I don’t usually discuss current animation here on Cartoon Research, but I felt the idea for this post was more suited for my history blog – and since this is our last post for 2018, I’d try something a little different.
I am currently jumping for joy over the new Sony feature, Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. Without going into a full-length review of the film, I do think the style of the film – artistically, directorially, the writing, the voice acting, the character animation and design – everything about it feels new and different. And I like it.
The film’s plot has to do with an opening in the “multi-verse” (parallel dimensions that exist in different timelines) that brings several Spider-men, Spider-women and one cartoony Spider-Ham together on one common Earth. At various times, those characters (and several New York landmarks) crackle for several seconds of multi-verse morphing. The whole thing looks cool… if you’ve seen the film you know what I’m talking about – if you haven’t seen this film yet, please do. You might enjoy my little gallery below a lot more after you see it.
The first thing that blew my mind is the first thing you see in the film: the Columbia Pictures logo. Though it’s becoming more common for filmmakers to goof with the studio logo – it happened only rarely at Columbia over the last 85 years. Two most famous examples: the Wilma Flintstone bit at the start of The Man Called Flintstone (1966), and the animated cowgirl on the logo of Cat Ballou (1965).
The studio logo at the start of Spiderverse is our first exposure to the inter-dimensional “crackle” that is part of the plot. The Columbia “proud lady” is morphed in a split second montage of various Columbia logos from other dimensions (those other dimensions are mainly Columbia logos from the past, mixed with graffiti and collage graphics).
I had a chance recently to study the frames in the montage and I thought I would share. Here are 24 random successive frames from the opening – these fly by so fast you can’t see them otherwise. None of them are visible for more than 1/24th or 1/12th of a second on screen – but as you can see, each one is its own work of art.
That’s it for 2018. See you all here tomorrow to start 2019. Happy New Year, everyone!