COMIC-CON: Disaster! Strikes Comic-Con

Fans of stop-motion animation and unapologetically crude humor will definitely want to check out Dream Entertainment’s Disaster!, a new animated feature being previewed at Comic-Con Int’l in San Diego. Director Roy Wood (Celebrity Deathmatch), co-producer Yitzhak Ginsberg (100 Girls, Monster Man) and other members of the film’s crew will present a panel discussion on Friday, July 16 at 6 p.m. in Room 3.

Disaster! employs a combination of clay and wire armature animation to spoof the new generation of big-budget Hollywood disaster movies characterized by such titles as Armageddon, Twister and Deep Impact. As a giant planetoid hurdles toward Earth, vulcanoligist Harry Bottoms is enlisted by the government to assemble a team to go into space and eliminate the threat. Joined by his estranged daughter, Sandy Mellons, Bottoms must save the day with the help of specialists V.D. Johnson, Hanukah Jonze and Donkey Dixon.

Produced in Glendale, Calif. by a dedicated, team of puppet makers and animators, Disaster! enlisted the talent of artists who previously worked with Wood on Deathmatch, and pushed puppets for New Line Cinema’s Elf and Will Vinton productions such as The P.J.s and Gary & Mike.

The panel, moderated by yours truly, will also feature the film’s writers, Paul Benson (X-Men Unlimited) and Matt Sullivan (The God and Devil Show), as well as character fabricator Morgan Hay. The event will offer an insider’s look into how this independent, self-financed stop-motion movie was made against all odds and why famed rock group Motley Crüe is taking part in it.

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