One of my favorite parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Part 1 is the Hermione/Emma Watson-narrated animated sequence used to illustrate the “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” a fairly tale from the book “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” that explains what the “Deathly Hallows” are. I kind of want Warner Bros. to adapt the rest of the stories from the book (which has been published for us Muggles to enjoy), each directed by a different animator. I wouldn’t mind if the man behind the “Three Brothers” sequence, Ben Hibon, did the rest, but he is likely too busy now that he’s been hired to direct “Pan,” a live-action re-imagining of “Peter Pan.”
Wouldn’t it be great for fans and for Warner Bros. if the other four stories (“The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart” and “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump”) could be collected along with Hibon’s animation for a spin-off omnibus film? The other tales could be narrated by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and whatever other two “Harry Potter” actors would be most appropriate or favored (or Emma Watson could be given another since she did such a good job with “Three Brothers”).
Anyway, back to Hibon, I thought it would be fun to look at the animator’s past and (sort of future) works in film, music video, video games and advertising. Check out the videos after the jump.
Before we get to see how Hibon does with live-action, the animator makes his feature debut with a computer-animated, Las Vegas-set zombie movie called “A.D.” Here is the teaser he produced a while back in preparation for the full-length project:
It’s no wonder the producers of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hired this guy to do their animated bit, given that they were clearly interested in making this installment the darkest and scariest yet. However, I’m now wanting there to be a new adventure featuring Harry and friends as they battle zombies.
More zombies! Just as he did for “Deathly Hallows,” Hibon directed animation sequences for a live-action movie called “Tokyo Zombie,” from Japanese filmmaker/actor Sakichi Satô (he played the character named “Charlie Brown” in “Kill Bill” and one of the Yakuza in the excellent Thai film “Last Life in the Universe”). Adapted from a manga, the movie is pretty silly in its non-animated form but Hibon’s simply drawn segment is pretty cool. As with the “Harry Potter,” it’s aided by voice-over narration. You can see the whole film, dubbed, via Netflix Watch Instantly. Hibon’s part comes about halfway in. Here’s the subtitled trailer which shows a little bit of the animation:
This short, which premiered at the MTV Asia Awards in 2006, is apparently a prologue to an on-going project, though there still doesn’t seem to be anything produced since this. Two years ago, Twitch reported that “Codehunters” was being adapted into a live-action feature, but that too may be dead. So all we’ve got is this seven-minute film that’s quite confusing without any exposition — if only Emma Watson was narrating. And maybe it’s that it reminds me of the Gorillaz animations, but I might appreciate this better were it a music video.
Speaking of music videos, here’s a NSFW one that Hibon recently did for the heavy metal group Slayer:
“Beauty Through Order”
That’s a lot different, no? At first it’s even harder to tell what’s going on here than in the “Codehunters” short. Eventually it’s clear, though, that this is the story of a naked woman trapped in an oil spill. That’s what I got out of it, anyway. According to the band the song is about the world’s first known female serial killer and is meant to be written from her point of view. Looking at the lyrics, I figure the black (and sometimes orange) substance covering the woman in the video is supposed to be blood?
Hibon animated a series of prologue episodes for the video game “Heavenly Sword.” Once again, assisted by voice-over narration to tell us what’s going on. Here’s a compilation of all five parts:
This is a cute little commercial Hibon did for the French car company Renault, in which a Renault Clio and a hot rod transform into computer-animated animals:
And finally here is part of his work for France’s Crédit Agricole, which features otherwise retired actor Sean Connery as endorser for the “green” banking group:
Any or all of these got you excited for what Hibon will do with the dark “Peter Pan” movie?