Curious Animates Search for Bin Laden

New York-based entertainment media company Curious Pictures created animated sequences for Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, the latest documentary from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me). Distributed by The Weinstein Co., the film debuted at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters nationwide on April 18.

Spurlock, who uses animation liberally in his films and in his television series, 30 Days, contacted Curious Pictures in the spring of 2007 requesting an animated opening that has the filmmaker battling bin Laden and other evildoers in a video-game environment. Curious created nine additional animated sequences featured throughout the film.

‘We looked at a bunch of different animation companies, but no one had the breadth of talent or creativity that Curious was able to bring to this movie,’ says Spurlock.

‘This project tapped every weapon in our arsenal,’ adds Curious Pictures partner Lewis Kofsky, who directs the CG/vfx department. ‘We used a wide variety of design and animation techniques to illustrate some hard concepts, and give each of the various locations and cultures examined in the film a unique feel.’

Curious recently collaborated with director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) on Chicago 10, a feature film that blends motion-capture animation with archival footage to recreate the infamous trial of the leaders of the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests. The 2007 film was the second such documentary to open the Sundance Film Festival.