For Scott Pilgrim fans, the past few months have been one rip-roaring rollercoaster ride after another after another after another after (you get what I’m saying here). First, there was the release of the good, the better, and the best movie trailers, all of which practically cracked Twitter in half. Then came the perfectly retro video game trailer, just in time for E3. Next, the sixth and final volume of the graphic novel series dropped to both fan and critical acclamation.
Now, coinciding with the theatrical release, comes Scott Pilgrim VS. The Animation.
According to SlashFilm, Universal Pictures hired [adult swim] to produce an animated relative to the impending major motion picture — you know, something the kids might enjoy. Rather than piggyback off Edgar Wright and company, [adult swim], by way of Titmouse, Inc., adapted two scenes from the books that didn’t have the good fortune to make it into the movie, both pertaining to Scott’s high school days.
So says producer Jason Demarco about the project:
"We were approached by Universal to do something cool around the release of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Being huge fans of the comic, and very excited about the film, we asked if we could produce an animated short in the style of the comic. The filmmakers and Bryan Lee O’Malley were into the idea, so we actually made it! Edgar Wright was kind enough to secure some of the talent from the film for us, so we have Michael Cera as Scott, Allison Pill as Kim, Mae Whitman as Lisa and Jason Schwartzman as Simon Lee doing voices in the short."
Basically, you’ll get to meet a character named Lisa Miller, not in the movie, who plays a fairly prominent role in Volume Four, as well as learn more about Scott and Kim Pine’s previous boyfriend/girlfriend romance. Don’t know who Kim Pine is? She’s the drummer in Scott’s band, Sex-Bob-Omb, who screams, “1-2-3-4!” before banging the drums in the aforementioned good/better/best trailers.
Check out the teaser for Scott Pilgrim VS. The Animation:
As well as a short clip from the animated project:
Is it just me or does Michael Cera sound half-asleep in these clips?
Interestingly enough, both Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited) and Whitman (Arrested Development) are in the animated scenes - but voicing different characters from that of their live-action counterparts. And even more interestingly enough, it was Scott Pilgrim creator Brian Lee O’Malley’s idea that Whitman should voice Lisa Kelly - to which Arrested Development's Michael Bluth said, “Her?”
Both parts of Scott Pilgrim VS. The Animation will air on [adult swim] during commercial breaks on Aug. 12th, the night before the movie release - as well as on the film's Facebook page.
Scott Pilgrim VS. The World attacks theaters on August 13th.