By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Take another look at the veteran effects wizard’s decades-in-the-works nightmarish animated genre project.
MAD GOD, which was won awards at the Fantasia, Sitges and Trieste festivals, debuts on Shudder June 16. Written and directed by Phil Tippett, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator of visual effects for JURASSIC PARK, STARSHIP TROOPERS, ROBOCOP and the first two STAR WARS films among many others, the movie’s voice cast includes Alex Cox, Niketa Roman, Satish Ratakonda, Harper Taylor and Brynn Taylor. The synopsis: “MAD GOD is an experimental animated film set in a world of monsters, mad scientists and war pigs. A corroded diving bell descends amidst a ruined city, settling down upon an ominous fortress guarded by zombie-like sentries. The Assassin emerges to explore a labyrinth of bizarre, desolate landscapes inhabited by freakish denizens. Through unexpected twists and turns, he experiences an evolution beyond his wildest comprehension. A labor of love that has taken 30 years to complete, MAD GOD combines live-action and stop-motion, miniature sets and other innovative techniques to bring Tippett’s wholly unique and grotesquely beautiful vision to life.”