Hellboy, Over the Hedge, Smallville, Michel Vaillant and More: Comics2Film wrap for August 6, 2003

Wed, August 6th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

TV Film
Rob Worley, Columnist


The big red guy is coming early next year and we're not talking about Santa

Claus. Variety

reports that the release date for "Hellboy" has been moved from it's

competitive Memorial Day debut spot to the quieter April 2nd weekend.

The crowded Memorial Day weekend was to have been preceded by potential

blockbusters like "Van Helsing," "Troy" and "The

World of Tomorrow," leaving "Hellboy" to duke it out with

"Shrek 2". That would be followed by "The Day After

Tomorrow" opening the next weekend.

"When you look at what's coming out around Memorial Day, there are some

very big pictures," Revolution partner Tom Sherak said. "We figured

we'd be much better off coming out earlier with a movie that we think will be

the next big comic book movie. Whenever you can be the first, be the


According to the write up, Revolution wants "Hellboy" to be able to

hit us fanboys and fangirls with maximum impact and build word-of-mouth before

the other blockbusters start dividing the audience.

The April weekend pits "Hellboy" against non-genre fair like

DreamWorks' Ben Stiller/Jack Black comedy "Envy," Paramount's

"The Blackout Murders," Universal's "Two Brothers" and Fox's

family movie "Mission Without Permission."



Tim Johnson, director of the upcoming CGI animated movie "Over the

Hedge" recently talked with SCI

FI Wire about bringing Michael Fry and T. Lewis' comic strip to the big


The movie focuses on a raccoon named R.J. (voiced by Jim Carrey) and a turtle

named Verne (Garry Shandling) who have to cope with human encroachment on their

wooded environs.

"Our goal is to make, not really a negative comment on the consumer

culture we live in, although we will be having a little fun at the expense of us

humans, but to really show us how much we take for granted," Johnson told

SCI FI. "We have it pretty darn good in this world, don't we? Especially in

this country. And so to actually take a look from an animal's point of view, ...

to be thrust into the 21st century in front of big-screen TVs and Cheetos,

they're having a pretty good time."

Johnson also told SCI FI that Fry and Lewis have been very involved in the

development of the movie.

"Hedge" won't be in theaters until Thanksgiving 2005. The movie

also features Gene Wilder as the voice of Norbert the Owl. Johnson is

co-directing the movie with Ash Brannon ("Toy Story").


Want a peek into the mind of Allison Mack, who plays Chloe Sullivan on

"Smallville?" Check out her new blog at TheWB.com.

This week's installment includes some digital photos of her on the set with

Lionel Luthor actor John Glover.


The official

website for "Michel Vaillant" is open for business and running a

pair of teaser trailers.

"Michel Vaillant," is based on Jean Graton's French comic about a

racing hero. Like the comic, the movie is also French made with Luc Besson

("The Transporter") writing and producing.

Louis-Pascal Couvelaire is directing with Sagamore Stvenin playing the

title role.

The trailers reveal a November 2003 release date, presumably in Europe. No

word has been given if this movie will see release in the U.S.



"Teen Titans" continues to perform well, according to a recent

release from Cartoon Network.

Since its July 19 premiere "Teen Titans" added a third week to its

current streak of delivery and ratings gains across all target audience demos,

according to Nielsen Media Research. The program once again earned double-digit

delivery and ratings gains among kids 6-11 and 2-11. Highlights of the animated

series' performance vs. the same time period last year include the following:

  • Kids 6-11 delivery (753,000) increased by 76% and ratings (3.1) by 82%.
  • Boys 6-11 delivery (613,000) improved by 87% and ratings (4.9) by 88%.
  • Girls 6-11 delivery (141,000) expanded by 38% and ratings (1.2) by 50%.
  • Kids 2-11 delivery (994,000) grew by 17% and ratings (2.5) by 19%.
  • Boys 2-11 delivery (746,000) rose by 22% and ratings (3.6) by 24%.

Loosely based on the DC Comics of the 1980s, "Teen Titans" airs

Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Cartoon Network.




has posted an episode guide for all the DC Comics related TV fare for the

remainder of August. Click over for airtimes for "Smallville" and

"Static Shock" on the WB and the animated "Justice League"

and "Teen Titans" on the Cartoon Network.

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