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Brad Bird’s Lost 1980 Pencil Test For “The Spirit”

Brad Bird's Lost 1980 Pencil Test For "The Spirit"

Producer Steven Paul Levia has posted a rare artifact to You Tube – a 1980 pencil test “trailer” for a proposed animated feature based on Will Eisner’s classic comic strip hero, The Spirit. 

In 1980, Levia became involved with Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz (producer of the first two Star Wars movies) in trying to get into production an animated feature based on The Spirit”. In a 2008 piece in the L.A. Times (read it here) Levia spoke of a pencil test “trailer” for the proposed film, made by Bird along with several classmates from Cal Arts, most of whom were working at Disney at the time.

Levia writes on You Tube: “Quite a few people who read the article contacted me about seeing the film. I did have it on an old VHS, but it was deep in storage at the time plus as I did not really own the film, I told them they would have to look elsewhere to find a copy. Later, I found the VHS … as it is a small piece of animation history, I’ve decided to post it here.”

Thank you Steven. By 1980 standards, this is pretty kick-ass. Take a look at could have been: 

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