Genndy Tartakovsky Presents ‘Priest’ Animated Prologue

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 17th, 2012 at 9:27 am,

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Genndy Tartakovsky (whose Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars were all wildly successful animated series) is one of the few “name” animators working today – which is why it’s so sad that his awesome new series Sym-Bionic Titan will likely not be renewed for a second season.

Still, it’s nice to see Tartakovsky getting work in other avenues. To promote the upcoming film Priest, directed by Scott Stewart (Legion) and starring Paul Bettany (Legion), Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to create an animated prologue for the film.

This reminds me of various online comic strips as produced by Penny-Arcade creators Gabe and Tycho to promote a number of video games, such as Dragon Age 2, Assassin’s Creed, Fallout 3, etc. It’s a cool idea, in my humble opinion – hiring extremely talented artists to create somewhat throwaway side or back-stories for… well, just because.

Check out the short but sweet animated prologue below:

Stylistically, the prologue has the kinetic hallmarks of a Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon-meets the gray, gritty, and stocky aesthetic of a Frank Miller comic book – The Dark Knight Returns, for example.

This isn’t the first time Tartakovsky has taken inspiration from Miller. In fact, Samurai Jack was heavily influenced by Miller’s 1983-84 limited series Ronin, which, like Jack, was about a samurai from feudal Japan being transported to the future to fight an evil demon. (Frankly, I prefer Samurai Jack.)

Check out stills from the prologue below:

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I’m not quite sure how I feel about the actual Priest film. There are moments, from the trailers, when I think it could be good, cheesy fun. Ridiculous and over-the-top, to be sure, but purposefully so and in an ultimately pleasing fashion. But then, I sort of thought the same about the much-maligned Legion – same director, same star – before I actually saw it.

What do you think? Does Priest look right up your alley, and does this animated prologue entice you to watch it all the more? Or do the Matrix-esque fight scenes — chock-full of spinning around in the air and slow-motion flying objects — look derivative to the point of being dull?

Priest, which has been described as a “western vampire” film, stars Paul Bettany, Maggie Q (Nikita), Lily Collins (The Brothers Grimm: Snow White), Karl Urban (Red), and Stephen Moyer (True Blood), hits theaters May 13th, 2011.

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  1. iv never read the manga. but i did check out the wiki page and honestly this movie has nothing to do with the comic the comic is about angels and stuff not vampires…. why do they always deviate so far from the source?

  2. Vampires sell man! Angels is a touchy subject(especially when violence is involved!) I’m sure the movie will have some cool parts but I bet its gonna suck.

  3. I gotta say that the whole vampire craze is getting a little “long in the tooth” if you will. I do like Bettany though and will see it in some form regardless.

    I also wasn’t aware of the full story and this feels like it was ripped right out of an episode of ST:TNG called, “The Hunted”.

  4. More movies should have anime prologues, it’s worked for video games. The Dead Space and Dante’s Inferno anime’s were especially good.

  5. Loved the short and Im looking forward to the movie, i think this maybe a sleeper film of 2011

  6. I liked Legion so I am sure I will like Preist. Whats not to love, Scifi Vampire Apocolypse Battle Action.

  7. Animated prologue for Priest film looks great and might get me to see the film. The animation is beautiful and complements the films premise.
    I did not find it dull or derivative but interesting and engaging enough to want to see an animated feature developed out of this promo.

  8. The part with Maggie Q’s character hack and slashing vampires to bits reminded me a whole hell of a lot of Peter Cheung’s Æon Flux -a lot of the same elongated features and fluid motion. Priest certainly looks like good cheesy fun, but yeah, Legion was such a disappointment that I’m not sure I’m ready to have another fast one pulled on me.

    At least it looks like Karl Urban is playing a far more interesting villain than Legion’s Gabriel. Having not read the story before, I’m not sure if this is a potential spoiler or not: did anyone else get a feeling from the latest theatrical trailer that he starts out as a Priest? I’m pretty sure I caught a quick glimpse of him as a human Priest in what looks like the earlier vampire war.

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