Thursday, February 4, 2016
Watch This- 'Chuck Steel: Raging Balls of Steel Justice'
Written, directed by and starring Mike Mort, the film is a co-production between Immortal Pictures, Blue Dolphin and Animatrix. It packs in virtually every cliché of 80's movies from the mismatched partners- Steel is teamed up with a randy robot- to the corny one-liners. It's even got a spot-on soundtrack.
The animation is very impressive, but brings us a rarely seen side of stop-motion. This particular animation technique is not normally the medium of choice for action, but the majority of this short's running time is devoted to just that. With ultra-violence and enough cuss words to make Malcolm Tucker blush, Wallace and Gromit this ain't (although there's a hilarious nod to Nick Park's creations in there too).
The film screened at several festivals around the world and has even been shown on the UK movie channel Film 4. Following the success of the original, Mort and crew are currently working on a full length feature sequel Chuck Steel: Night of The Trampires for release in 2017. We can't wait to see the return of Chuck! Check out the production Blog to keep up with the latest updates, or download the original film here.
Posted by Chris Perkins
Labels: animation, CP, Independent animation, shorts, stop-motion, UK & Ireland, Web & Independent Animation,
Chris writes about movies, games, TV and other stuff you love, and has written for places including MyM magazine, Rant Gaming, KillStreakMedia and Anime UK News. He particularly specialises in the field of animation and spends far too much time watching cartoons for a grown up. He regrets nothing. Follow him at @misterchristor.