Wes Anderson’s Ad for Sony Xperia

As promised, here is Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion ad for the Sony Xperia. What do you think? Is it what you expected?

Futura: Le Specimen Animé

Beautiful animated short film by Thibault de Fournas about our auteur’s favorite font, Futura. Done in a charming mix French and English, Futura: Le Specimen Animé quickly chronicles the brief history of the font. Of course, Wes Anderson gets a reference.

FUTURA LE SPECIMEN ANIMÉ from Thibault de Fournas on Vimeo.

Preview for Wes Anderson’s New Ad for Sony

Hot on the heels of two commericals for Hyundai comes this new commercial for Sony Xperia Smartphones. Using 9 custom sets, 37 hand-crafted models and over 10,000 man hours, Wes created a stop-motion animated commercial based on ‘the imagination of children.’

Wes’s commercial will be released March 24, 2012.

Moonrise Kingdom to Open the 65th Cannes Film Festival

Well this is exciting news. Word has come in that Moonrise Kingdom will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival on May 16th in the Grand théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals. Last years festival opened with Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. A prestigious premiere for Wes’ film, and the first time any of his films have played the festival, though the opening slot is an out of competition one. We’ll bring you reports from the festival when the film premieres, along with the always entertaining press conference.

Vive Le France!

(via IndieWire)

Moonrise Kingdom Poster

The poster for Wes’ new film has arrived (via IMP Awards), click on the thumbnail above to view it full size.

It appears to be entirely painted, including the two young stars of the film. The poster features that same custom font designed by Jessica Hische, and as soon as we know who created the poster art we’ll let you know. What do you think? Best poster ever, man?

Update (03/08)

Thanks to commenter Filmkid for informing us the art was done by British painter Michael Gaskell. You can see some of his other work here. No thunderstorm paintings, alas.

Interview with Mark Mothersbaugh

Wes Anderson favorite Mark Mothersbaugh recently sat down for an interview with Splitsider to talk about his time spent on Rugrats, his musical inspirations, and his song-writing process.

He also touched on the process of working with Wes:

“It was interesting,” Mothersbaugh continued. “Rarely are you involved that early in a project unless it’s a stage show, like a musical or something.”

The only other director that took this approach with Mothersbaugh, according to the composer, was Wes Anderson. “He sat in the studio with me and would be writing the script. And he’d say, ‘You know, I’m thinking about putting a composer on the boat with everybody. What kind of equipment would he be using? What kind of keyboards and recording equipment would he be using?’”

Noting that such a multi-disciplinary and collaborative way of working has only happened to him “a few times,” Mothersbaugh confessed that normally “you’re almost an after-thought on a lot of films. It’s the nature of the beast.”

Read the rest of the interview over on Splitsider.

(Photo of Mark and Wes after The Life Aquatic screening with BMI executives from here.)

New Moonrise Kingdom photos from Empire Magazine

From Empire Online

A new Wes Anderson film is always something to get excited about, and Moonrise Kingdom looks to be no exception. While the title might suggest that it’s a fantasy role-playing game, in fact it’s a star-studded story of young love. And a few new images have now hit the web to give us a clue what we’re in for.

The story concerns two 12 year-olds, Sam and Suzy (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), who fall in love during the summer of 1965 in New England. They make a secret pact and run away together – but a violent storm is building and there’s a frantic search to find them.

Bruce Willis joins Anderson’s ensemble as the local sheriff, Captain Sharp. Edward Norton plays a ‘Khaki Scout’ troop leader, Scout Master Ward. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are Suzy’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bishop. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban.

In other words, the cast is ace and these pictures suggest that it has all of Anderson’s usual quirky charm, as you’d expect with him directing and co-writing with Roman Coppola.