Here’s an upcoming movie that manages to mix live action and animation in an intriguing way, although I’m not quite convinced that it will work for the subject matter. In Chicago in 1968 there was a National Democratic Convention where activists were denied the right to protest, which eventually sparked riots in the streets. Afterwards, 8 of the participants were put on trial, in a massive media circus and feeble attempt at government control. With Chicago 10, director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays In The Picture) uses archival footage and animation to present a sort of pseudo-documentary on the events and how they played out.
Obviously the concept is reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, and I half expected to see him as a producer on the project. The difference here is that the animation seems to have been created from scratch, and it’s a weird 3d cel-shaded style that looks a bit awkward. Morgen recruited an impressive voice cast to re-enact the trial using actual transcripts; stars include Hank Azaria, Dylan Baker, Nick Nolte, Mark Ruffalo, Roy Scheider, Liev Schreiber and Jeffrey Wright. Check out the first trailer for the flick below courtesy of Moviefone. You can also see another clip over on the Participant Productions website. Chicago 10 hits theatres in February 2008.