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And though the series is perhaps a little gray around the tusks, it shows no real signs of slowing down--at least according to the Almighty Box Office. The little ones seem to be enjoying the film anyway, so who am I to argue? Instead, now that the movie is finally released, I would like to share some of the drawings I did this time out.
The Sirens. Silas, a salty petrel. Dobson, like a few other characters I designed for this film, ended up having a non speaking part. A hyrax learns how not to ride an eohippus who is not in the film. No horses. Squint, a nasty looking bunny pirate, was originally written as the pirate captain and leader of our villains.
He was referred to only once in the history of the franchise. Granny takes a bath, oblivious to the prehistoric sharks who also, by the way, did not make it into the film either. It was only when I stumbled on the idea of making him an orangutan that things started to flow. What creature could be more at home swinging from the rigging?
After all, an ape has four hands to work with. A siren from the films creepiest sequence. Boy, lighting and materials did an incredible job on these guys! And of course, there is Scrat. Always the survivor. As requested, a few more Gutts. These first two are early versions. This one and the next are closer to the finished design. Posted by.
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