Beowulf’s Carnage, Nudity Exposed

Robert Zemeckis may be known for family-friendly fare such as The Polar Express and Monster House, but his upcoming CG adaptation of the epic poem Beowulf is certainly not kids’ stuff, and the latest trailer is proof of that. Not approved for general audiences, the restricted, red-band trailer is chock-full of intense action, gory violence and even a little Angelina Jolie in the buff ‘ sort of.

Beowulf is in production at Sony Pictures Imageworks using the company’s patented Imagemotion performance capture system. The movie will be released by Paramount Pictures on Nov. 16 and will be rolled out in conventional theaters, IMAX venues and select theaters equipped with Dolby 3D Digital Cinema technology.

There’s a bit of controversy brewing over this film and its standing with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It seems the organization is narrowing its definition of animation to exclude anything that is essentially rotoscoped, meaning shot with live actors and enhanced with digital effects. Last year, the Academy deemed Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Invisibles ineligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar because it featured too much live-action photography.

With its PG-13 rating, Beowulf will not attract the usual audience for CG-animated movies, but it just may prove to be a hit with the other desirable set of moviegoers, teenage boys and young men. Breaking with the tried-and-true cutesy comedy formula is big gamble, but if it’s successful, Beowulf may prove to studios that there is an audience for different kinds of animated releases in America. Check out the newest trailer for the movie at http://www.beowulfmovie.com/restricted/verify.php.