DreamWorks revealed on its facebook page the first promotional image of its upcoming CGI/2D film Me & My Shadow.
The poster gives us our first look at the film’s stars: the shadow Stan and the human Stanley Grubb. Me & My Shadow, which stars Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson, tells the story of what would happen if your shadow took over your life. It’s a unique premise that has an essence of Peter Pan to it. Overall, the character and design look wonderful. We love the juxtaposition of the CGI Stanley with the quirkiness of the 2D Stan.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film:
Me & My Shadow reveals the once secret world of shadows and their human counterparts. Stan, our hero’s shadow, yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, a timid guy with an extreme aversion to adventure. When a crime in the shadow world puts both of their lives in danger, Stan is forced to take control of Stanley. They go on a madcap adventure to investigate the crime and stop the shadow villain from leading a rebellion where shadows take over the human world. During this adventure, Stan empowers Stanley to let go of his fears and embrace life. Through their adventure, they both learn that one cannot be whole without a true friend.
DreamWorks also quoted CCO Bill Damaschke, who answered an audience question at Comic-Con earlier this month about DreamWorks’ lack of 2D pictures:
Me and My Shadow, which is out in spring of 2014, is a combination of CG and traditional hand drawn animation. There is a reason to tell the story in that fashion. It’s about what would happen if your shadow, that has been following you around and basically just follows what you do your whole life, just stood up and took over. The shadows will be animated hand drawn, and the other characters will be CG animated. There is a reason to do it [hand drawn animation] that felt creatively interesting.
Me & My Shadow hits theatres November 13, 2013.