The final Grüffeloadventskalendercountdown: Merry Christmas, everyone!

December 24th, 2010

Today, Dec 24th, at 10.40 am on ZDF: “The Gruffalo / Der Grüffelo” with Heike Makatsch, Christian Ulmen, Otto Sander, Edgar Selge and Gerd Voss! Happy Holidays / Frohe Weihnachten to you, from all of us here at studio soi !

Above, another interesting comparison between storyboards and final film, this time from the dramatic first encounter between the Mouse and his imaginary friend (spoiler alert). Below, because it’s christmas, an extra helping of Neil Ross‘ fantastic colourwork for the Lake (top and middle) and the Snake Sequence (bottom).

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December 23rd, 2010

Reminder: Tomorrow, Dec 24th at 10.40 on ZDF: “Der Grüffelo” with Heike Makatsch, Christian Ulmen, Otto Sander, Edgar Selge and Gerd Voss! Here’s some more of the beautiful colourwork Neil Ross has done for the project, this time from the opening sequence, which at some point during development was set at first snowfall. More from that sequence here.

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December 20th, 2010

Top: Owl’s windbeaten “treetop house”, in a colourkey by Neil Ross. Below: An earlier layout for that same shot, with Owl’s house still seated in a conifer and some later designs for the tree as a broadleaf, both by Manu Arenas. Bottom: Manu’s eerie designs for the spiral staircase Mouse escapes on in that sequence.

See “The Gruffalo” this friday, Dec. 24th, 10.40 am on ZDF,

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December 17th, 2010

Above: Colourconcept for the lake by Neil Ross.

Below: An early sketch Manu Arenas had originally done for the film’s framestory (see Mother Squirrel in the background) ended up serving as the layout for Mouse’s lilypad-passage over the lake. See the German version of “The Gruffalo” premiere on Dec 24th 10.40 am on ZDF.

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December 14th, 2010

Above: Some of the great work Harald Siepermann has done for the characterdesign of Owl, perfectly suggesting not only his design but literally his character. (click to enlarge) Watch the result on ZDF, 24.12.2010 10.40 am.

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December 12th, 2010

Variations for the Nut Tree, seen by the Mouse at the very beginning of the film and later serving as the dramatic location for the Mouse’s first encounter with the Gruffalo. Drawings by Manu Arenas.