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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2006

COMIC-CON: HELLBOY ANIMATED MOVIES

SAN DIEGO-- Tad Stones, supervising producer and director of the two animated Hellboy movies, told The Continuum he will show a seven-minute sequence from Hellboy: Sword of Storms at a Comic-Con International panel on Friday at 10:30 a.m. (PT).

Stones will be joined at the panel by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Hellboy feature film director Guillermo del Toro, co-director Phil Weinstein, writer Matt Wayne and character concepts artist Sean Galloway.

Stones told The Continuum he just got the first sequence back from overseas.

"Madhouse Studios delivered a fantastic job," Stones said. " I have never seen so many walking dead in one scene. Actually, it's more like running and slashing dead. Anyway, it's fairly awesome.

"We edited it last night so we would have something cool to show at SDCC. Meanwhile, Otis Van Osten and the sound fx crew at Audio Circus are already working with the animatic. They are creating lots of original sounds for our movies, so they don't have to settle for what's on the shelf. Normally, a post house wouldn't start until they receive the animated footage but his crew is really geeking out on Hellboy. Why not? I still am."

The panel will be the only one of the show for Mignola. It will also include the teaser trailer, a discussion of the history and art direction of the project and a question-and-answer.

The animated movies -- from IDT Entertainment -- are scheduled for direct-to-DVD release. They will feature talent from the live-action films, including Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien. The animated films will exist in their own universe, not directly adapted from either the comics or the live-action movie.

Stones said he will be in post-production on the two films until Christmas.

"Of course, I also hope to be working on the script of the third movie with Mike," Stones said. "As good as what we've done is, Mike has already proposed some stuff that'll have fans' heads exploding. I suggest they wrap their heads in duct tape for safety. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a roll or two to San Diego."



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