Battle for Terra
April 26, 2009 2:06 PM   Subscribe

Battle for Terra
For the last five years, I have been producing a 3D independent CG-animated film called "Battle for Terra." We have received some good reviews so far, and I'm pretty happy with our trailer. The film will finally be released in the US on Friday May 1st, and I hope you check it out.

Battle for Terra is a PG science fiction action adventure with a slightly more serious tone than most American animation. The film will be released in both stereoscopic 3D and traditional 2D, but I highly recommend seeing it in 3D for the best experience. On a side note, making an independent film of this scale has been an enormous undertaking, and I am incredibly proud of the hundreds of people who have worked on it over the years. As with all independent film, we make do with a much smaller production and advertising budget, and we rely even more on the support of the audience to continue doing what we do.
posted by kcalder (14 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This project was posted to MetaFilter by filthy light thief on May 8, 2009: Welcome to movies .... in the Third Dimension!

When I first starting reading this, it seemed like it was just some indie short film. It took me more than a moment to realize that this was the same major motion picture I'd just seen the trailer for a few days ago. Who knew that Mefi had Hollywood glitz in its roster? :P

Congrats on the film, kcalder, it looks great.
posted by Rhaomi at 6:46 PM on April 26, 2009

I'm for it as long as it delivers a completely unrealistic ending where the peace-loving, not-technology-obsessed race somehow avoids annihilation.
posted by nanojath at 9:14 PM on April 26, 2009

nanojath, hard to really think in terms of "realistic" when discussing far future science-fiction involving alien species, terraforming, inter-stellar travel, etc. But I do think that the ending is realistic and earned within the world of the film. That said, I'm sure people will have problems with the film. That tends to be the nature of most films.
posted by kcalder at 10:13 PM on April 26, 2009

I wasn't being facetious or trying to imply some commentary, by the way - I really want the friendly peaceful aliens to win!
posted by nanojath at 9:58 AM on April 27, 2009

kcalder, did this movie used to have a different title at some point? The animation in the trailer reminds me of a teaser I saw a year or two ago, but I can't put my finger on it.
posted by dersins at 12:53 PM on April 27, 2009

It used to just be called "Terra". It was based on a short film with the same title.
posted by kcalder at 1:26 PM on April 27, 2009

I saw this last October at the Heartland Film Festival (when it was still called "Terra") and enjoyed it immensely. Great work, kcalder, and how cool to learn that a MeFite was a producer! Wonderful to see that it's getting the wide release it deserves.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:01 PM on April 28, 2009

aw man, saw that trailer on TV and was like "boy I wish I were 12 again!" All we had was ExoSquad where we had to imagine that things were turning around in 3d. :P
posted by cowbellemoo at 8:23 PM on April 28, 2009

FWIW, I saw the trailer this past w/e in the theaters prior to this post. It looks completely kick ass and went immediately to the top of my Must See List. Kudos, kcalder.
posted by Vavuzi at 11:49 PM on April 28, 2009

Seconding the, it's funny when a former That Guy like Brian Cox becomes someone I can identify from a single word!
posted by sixswitch at 11:14 AM on April 29, 2009

sixswitch, so true. Also Brian Cox is probably the coolest guy I've had the opportunity of working with. Really a great guy, and a larger than life personality.
posted by kcalder at 1:29 PM on April 29, 2009

Just saw a commercial on Adult Swim last night, BTW. Good luck with the U.S. launch!
posted by nanojath at 6:38 PM on April 29, 2009

We also just got a really nice review from Roger Ebert.
posted by kcalder at 9:26 AM on April 30, 2009

The A.V. Club likes it, too.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:51 PM on April 30, 2009

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