, fanciful creatures, scenery-destroying duels and fierce battles between armies. Yet nothing catches fire. The story line and characters are all terribly derivative, and audiences young and old are left with the feeling that, as the saying goes, they don't have a horse in this race. [...]
Variety.com berichtet über die Geschichte hinter "Delgo"... Nobody recommends that you start your movie career by producing your own $40 million CGI kids' picture. But try telling that to Atlanta-based 36-year old entrepreneur Marc Adler, who decided to do just that with his first feature, "Delgo."
"Delgo" is a sci-fi tale featuring a kidnapped princess, a young man (well, humanoid alien) trying to save his people, and lots of airborne swashbuckling -- Adler speaks admiringly of animator Don Bluth, and his cult kidpic "Titan A.E." in particular. In the voice cast, there's a grab-bag of talent from Anne Bancroft (her last movie) to Eric Idle to Chris Kattan.
Adler, the founder of Fathom Studios, has overseen every aspect of the feature toon through seven years of production on "Delgo," which he produced and co-wrote, along with co-directing the pic with Jason Maurer. Adler tried to sell "Delgo" to an adventurous distributor, but nobody wanted to shoulder the burden of an independent kidpic of that scope. So he's releasing the film himself through distrib-for-hire Freestyle Releasing, which has promised approximately 2,000 screens -- 1,500 in the U.S., and 500 in Canada.
It's a serious gamble, to put it mildly. Freestyle has the pic trailering after "Igor," Disney's hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" and "City of Ember," and has set the opening for Dec. 12. That's more than two weeks after its nearest kidpic competish, "Bolt," right in the new Harry Potter-free zone.
In short, he's trying to do the work of an entire studio all by himself.
Adler started production on "Delgo" in 2001. After seeing the pic through numerous rewrites based on feedback from freelancing studio readers, he set up shop in Atlanta and hired concept artists and animators from around the world -- here a designer from Ferarri, there a matte painter from WETA or Industrial Light and Magic -- while funding Fathom through his consortium of Houston-based tech businesses.
Since several employees were telecommuting from around the world, Adler had his crew post the dailies onto the Delgo's public website, allowing the animators to work on any part of the film at any time.
This had two advantages: production was decentralized, and fans could view snippets of the movie as it evolved. The second part worked a little better than intended: Adler says he started losing employees to competing animation studios once the execs got a load of the work they'd been producing (on the site, Adler replaced his workers' titles with joke credits, and the poachers went away).
Now, like the geeky college kid who builds his own computers, Adler has put together a raft of partners for everything from media buying, poster design and trailers to DVD distribution. It's an expensive experiment, but if it works, Adler will have set an impressive precedent for do-it-yourself filmmaking. If it doesn't, he'll at least have everyone's attention.
"I have a terms sheet for a three-picture deal on my desk,"' he says (he won't say from which studio). "And I can't decide what to do with it." Should he wait until he can leverage box office from "Delgo," or should he take the money and run in case it's a flop? The time to make that decision is coming up fast and, unlike the other parts of the process, Adler can't hire any experts to guide him through the process -- on this one, he's all by himself.
Wie THR.com meldet, hat der Film endlich einen Starttermin... Freestyle Releasing has set Dec. 12 as the opening date for the CG animated film "Delgo" from Fathom Studios.
A fantasy action-adventure, the film has a voice cast that includes Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anne Bancroft, Val Kilmer, Chris Kattan, Malcolm McDowell, Lou Gossett, Jr., Kelly Ripa, Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Idle, Sally Kellerman and Burt Reynolds.
Jennifer A. Jones von den Fathom Studios schrieb uns...
[...] acclaimed composer Geoff Zanelli has signed on to score the computer animated feature
film, "Delgo." Having written music for numerous scores, "Delgo" marks
Zanelli's first solo score.
"I was immediately attracted to 'Delgo' and the energy and enthusiasm that
surrounds the project," said Zanelli. "The look of the film is uniquely
colorful, which gives me the opportunity to be musically colorful as well.
'Delgo' also carries a strong message of tolerance, which seems especially
poignant in this day and age. It's a great film for which I can stretch my
imagination and create music that is as unique as is Delgo's world."
Zanelli has worked with Hans Zimmer for nearly a decade, writing music for
the Golden GlobeÔ nominated scores for Pearl Harbor (2001) and The Last
Samurai (2003) as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black
Pearl (2003), Matchstick Men (2003), and Hannibal (2001). He most recently
wrote music for the Johnny Depp thriller, The Secret Window (2004). He also
worked with British composer John Powell on Face/Off (1997), and was a
composer and arranger for The Prince of Egypt, and Forces of Nature. He
later teamed with Harry Gregson-Williams and Powell to write music for Antz
(1998) and Chicken Run (2000). Additional credits include, Passionada (2002)
(with Gregson-Williams), Ned Kelly (with Klaus Badelt) and HBO Films' Live
From Baghdad (2002) (with Steve Jablonsky). Aside from feature films,
Zanelli has composed music for several television series ("MTV's "Fear"
(2000) and ESPN's Peabody Award winning series "SportsCentury: The Century's
Greatest Atheletes" (2000) as well as international commercials.
Zanelli signed on late last year and has been working closely with the
co-directors for the "Delgo" score. "We're thrilled to be working with
Geoff," said Marc F. Adler, producer and co-director. "He has a unique
vision for the score and his previous credits speak for themselves. I'm so
pleased he chose 'Delgo' for his major break-out score and I'm enjoying his
bringing this world to life musically."
Laut USA Today leiht Freddie Prinze Jr. dem Hauptcharakter Delgo seine Stimme...
Auf Delgo.com gibt es einen interessanten Wettbewerb... Movie Fans Can Guess the Voice of "Delgo" and Attend Premiere
In Response to Rumors and Web Chat About the Actor's Identity, Fathom
Studios Launches a Contest Allowing Fans to Guess the Voice of "Delgo"
Fans can visit www.delgo.com, the official Web site for the computer
animated feature film, "Delgo," where they can watch and listen to an
animated clip of the title character, and then submit their guess online.
All other cast members have been announced, including Jennifer Love Hewitt,
Chris Kattan, Val Kilmer, Anne Bancroft, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kelly Ripa,
Eric Idle, Burt Reynolds, Malcolm McDowell and Lou Gossett, Jr. [...]
[11.11.2003] Jennifer A. Jones von den Fathom Studios schrieb uns...
Fathom Studios today announced a partnership with Joy Tashjian Marketing Group (JTMG) and a multi-format publishing agreement for the computer animated feature film "Delgo." The
publishing deal with Price Stern Sloan, a division of Penguin Young Readers
Group a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., includes: illustrated picture
books, novelizations, story books, hardcover novels, MadLibsâ and movie
[21.07.2003] Jennifer A. Jones von den Fathom Studios schrieb uns kürzlich...
Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winner Burt
Reynolds joins an all-star cast including, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer,
Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Kattan, Eric Idle and Lou Gossett, Jr. in
voicing a character for the animated adventure "Delgo," the first
independently produced computer-animated feature in the U.S.
Burt Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit) is voicing Delgo's
boisterous Father. "Fathom Studios is doing stunning work and the studio
itself is inspiring," says Reynolds. "I am very proud to be a part of the
first animated film being produced in my home state of Georgia." [...]
[30.04.2003] Jennifer A. Jones von den Fathom Studios schrieb uns...
Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman) is voicing King Zahn, a
benevolent but cautious leader whose plans for his people's future are
hindered only by his attachment to the past. [...]
[17.04.2003] Hollywood Reporter meldet... Fathom Studios' effort to bring to theaters "Delgo," an independently produced computer-animated feature film, has taken another step forward with the news that Val Kilmer, Eric Idle and Michael Clarke Duncan have joined the film's voice cast. The film, which is seeking distribution, is a fantasy adventure set in a divided land where a troubled youth (Delgo) and some unlikely friends must save the world from itself. Kilmer will voice a fearless, cocky, street-smart soldier; Idle will give voice to a pompous and dimwitted imp; and Duncan will play a mystical mentor to Delgo, a brash teenager haunted by his past. The lead character, Delgo, has yet to be cast.
[04.04.2003] Endlich Neuigkeiten aus der "Delgo"-Produktion: Die "Offizielle Website" wurde relaunched... Es gibt einen überarbeiteten Trailer... Wunderschöne Szenenbilder... Und noch was: Michael Clarke Duncan wird dem Charakter Elder Marley seine Stimme leihen !!! Ach ja... AICN bietet einen lesenswerten "Hinter den Kulissen"-Artikel von Moriarty...
[15.12.2001] Bei "dfx" gibt es ein Interview mit Jason F. Maurer ("supervisor of writing, direction and production")...
[14.12.2001] Bei "dfx" gibt es ein Interview mit Marc Adler ("company executive, producer, and visionary")...
[12.10.2001] Jennifer A. Jones, zuständig für die PR, schickt mir erste Infos zu "Delgo"... Die Geschichte, die Szenenfotos, der Trailer... Alles sieht recht vielversprechend aus...
[...] Think: the look of Shrek with the action-adventure of Star Wars produced in the same vein as live-action indies like Blair Witch. As I'm sure you know, the every-day-guy-turned-celebrity-filmmaker is a tried and true story. However, this is the first time that story relates to a computer animated feature film. [...] We are actually a year from wrapping production [...]
[24.08.2001] Bei Animation Magazine Online gibt es ein interessantes Interview mit dem Produzenten Marc Adler und dem Regisseur Jason Maurer...
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Delgo Regionalcode 2 FSK: Ohne Altersbeschränkung DVD Erscheinungstermin: 6. August 2010
Offizielle Infos, u.a. mit dem Entwickler-Forum "Digital Dailies"...