“MAD GOD” is an experimental animation project 30 years in the making from Phil Tippett, the Oscar winning VFX artist with credits including the original “Star Wars” trilogy, “Jurassic Park”, and “RoboCop.”
After embarking on the first steps of the film during a lull in his schedule after “Robocop 2”, Tippett paused the project after getting called to work on “Jurassic Park”, but revisited the idea some 20 years later after finding the original puppets and sets in storage. Together with a volunteer crew of trainee artists, the project was completed. The film will finally premiere on August 5th at Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival.
Mad God is an experimental animated film set in a world of monsters, mad scientists and war pigs. A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city and the Assassin emerges from it to explore a labyrinth of bizarre landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. This unique labour of love combines many innovative animation techniques and has taken Phil Tippett 30 years to complete.
Mad God looks like a labor of love that makes other labors of love look pathetic, a stop-motion nightmare unlike anything else in theaters today. And he’s got some major champions in his corner, too, including Kathleen Kennedy and Guillermo del Toro. So if you’re the type of person that’s tired of the big interlocking franchises that go down smooth but leave you feeling hungry, this is for you. The film truly looks unlike anything out there right now.