Ben from Night of the Living Dead, animated

Night of the Living Dead has had just about as much stuff happen to it as can happen to a film. It’s been colorized. It’s been remade twice (once with mostly negative results by Tom Savini and another time in 3-D). It’s been revised. It’s been the flagship of a genre, it’s been the flagship of a franchise. It’s had not only movie sequels, but comic book sequels (the UK one written by Clive Barker, in fact–it’s not bad).

I personally think it would make a great opera. And I’m not kidding. But now somebody’s remaking the film–with animation. Basically they’re rotoscoping it (translation into layman-speak: Ralph Bakshi) into a shot-for-animated-shot reworking. While the idea of doing this film in color at all is anathema to me (I could go on and on about what a gorgeous example it is of black and white filmmaking), I am intrigued about the idea of doing this (I assume with new images and the existing dialogue) just because it’s so goddamn weird.

Just so long as Ben (pictured) doesn’t get a trusty talking animal comic relief sidekick, I think I’m willing to give this a chance. Thoughts?

Found via Cartoon Brew. For more info, check out the filmmakers’ blog here.

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