‘Sucker Punch’ Animated Short Teases The Real Thing

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Sucker Punch new image2 Sucker Punch Animated Short Teases The Real Thing

In less than two weeks’ time, director Zack Snyder will unleash his latest cinematic feast full of stunning action and eye-catching imagery, Sucker Punch, on moviegoers. The film promises to definitely look spectacular and boast even more in the way of creative visuals concocted by the 300 and Watchmen helmer.

An animated Sucker Punch tie-in short titled “The Trenches” has been released to further heighten excitement for Snyder’s new picture, and it’s a stylish little clip. This short doesn’t offer any additional insight about the film’s plot or its characters – but then again, neither one of those things are really selling points for Sucker Punch, are they?

Here’s an official synopsis for Snyder’s film, to refresh your memory:

“Sucker Punch” is an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.

Now, here is the lowdown on “The Trenches”, which was animated by Ben Hibon:

In “Sucker Punch”, the girls face off against an army of mechanized WWI soldiers. Through the use of clockwork and steam technology, human soldiers who die in battle are reanimated and sent back to the front lines. Although seemingly indistinguishable and soulless, the zombie army is not just made of gears and steam, but also of human flesh, bone, and memory. In “The Trenches” there is a tragic tale behind each lifeless mask.

Check out the short clip (via iTunes Movie Trailers) below:



The “moving panel” aesthetic of “The Trenches” in part recalls the mix of traditional animation and Adobe Flash cutouts used in the acclaimed animated documentary Waltz with Bashir. Combine that with Snyder’s trademark slow-motion action, and the result is a short that wouldn’t look out of place in the actual Sucker Punch movie.

Warner Bros. most recently released a third Sucker Punch trailer that was composed entirely of wordless action footage – no doubt hoping to emphasize the film’s strengths (extravagant visuals) over its weaknesses (the plot and dialogue). “The Trenches” actually has some substance to it, so here’s hoping Sucker Punch does as well.

Sucker Punch arrives in regular and IMAX theaters next week on March 25th.

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  1. Not impressed by that short. I am looking forward to the film, but the short did nothing for my excitement towards it.

  2. If the whole scenario is the construct of one young girl’s imagination in the first place, then what on earth is the point of this “Awww, poor revived zombie stormtrooper with lost love” nonsense??!? Alright then, what’s the tragic, heart-rending backstory of the giant gatling gun-wielding samurai? Ridiculous, groundless, and weirdly self-defeating.

    • Yep. If everything is in the imagination of this girl, what is the point of the imaginary fakes having back stories??? How is that even possible?

    • good point.

    • she uses her imagination to both escape the hell hole she’s stuck in help her escape. the second trailer shows that her ultimate journey is escaping the institute, she uses her imagination to replace the real life scenario e.g she need a knife, so in her head she’s questing for a katana guarded by giant samurai’s with miniguns.

      the plot may not be overly complex/engaging since its only purpose is to get the action moving from point a to point b.
      what i really hate is the acting, most of the actors are stale and boring with annoying tones in their voices, so i’ll more then likely use my selective hear to mute out dialogue that doesn’t take part within the action scenes ;)

  3. Considering my expectations of substance are low, I enjoyed the short. I couldn’t care less about how it fits together with the overall story of the film. I enjoyed it for what it was: an animated short.

  4. i found the short underwhelming as well.

  5. Really looking forward to watching and reviewing this movie… I hope it is as good as it looks…

  6. yeah , I liked the short, the animation style was great. Also just as a side bar statement, maybe this world isnt just a world that is created by her mind, maybe its a world where she and other can be trapped if they cant escape and then become a slave to the force that is keeping them there. She can bring people with her, who is to say she is the first to try to escape or fight it. I see this movie as more of a Alice and Wonderland meets inception (wooo relax) in the sense they are fighting and able to fight in their dream world.

  7. I am going to sit out this one till I hear from friends whether it is worth the money. I am not going to rush out and see it based on a bunch of girls dressed like slutty ninjas.

    • There will be other reasons to see this movie??

      • hear hear..
        I’m there just to watch the asian chick with the lolly pop.

        The short was pretty cool. maybe it has something to do with the film, maybe it doesn’t. Who cares. It was well done and stood alone on it’s own. What it did show you is HOW the troops were constructed.
        Mission accomplished.
        I’m kinda tired of all the crying about lack of substance in this movie. Go rewatch Inception or The Adjustment Bureau.
        This flick is pretty upfront about what it is and is not.
        Get back in touch with your inner Cavemen and save the “Substance” for date night.

  8. Vanessa Hudgins & Jamie Chung look hot!

  9. In the mind, how many imagined worlds take on a life of their own and eventually take over…isn’t that the route to insanity anyway? Far too easy to downplay this short I think huh?? Did you not consider the underlying play of the short perhaps hint on the fundamentals of an insanity?

    Personally, I liked the short…as a short…is the background to it ANYTHING like I have mentioned above? Maybe not…perhaps I imagined it.


  10. It bugs me, too, that it’s all in her head. I would have liked a movie where it’s real, that dimensions and time have collided and this “world” exists.

  11. I find the whole WW I altered reality more interesting than the girl in an insane asylum bit. I loved ‘The Trenches,’ it invokes a lot of MTV’s old Liquid Television with me. I have a feeling/fear that all the best WW I CGI is in the trailers and that the movie won’t add too much to it.

    Kind of makes me wish they put as much effort into a good WW I flick. They could of probably hit a home run with this CGI and an ‘All Quiet on the Western . . .’ for the modern audience.